Being Good at tugo™

tugo luggage drink holders and the folks at Fli, LLC are consciously making decisions to make the smallest environmental impact possible. From the very beginning the only option in our eyes was to use a material for the product that is made without phthalates.

Phthalates are mainly used to increase the flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity of plastics, and are being phased out of many products in the United States and European Union over health concerns. The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization using the power of public information to protect public health and the environment, has more information.

tugo package.aspxAnother key decision was that the packaging of each tugo be made of paperboard (see right) instead of a petroleum-based option. The paperboard is easily recyclable and of a smaller volume than the plastic options. The smaller volume allows more pieces to be included in each box for shipment, so in addition to being able to recycle the packaging there are less resources required for shipping.

We also encourage our tugo users to do their part. The tugo is compatible with many reusable coffee cups without handles. Bringing your own mug on your trip is a small step that can make a big difference. Although many big-chain coffee stores like Starbucks are trying to make their disposable take-away cups more environmentally-friendly, the best option would be to bring your own mug for them to fill. This will often get you a discount on your beverage, and therefore is also a wallet-friendly option!

reusable cup in the tugo

Bring your coffee from home in the reusable mug for the trip to the airport. It will need to be empty for the pass through security, but once through you can refill with coffee (Starbucks gives 10 cent discount!) or water for your wait to board.


According to Sustainability is Sexy, “Waste, natural resources, and damage done by green house gases are all decreased by reusable cups after only 24 uses.” If it only takes 24 uses to come out ahead, a resuable cup is the clear winner.

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2 Responses to “Being Good at tugo™”

  1. [...] or cold) will fit in the tugo, as well as small and medium (up to 20 oz.) fountain drink cups. A reusable mug that is similar in shape to a take-away cup will also usually fit. Most water bottles don’t currently work in the tugo, but the retro-fit mesh bag is on its way [...]

  2. [...] fact, on their very well done web site and blog, they noted that being environmentally-friendly was a major concern when developing tugo. The [...]

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