We sat down with @missysippytumbler ‘s Bernice Cheng to learn more about her aspiring reusable cup business inspired by the goal of raising awareness for the environment.

Nomtrips: Tell us a little about Missy Sippy Tumbler.

Bernice: Missy Sippy focuses on handmaking customizable tumblers that are eco-friendly for users. Our tumblers are great for storing beverages such as bubble tea, smoothies, milkshakes and more.

Our tumblers are assembled by yours truly. And customers have the option to get their tumbler customized. They can either send me their own design or I can design the decors based on their request.

To get the design onto the tumbler, we use a machine to cut the vinyl that sticks to the tumblers and then apply a layer of top coat (aka.Epoxy) onto the tumbler to secure the design. It requires at least 12 hours for the epoxy to cure. For this partial reason, our customer’s would usually need to wait roughly 2 weeks for the tumbler to complete.

Nomtrips: What inspired you to the idea?

Bernice: It all began with my annual Christmas DIY gifts for my friends. I enjoy crafting and it helps to keep my budget low during the festive season. During November 2018 while I was lining up at a Bubble tea shop, I saw a mountain of used plastic cups in the trash can.  I didn’t feel good looking at it. But that was also when the light bulb inside my head lit up. And that’s how I began my Missy Sippy journey.

Nomtrips: What do you want foodies to know about being eco-aware and plastics?

Bernice: It’s all about getting into the habit of bringing your own reusable containers or shopping bags when you head out the door. Yes, sometimes it’s troublesome to bring it with you but long term wise you are creating less waste for the planet. It’s the small habits that make a huge impact. As cheesy as it sounds, we only have one earth and we need to treat it with care.

Nomtrips: Describe the reaction from McDonald’s, Coco and Starbucks when you asked them to use your own cup.

Bernice: It’s all about getting into the habit of bringing your own reusable containers or shopping bags when you head out the door. Yes, sometimes it’s troublesome to bring it with you but long term wise you are creating less waste for the planet. It’s the small habits that make a huge impact. As cheesy as it sounds, we only have one earth and we need to treat it with care.

When we asked a McDonald’s staff, his reaction was a little bit confused at first. But he asked his manager and he gave him an “okay” signal. They were nice about it. 

When we asked a Coco Fresh Tea & Juice staff to make us 10 drinks, we kept the drinks simple and try to go at the time that there are fewer people in the store. The staffs there were very nice. They gave me the feeling of, “Okay, large order coming up, let’s get it done!”, and within 10 minutes they were done with our order.

As for Starbucks, they were used to the concept of people bringing in their own tumblers. They were very open-minded about this idea. Therefore, we had no problem using our tumblers. Starbucks even encourages people to bring your own tumbler by giving 10 cents off to your purchase.

We had another interesting encounter a couple of days ago when we brought our tumblers to a restaurant. When we ask if it would be alright to put our drinks in our tumbler, the waitress looked confused and paused for a second. Her response was, “Yes! Of course! That way we can wash fewer cups!”. It was hilarious. I guess it was a win-win situation?

Nomtrips: Any tips to when you order?

Bernice: Always ask and be ready to take “No” for an answer. Always ask the staff to see if it’s alright to use your tumblers or containers beforehand. If they look confused, just explain to them your intention. If they say “No”, that’s alright too. Don’t be upset with the cashier or waiter because, at the end of the day, we as consumers need to respect the store’s decision as well.

Nomtrips: Where you’re hoping to go with it? A business… Do you have partners?

Bernice: Right now, I look at Missy Sippy as a hobby and hope to influence people to start bringing their own containers to restaurants or shopping bags to supermarkets. I find it important to slowly incorporate these habits into our daily life so we will be ready when 2040 zero waste takes into action for Vancouver.

I don’t have a business partner now but I am very blessed to have my boyfriend who helps me manage Missy Sippy’s Instagram account. He is the man behind the camera that takes all the amazing photos for Missy Sippy. He is also the one who comes up with all the interesting (to me but cheesy to most) captions for each post. He is a very supportive boyfriend who has given me a lot of great advice to help me get to where I am now.

In summary:
We wanted to help Bernice spread the word as we too believe in being an eco-aware foodie. Plastics are a worldwide problem, and we can certainly do our part.

Please give @missysippytumbler a follow to support their great cause.

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