As part of our new 2018 biodegradable range of cups, we’ve added an alternative to the popular brown ripple cups. This new Biodegradable version looks and feels, for all intents and purposes, the same as the regular brown insulated cups. The key difference (other than the INGEO biodegradable branding round the base) is that it has a PLA corn starch lining rather than the usual PE plastic inner lining, this means it is completely biodegradable and eco-friendly.
For maximum flexibility the cups have the same 80mm (8oz) and 90mm (12,16oz) rim diameters as the rest of our cup range. This means you can use the regular white or black lids if required, or use the compostable lids for a completely biodegradable solution.
For café’s and other commercial users the appearance has been kept intentionally similar to the regular brown ripple cups, this means making the switch to biodegradable items should seamlessly fit into any front of house environment.
We’ve expanded our increasingly popular range of biodegradable paper cups with a line of double wall insulated cups with a PLA (Polylactic Acid) compostable lining. These feature the same great heat insulation as the disposable PE coated double wall cups, but use a PLA lining instead.
We’ve seen a strong market swing towards biodegradable items through 2018, as such our already strong range of eco-friendly products has been significantly expanded to encompass insulated cups, lids, straws and plastic glasses.
Our double wall biodegradable cups are available in the usual sizes; 8oz (small), 12oz (medium) and 16oz (large). These accept the same lid sizes as the rest of our cups range, 80mm for the 8oz cups and 90mm for the 12 and 16oz sizes.
Compostable / Biodegradable paper cups have seen an exponential increase in popularity since their introduction way back in 2012. More and more commercial customers are adopting these cups as an alternative to the more traditional plain white single wall paper cups. In the UK we use currently use 7 million paper cups every day and there’s currently a push in the media promoting switching to compostable products.
The actual cup itself is exactly the same, made from the same virgin grade paperboard as any other single wall cup. The difference comes from the lining used inside the cup. All disposable cups need some sort of inner lining to maintain the integrity of the cup, without any lining the cup would absorb water, leak and go rather soggy! The lining forms a waterproof barrier and stops the paper absorbing liquid.
A regular disposable cup has a PE lining (polyethylene), this is a plastic-based product which is not compostable. Biodegradable cups feature a different type of lining; this is PLA (Polylactic Acid), a resin made from corn starch. This lining is completely biodegradable and compostable. Our cups comply with EN13432, which is the European standard for compostability.
Biodegradable paper cups can be sent to any composting facility for processing. It’s increasingly common to find mandates to use biodegradable disposables in the workplace, in these scenarios, where companies have a composting scheme set up, our range of PLA biodegradable cups are the perfect solution.
We also stock a range of biodegradable plastic lids to fit this range of cups; these are the same size as the regular lids used for our 8oz or 10-20oz cups. You could even use these on our full range of cups if desired.