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Biodegradable Paper Cup Types Explained

mixed groupInitially when biodegradable paper cups were first introduced into the UK they arrived in the most common variety, the single wall paper cup. This was the same as the regular recyclable cup but with a PLA lining instead of a PE (plastic) lining.

As biodegradability has become an exponentially important aspect of disposables, demand has increased sharply. As such the range of cup types available for customers who require a biodegradable paper cup is greater than ever.

We stock the following types of biodegradable cups:

  • Single wall “Ingeo” PLA paper cups
  • Double wall “Ingeo” PLA paper cups
  • Insulated ripple wall “Ingeo” PLA paper cups
  • Bamboo compostable paper cups
  • Triple layer “Ultimate” bamboo compostable paper cups

Our range now covers all the common cup types available, meaning there’s a biodegradable alternative to any of our regular ranges of disposable cups. The different levels of insulation work the exact same way as our non-biodegradable cups:

  • Single wall (including bamboo): The most popular variety, lowest cost per unit but only basic heat insulation.
  • Double Wall: An extra layer of insulation, much better heat retention and more comfortable to hold. Smooth outer wall.
  • Insulated Ripple: The best level of heat insulation has a tactile “rippled” outer which further improves insulation.
  • Triple Layer “ultimate” bamboo: The same high level of insulation as the ripple cups, but with a smooth outer wall.

Please feel free to get in touch with our friendly sales team with any queries you may have about our range of biodegradable paper cups.

 

Coffee market growth despite increased focus on sustainability

mixed groupAny industry that uses or depends on disposables will have experienced a turbulent couple of years, mainly following the huge global focus on sustainability and single use plastics / disposables etc.  A lot of media attention has centered around franchised coffee chains as they’re a very visible user of disposable products, namely disposable paper coffee cups.

Various coffee chains, such as Boston Tea Party for example, have sought to ban single use paper cups from their business entirely. Others have vouched to replace traditional plastic lined paper cups with biodegradable or compostable options in order to tick that all-important environmentally aware box. We’ve also seen the rise of schemes designed to recycle the plastic lined paper cups using a specific process to separate the plastic content first.

Initially there was a lot of skepticism of such schemes, especially in relation to how they’d affect the core business, and in turn, profitability. In reality however the takeaway coffee industry has continued to flourish and indeed grow. The UK market has doubled in size (£bn) between 2010 and 2018 and is forcasted to grow at an average of 6.8% per annum for next 6 years.

Some industry leaders have actually commented on how aligning themselves with current environmental concerns and trends has actually been instrumental to their growth. Quite the opposite of what analysts originally predicted. Commercial valuations specialists Christie & Co recently published an interesting roundup of opinions of their blog at: https://www.christie.com/news-resources/blogs/june-2019/propel-coffee-conference-2019-highlights-innovatio/?viewmode=0

UK consumers drink 3.3kg of coffee per head / per year (2015), however this is still behind USA and developed European competitors (4.5 – 6.5kg). Market trends and buying patterns suggest that the coffee to go market will continue to grow, and that it will simply learn to adapt in terms of reliance on disposables. This will be either through new compostable coatings or better collection, sortation and recycling facilities.

 

Product Spotlight: Jumbo Oversize 20oz Paper Coffee Cups

20oz-Kraft-Ripple-wThe most common paper cups sizes are 8oz and 12oz. We also stock lots of other speciality cup sizes such as the 4oz espresso cups, or the 6oz cups designed for flat whites. A less common coffee cup size is the 20oz cup, a full pint of capacity for extra-large Tea or Coffee.

We only offer these cups as a plain brown insulated ripple cup; obviously with a cup of this size you will require the extra insulation so the drink stays warm. Most Coffee chains use a 16oz cup as their largest size, but we had repeated requests for an even bigger cup to be used as a jumbo size.

This will never be the most popular cup size in your inventory, but it does seem to have a certain niche appeal for customers wanting to serve really large beverages.

As with the rest of our insulated kraft ripple range these have an extra barrier layer on the outside that keeps the drink warm and the cup comfortable to hold. You can purchase these as either a pack of 25 cups or a full case of 500. You can find our 20oz extra-large coffee cups at: https://innsupplies.com/20oz-kraft-ripple-takeaway-cups.html

What size paper cups do I need?

This is a very common question from private customers, but often from coffee shop / cart owners on occasions too. We stock a huge range of different paper cup types, these then come in a wide range of sizes. We realise this can be a somewhat bewildering range for the casual customer so we’ve put together a bit of a guide to help you make your choice.

The most common sizes are 8oz and 12oz, most customers will end up purchasing one of these sizes as they represent a small or regular serving of coffee. We have other more specialised sizes too though which might also be suitable.

4oz paper cups: these are sometimes mistaken for “the smallest size takeaway coffee cup”, purchased in error when an 8oz cup was actually required. A 4oz cup is an espresso shot only; you’d never serve a tea or regular coffee in this size. It’s also extremely popular with companies serving samples of their products.

6oz paper cups: generally these are purchased for serving the increasingly popular “flat white”. Some more specialised artisan coffee houses have also taken to using this size in place of the 8oz cup too.

8oz paper cups: the go-to size for a lot of customers, it’s generally classed as either a “small” or a “regular” in the coffee to go world.

10oz paper cups: designed specifically to fit under the nozzle of automatic coffee machines, these hold 10oz comfortably with the max capacity being a shade under 12oz. This is a common size of a medium / regular takeaway coffee.

12oz paper cups: normally considered a medium size and traditionally the most popular. It’s a versatile size that can be used for lots of different beverages, to reduce the number of cup sizes stocked some coffee chains will serve small / regular and medium servings in this size of cup.

16oz paper cups: the largest mainstream cup size you’ll encounter, it has the same diameter as a 12oz cup, it’s just quite a bit taller. Generally a coffee chain will use fewer of these than the more common 8 or 12oz sizes.

You can see our full range of cups on the paper coffee cups page: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/paper-cups

Dimensions and sizes

4oz paper cups

6oz paper cups

8oz paper cups

10oz paper cups

12oz paper cups

16oz paper cups

4oz

62mm rim
60mm tall

6oz

70mm rim
75mm tall

8oz

80mm rim
90mm tall

10oz

90mm rim
94mm tall

12oz

90mm rim
110mm tall

16oz

90mm rim
137mm tall

 

 

Can I recycle paper cups?

crushed-cupsThis has been a popular question as of late, with a hugely increased focus on environmental responsibility companies and private individuals using disposables now looking at their usage with sustainability in mind.

Before tackling the topic of recycling it’s important to note the different types of paper cups commonly in circulation:

  • Paper cups with PE (polyethylene) lining
  • Paper cups with PLA (cornstarch) lining
  • Bamboo cups with PLA (cornstarch) lining

It’s a common misconception that paper cups with a lining cannot be recycled; in fact this is completely untrue. Paper cups cannot simply be put in your regular household paper recycling stream as the lining is classed as a contaminant; however there are other ways of recycling the paperboard used in these cups.

All cups need some sort of lining, without this they will leak. We’re often asked why cup manufacturers don’t just remove the plastic lining. It’s there for a reason; it keeps your coffee in your cup!

To be recycled correctly paper cups either need to be “cut” or mixed with a pure source of paper recycling (newspaper for example) or sent to a specialised facility that has a process to separate the lining from the cup before recycling the paper part. Both of these methods are good alternatives to the recycling issue. When mixing the paper cup waste with a pure form of paper recycling, the plant is simply managing the contamination level to keep it within tolerance. A certain percentage of contamination is acceptable and still results in usable paper pulp. Separating the lining from the cup is the other option, if there’s a facility for this method available in your area then this will enable cups to be directly recycled – however this is very area dependent.

Looking to have your cups recycled? There are various schemes that we support which can assist with this, for example:

  • Save a cup can arrange collections of your cups if the volume of use is sufficient, they will then process the waste using a suitable facility: http://www.save-a-cup.co.uk/.
  • Simply cups offer a wealth of advice on cup recycling and also offer a “post back” service when you can send your cups for recycling: https://simplycups.co.uk/

Bamboo cups are a newer type of cup that doesn’t rely on traditional paperboard, as the name suggests they’re made from fast growing sustainable Bamboo grass. This is not suitable for recycling at present, but these cups are designed to be sent to commercial composting facilities where they’re processed and completely break down to mulch.

We recommend checking with your local council and asking what recycling and processing facilities are available in your area. Some councils have processing facilities dedicated to paper cups and are able to recycle or process them directly. As this is done on a per-council basis customers need to check what facilities are available in their area – it may well be that your local council has a regular collection that’s compatible with paper cups, or a collection centre.

You can find our full range of paper cups at: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/paper-cups

Bamboo Coffee Cups – Why Use Bamboo?

You may have noticed that we’ve received launched a brand new range of Bamboo coffee cups, available as either a standard single-wall cup or an insulated “ultimate” coffee cup. We’ve had lots of questions about this new range of cups, the most obvious asking why the sudden change to Bamboo when disposable cups have been traditionally made from paper for so long (originally developed in 1907 as the “Dixie Cup”.

The benefits of using Bamboo as a replacement for virgin grade paperboard are numerous. Although we only source paperboard from renewable and sustainable sources, there’s no getting away from the fact that the raw material comes from forestry. Since 2018 there has been a huge focus for the developed world being as ecologically responsible as possible. Trees are an important part of our ecosystem; however Bamboo can actually be used as an alternative raw material.

Bamboo is an amazingly fast growing grass; it requires no fertilizer and regenerates from its own roots. Compared with sustainable forestry of quick growing Birchwood for example, Bamboo grows many times faster resulting in a much better yield.

Bamboo cups are fully compostable when made using the PLA (cornstarch) lining we use for our range of cups – this means they break down completely when sent to an appropriate facility. There are no plastics left behind and no contaminants. These have proved to be enormous benefits with the ever increasing focus on sustainability and waste management.

Both ranges of Bamboo cups carry a distinctive and vibrant print, samples of which are available on request. We also stock completely biodegradable / compostable plastic lids to fit these cups for a completely eco-friendly solution.

You can find our full range of biodegradable paper cups including the Bamboo cups at: https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/biodegradable-paper-cups

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Insulated Bamboo “Ultimate” Paper Cups

ultimate bamboo group1Brand new on our website today are our Bamboo “Ultimate Eco” paper cups, made from Bamboo instead of paperboard as the name suggests. These are a natural / rustic colour instead of the usual white; no bleaching process is used on the raw material, perfect for café’s with natural / earthy themes and branding.

Our “ultimate” range of cups is unique in that it uses a single size of lid for the 8, 12 and 16oz sizes. With other cup ranges the 8oz cups take a smaller lid to the 12 and 16oz sizes. A single lid means one less item to keep in stock and less spaces required front-of-house when used commercially.

As with most of our other biodegradable items, our “ultimate eco” Bamboo paper cups feature a PLA (cornstarch based) lining instead of a plastic polyethylene layer. This means that the cups are completely biodegradable and compostable, they feature no plastics.

Triple layer “ultimate” paper cups feature superb heat insulation; they’ll retain the warmth of your drink while also preventing the cup from becoming uncomfortable to hold.

Samples are available on request, you can find these items in our biodegradable paper cups category at: https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/biodegradable-paper-cups

Compostable Paper Vending Cups

paper vending cups groupWe’ve stocked a popular range of paper vending cups for quite some time now; these are available in 4 main sizes from 7 – 12oz to suit most customers. With the recent trend of moving to biodegradable paper cups, we’ve launched a biodegradable version of the prism design paper vending cups in the 2 most popular sizes.

Our compostable paper vending cups feature the increasingly common PLA alternative lining rather than the traditional PE lining. PLA is made from corn starch rather than being oil-based, this means I can break down naturally and be composted.

You can the 7oz tall and 9oz versions of our new compostable paper vending cups at the following location: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/paper-cups/paper-vending-cups

cPLA Biodegradable Lids for 4oz Paper Cups

4oz-CPLA-BIO-Lid webWe’ve always supplied a small travel lid for our range of takeaway espresso cups, however these are made from PP (Polypropylene) plastic.  With a sizable number of our customers moving to biodegradable alternatives we’re now stocking a biodegradable cPLA lid to fit these cups, as with the rest of our cup range. The cPLA lids are made from a cornstarch base, they’re completely biodegradable so a great match for our small 4oz biodegradable espresso cups.

Unlike many other 4oz plastic lids on the market, ours are a sip through traveler lid rather than a flat sealing lid. They’re designed for espresso consumption on the go.

You can find these listed in our sip through lids category and alongside the rest of our 4oz paper cups.

PLA Biodegradable Double Wall Paper Cups – New Size

16oz-double-wall bio webThese were initially launched in 8 and 12oz sizes only, however due to their popularity we’ve added the larger 16oz size to the range also. Our range of biodegradable double wall paper cups use a PLA (polylactic acid) coating on the paper instead of the more common PE (Polyethylene) plastic coating, this means they are completely biodegradable

The large 16oz size accepts the same 90mm lid as the 12oz size, you can choose from our regular plastic lids or purchase one of the newer biodegradable cPLA lids for a completely eco-friendly solution to takeaway coffee.

You can find the 16oz double wall biodegradable cups here: https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/biodegradable-paper-cups