These are a very common item, frequently used in offices or schools; normally alongside a water cooler / dispenser or vending machine.
Traditionally these cups have been made from either Polypropylene or Polystyrene, depending on the source and manufacturer of the product. Despite some recent press regarding single use disposable plastics, in this sort of environment the waste is actually very easily managed. The cups tend to be used close to the water cooler itself so all that’s required is a bin for plastic waste only. After collection the waste plastic cups can be sent for recycling – Polypropylene and Polystyrene are accepted by all plastic waste processing plants.
The new cup we’ve launched today is a biodegradable PLA / corn starch based version of the most popular 7oz size of water cooler cup, designed for customers that want to use a biodegradable version instead of a traditional plastic version. For all intents and purposes these look and feel the same, however they feature no plastic; they’re made from corn starch derived PLA (Polylactic Acid). This has the added benefit of breaking down naturally.
In public sector offices especially we’re finding that mandates are in place to use biodegradable plastics only, this item is ideal for replacing traditional plastic cups in this environment.
These new biodegradable plastic cups are available straight away from stock with next day delivery available. Samples can be requested by getting in touch with our sales team. You can find these new biodegradable plastic cups on our site at: https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/biodegradable-plastic-cups
Brand new in today are our new high quality reusable hot drink cups, these are a classic porcelain mug style and designed to mimic the appearance of a regular cup.
We’re stocking this item as a high gloss white colour or a completely clear variety; designed primarily for fruit teas and other specialty drinks. Both are the most popular 12oz / 350ml capacity so great for either commercial or home use. Due to their sturdy polycarbonate construction they’re also ideal for use on the go, such as in the caravan or at the beach.
Polycarbonate has a huge advantage over traditional ceramic or porcelain mugs, strength. For all intents and purposes these reusable glasses are nearly indestructible. They can be dropped onto a hard surface, stepped on or crushed and they won’t break. Polycarbonate is also a great insulator so cups remain comfortable to hold, they don’t get too hot to hold under normal use.
These items are available from stock straight away as full boxes of 24; visit our reusable coffee cups category for more information at: https://innsupplies.com/reusable/polycarbonate-coffee-cups
With all the negativity circulating regarding the country’s failure to correctly sort, process and recycle plastic waste, it’s good to see some progress and innovation in the recycling world. It’s no secret that plastic waste (especially from food packaging, plastic cups, bottles etc) is a huge issue worldwide. These plastics are commonly not recycled and end up in landfill; they will then often take hundreds of years to break down.
In 2015 a scheme was trialled where plastic waste was used instead of crude oil to form the bitumen used for paving roads (see https://newatlas.com/vancouver-recycled-plastic-warm-mix-asphalt/25254/). There are numerous benefits to repurposing plastic waste in this manner, not least of which is the potential to vastly reduce plastic waste sent to landfill. Other benefits of this scheme include:
- Reduced pollution; where plastics would have been potentially been incinerated.
- Ease of recycling; bitumen can be made from Thermosets, Elastomers and Thermoplastics meaning reduced reliance on complex sorting.
- Less dependence on crude oil traditionally used in road construction.
- Plastics can be used to create a more flexible and hard-wearing surface, resistant to breakage and temperature related damage.
In Vancouver there is already widespread use of this process (https://thinkprogress.org/netherlands-company-introduces-plastic-roads-that-are-more-durable-climate-friendly-than-asphalt-ecb7c2a11a50/), even to the extent that modular premade blocks are used.
The only barrier to using waste plastics in this manner is the current lack of scalable infrastructure to collect and sort the waste plastics. With the correct investment and increase awareness of new recycling opportunities we could drastically cut the amount of plastic waste ending up in landfill.
Currently the UK seems more fixated on eliminating the usage of single-use plastics across the board, however this is a rather optimistic and short sighted goal. The simple fact of the matter is that single use plastics like plastic cups are often a necessity. Wouldn’t it be better all round to tackle the real issue here, which is the lack of correct waste collection, recycling and sortation facilities? With increased awareness, subsidies and incentives there’s enormous potential for progress.
We’ve revised our range of Polypropylene Blue tinted water cooler cups, instead of the original faint Blue tint the cups are a far more vibrant and distinctive aquatic Blue colour, this applies to the 7oz cups and the newly launched 9oz variety. Both the 7oz and 9oz cups are available in the following configurations:
- Single pack / 100
- Compact case / 1,000
- Full case / 2,000
- Full pallet / 30,000 – 76,000
All these cups come packed in colourful and plastic sleeves – bar coded on both the inner and outer packaging. These cups are specifically designed for high volume use with cold drinks / water coolers, normally used in the workplace or at schools / similar academic institutions. They’re also extremely popular with outdoor sporting events and functions.
Click here to view out full range of water cooler cups.