At Espresso@Home one of our key aims is to reduce our global carbon footprint by being as eco-friendly as possible. One of the easiest ways to do this in the coffee industry is by using alternatives to disposable coffee cups. In the UK we throw away 2.5 billion coffee cups per year, with the US going much higher with up to 50 billion! This needs to change sooner rather than later since it is simply not sustainable for the planet. Read on below for some eco-friendly alternatives to disposable coffee cups.
Compostable Coffee Cups
Compostable Coffee cups are a great alternate. Sustainable cups in your coffee shop are bound to be received positively. A compostable coffee cup, that is both recyclable and compostable makes it much more eco-friendly than regular plastic. A Compostable cup is handy for people who may not have recycling bins.
Seaweed Coffee Cups
The majority of newer coffee cups are made from renewable and natural materials. Seaweed coffee cups are made from ordinary paper and seaweed liner. Seaweed is of course plant-based so it is renewable, eco-friendly and is extremely convenient due to it being the fastest growing plant in the world.
Bioplastic Coffee Cups
PLA (Polylactic acid) is currently the most used raw material for coffee cups in the market. The majority of renewable coffee cups are created from PLA, including bio and sugarcane coffee cups. Bioplastic coffee cups are made up entirely of PLA. These cups are recyclable as well as biodegradable making them extremely eco-friendly. A large amount of companies within the coffee industry are using bioplastic coffee cups, this is due to them being easily recyclable and sustainable.
Sugarcane Coffee Cups
Due to higher demand for more eco-friendly ways to replace disposable coffee cups, there are always going to be new inventions. The plant-based material that is emerging as a viable option for coffee cups is sugarcane. Sugarcane coffee cups are currently not readily available yet the idea is a great prospect and it could become a key eco-friendly material to make coffee cups in the near future. Similar to bio coffee cups they are insulated with PLA. PLA is a biofilm of cornstarch which makes the coffee cup renewable, recyclable and compostable. This means that the most viable option in the future may be sugarcane yet currently this is not the case.
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