Only one percent of coffee cups are recycled across the world. Despite this, research has shown that most consumers want their takeaway coffee cups to be sustainable.
In the past couple of years, more branded coffee shops are doing their best to introduce better environmental services. Recycling schemes have been the main focus because many coffee cups are still made from a combination of non-recyclable paper and a plastic waterproof edging.
Biome Bioplastics, a British bio-based company, has made a breakthrough with the first biodegradable coffee cup. The product, which is made from plant matter, can turn into water and carbon within three months.
– When 2,5 billion takeaway cups are thrown away each year, and less than one per cent are recycled, each cup adds up, says Biome Bioplastics CEO Paul Mines. Never before have such bioplastic materials for disposable cups and lids been made that are fully compostable and recyclable, while still performing like petroleum-based plastic under heat and stress.
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