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What are the alternatives to foam cups?

Over the years, polystyrene cups have become a staple sight at burger vans, takeaway outlets and small cafés alike.

The EU’s recent introduction of the Single-Use Plastic Directive, which will see certain single-use plastic products including expanded polystyrene (EPS) like foam cups banned by 2021, means these products will be disappearing very soon. Despite no longer being a member of the European Union, the UK plans to match or exceed the EU’s actions in this area. As a result, we have already noticed a steep increase in customers looking for alternatives and we want to help. 

Compostable and Biodegradable 

PLA is a plant-based material, used as an alternative to standard plastics made from petroleum. Seedling certified products, like our Planet range, breakdown in under 12 weeks in commercial composting conditions, an eco-friendly and sustainable solution.

Plastic Vs Paper 

For an environmental option without the price tag, paper cups can be a happy medium and are easier to recycle than their polystyrene counterparts. Although paper cups are not currently taken by household collection schemes, they can be recycled at household waste recycling centres across the nation. Alternatively, there are several cup recovery schemes across the UK, arranged by waste contractors such as Veolia. 

Why use a cup recovery scheme?

Cup recovery schemes can help businesses meet their corporate responsibility targets. 

The reduction of waste sent to landfill reduces the overall disposal costs including environmental compliance and landfill tax. 

Helps to satisfy customer expectations – studies show that customers’ purchasing decisions are being affected by environmental concerns.