Our disposable paper cups are great for coffee, tea, water, or juice. They are made from sustainable, recyclable, and biodegradable materials.
Have you thought about branding your disposable paper cups? Printing your business' logo or colours, or applying branded stickers onto your paper cups is a great marketing strategy.
Whether your consumer enjoys their drink on a busy high street, on a park bench, or inside their office - paper cup branding can effectively 'spread the word' about your business – please contact us for further information about branding your disposable paper cups (minimum quantities apply).
Paper cups, also commonly known as disposable cups, are primarily made out of paper and lined with polyethylene or another suitable leak-proof material. This inner lining prevents liquid from leaking through the paper. More information about paper cups can be found on Wikipedia.
Yes, all of our paper cups are designed to be used with hot drinks. They are also suitable for cold drinks.
A single wall paper cup consists of a single layer of paper, whilst a double wall paper cup consists of two layers of paper. The additional layer of paper in a double wall paper cup provides extra heat protection to the consumer, hence why it is commonly used with relatively hot drinks such as black coffees.
> Why would I need to use a sleeve with my paper cup?
Using a sleeve with a single wall paper cup provides similar heat protection to that of the double wall paper cup. Some of our customers prefer the look of a sleeve on a single wall paper cup (especially if the sleeve is branded). Also, using a sleeve reduces the need to stock both single wall and double wall paper cups which makes it a cost-effective solution to serving a variety of hot drinks.
> What is a ripple cup?
A ripple cup is essentially a single wall paper cup with an extra layer of rippled paper around it. In addition to its unique look, the ripple paper cup provides similar heat protection to that of the double wall paper cup, hence why it is commonly used with relatively hot drinks such as black coffees.
> What type of paper do you use to make your paper cups?
The paper used to make our paper cups is FSC certified, which means that the paper originates from a certified sustainable source.
> Can the standard (non-biodegradable) paper cups be fully recycled?
Standard paper cups (the most common type of paper cup used in the UK) can be recycled but they are not ‘widely recyclable’. This is because very few recycling facilities in the UK can separate the plastic lining (the lining is needed to make the paper cup leak-proof) from the paper cup.
> What are biodegradable paper cups?
Biodegradable paper cups are different from standard paper cups because they do not have an oil-based inner plastic lining – instead, the lining is made from plant-based starch. This eco-friendly alternative makes the paper cup completely biodegradable.
> What is the difference between the terms ‘biodegradable’ and ‘compostable’?
If a product is biodegradable it means that it will breakdown over a period of time. For a product to be compostable it has to breakdown within 6 months at a composting facility. All of our biodegradable paper cups are also compostable.
> Can biodegradable paper cups be recycled too?
Biodegradable paper cups cannot be recycled in the traditional sense - they need to be composted.
Here is a rough guide on which coffee cup size(s) and style(s) our customers tend to use for some of the most popular hot drinks:
Ø Espresso: 4oz / Single Wall Paper Cup, Ripple Paper Cup.
Ø Double Espresso: 4oz / Single Wall Paper Cup, Ripple Paper Cup.
Ø Short Macchiato: 4oz / Single Wall Paper Cup, Ripple Paper Cup.
Ø Long Macchiato: 6oz / Single Wall Paper Cup, Ripple Paper Cup.
Ø Ristretto: 4oz / Single Wall Paper Cup, Ripple Paper Cup.
Ø Americano: 12oz, 16oz - Single Wall Paper Cup with Sleeve, Double Wall Cup, Ripple Paper Cup.
Ø Café Latte: 8oz, 10oz, 12oz, 16oz / Single Wall Paper Cup, Double Wall Paper Cup, Ripple Paper Cup.
Ø Cappuccino: 8oz, 10oz, 12oz, 16oz / Single Wall Paper Cup, Double Wall Paper Cup, Ripple Paper Cup.
Ø Flat White: 6oz, 8oz / Single Wall Paper Cup, Double Wall Paper Cup, Ripple Paper Cup.
Ø Piccolo Latte: 6oz, 8oz / Single Wall Paper Cup, Double Wall Paper Cup, Ripple Paper Cup.
Ø Mocha: 8oz, 10oz, 12oz, 16oz / Single Wall Paper Cup, Double Wall Paper Cup, Ripple Paper Cup
Ø Tea: 12oz, 16oz / Single Wall Paper Cup with Sleeve, Double Wall Cup, Ripple Paper Cup.
No, our disposable coffee cups and coffee cup lids are sold separately, because not all of our customers use the lids.
Yes, we can print your logo or colours onto our paper cups. The minimum order quantity to print directly onto our paper cups is 10,000 pieces per style / size. Please contact us for more information about pricing and lead times.
Yes, sticker branding is a cost-effective solution to branding paper cups, especially if you can’t meet the MOQ of direct printing. The minimum order quantity for producing stickers is only 1000 pieces. Please contact us for more information about pricing and lead times.
When most people head to their local coffee shop for an afternoon pick-me-up or stop by a coffee chain for a caffeine boost on the way to work, not much thought is given to the disposable coffee cup which is being used. In fact, most people are unlikely to know if the disposable coffee cup they are using is eco-friendly or recyclable. This lack of awareness has led to a worrying amount of disposable coffee cup waste.
Around 58 billion disposable coffee cups are used worldwide every year, with 2.5 billion of these used in the UK alone. Currently, less than 0.25% of disposable coffee cups are recycled in the UK. To compare, 50% of aluminium cans and 57% of plastic bottles are recycled respectively.
The majority of disposable coffee cups consist of paper which has been chemically treated with polyethylene. Polyethylene ensures that the disposable coffee cup can hold a hot liquid safely and securely.
However, this fusion of paper and plastic makes it extremely difficult for the disposable coffee cup to be recycled after use – there are currently only a handful of facilities within the UK that can separate the plastic from the paper, and therefore the majority of these disposable coffee cups must be sent to landfill after use.
This lack of recycling has put further pressure onto raw material sources, and this simply isn’t sustainable.
In order to reduce the UK’s disposable coffee cup waste, steps must be taken to reduce the production of disposable coffee cups which cannot be fully recycled or composted after use.
The use of fully biodegradable disposable coffee cups is proving to be an effective solution in reducing the amount of disposable coffee cup waste residing in landfill. Biodegradable disposable coffee cups can quickly break down into their natural materials at a composting facility, without harming the environment.
Many large coffee chains are now beginning to choose fully biodegradable disposable coffee cups over the standard disposable coffee cups and it is hoped that eco-friendly shift will gather momentum and substantially reduce the disposable coffee cup waste residing in landfill.
What Can You Do?
Though disposable coffee cup recycling isn’t the first thought of most food businesses or consumers, it’s an issue which should be addressed. Ignorance over disposable coffee cup recycling has led to a gigantic build-up of waste which won’t be decomposing any time soon, and so it’s important that food businesses and consumers acknowledge the need to move away from using non-recyclable and non-biodegradable disposable coffee cups.
Many are also backing the encouragement of reusable coffee cups by supporting incentives such as placing a tax on disposable coffee cups, with some reports suggesting that adding a 25p charge on disposable coffee cups could increase the use of reusable alternatives and subsequently cut the number of disposable coffee cups being used in the UK by up to 300 million.
Here are some great articles on disposable coffee cup waste if you are interested in reading more on the topic - BBC April 2018, The Guardian March 2017, Telegraph Jan 2018. There is also an ongoing petition started by Friends of the Earth.