Mini-Guide to Recyclable vs Biodegradable vs Compostable Cups
You know what’s great about 2019?
The number of eco-friendly disposal options available.
However, with all these materials and disposal choices comes complications as well. It’s sort of like learning a new system to re-friend ourselves with the planet, while also taking into consideration budgets, customer convenience, and overall quality.
One of the biggest disposable items on the market today is compostable cups.
But what does compostable mean? And what sets it apart from say, recyclable or biodegradable cups?
Before introducing this exciting eco product world to your business, an important step is to educate yourself and your staff.
(Just a bit).
So, let us be your guide to figuring out what type of material is best for your business, and how you can take this knowledge to become an industry influencer with your fully-stocked, eco-friendly food packaging supply.
The Three Main Disposable Cup Material Choices
So, you can’t decide which environmentally-friendly disposable cup material to choose.
You’re tempted to pick the cheapest option, but you know that won’t fare well with customers (or the planet for that matter).
Understanding the eco-friendly disposal system and the material options available will help you become more confident and reliable in the industry.
Let’s dig in.
Compostable plastic is huge these days.
And one of the most popular items on the menu is compostable cups.
But what makes a cup compostable, exactly?
For plastic to be considered compostable, three main criteria are required:
- Biodegrade: this means it’s able to break down into carbon dioxide, biomass and water at the same rate as paper
- Disintegrate: once mixed in with the compost, it’s indistinguishable, meaning it breaks down to a near-invisible state.
- Eco-toxicity amount: during the biodegradation process, the material doesn’t produce any toxicity and afterward, the compost is able to produce plant life.
As we briefly reviewed above, biodegradable plastic is able to degrade or break down into carbon dioxide, biomass, and water.
It requires the item to degrade from being in contact with a naturally-occurring microorganism such as fungi or bacteria over a certain period of time.
A fully biodegradable plastic cup should also leave a toxic-less residue trace.
Recycled plastic materials are able to be treated or processed in order for the item to be reused in another form.
However, there are a few downfalls when it comes to recyclable items.
First, unlike composting, recycling still uses a significant amount of energy, which is another major stressor on our planet.
Also, shockingly, thanks to China’s new recycling rules, the majority of recycled items aren’t actually recycled and will end up in landfills anyway.
Your Next Move
So, what will you do with this powerful knowledge?
By educating yourself and your team, you can now begin showing customers that you’re not only on their side, but an influencer in the industry.
Ready to get started? Pick up the absolute best compostable cups on the market and start advertising your newfound wisdom.
We’re behind you all the way.
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