Replacing Polyethylene to Make Paper Cups More Recyclable
20 million+ trees are cut down for single-use paper cups every year
One tree produces between 2,500 and 3,000 paper cups
500 billion paper coffee cups are used worldwide annually
Less than 1% of paper coffee cups used worldwide are recycled
Currently, most paper cups are created with a plastic polyethylene coating to act as a moisture barrier and joint sealant. Without this layer, cups would fail to hold liquids for more than a few minutes.
However, it becomes complicated, costly and challenging to effectively process paper cups for recycling. Furthermore, this unrecycled plastic can take decades to break down harming the natural environment.
Our innovative approach
We asked ourselves how we could increase the recyclability of disposable coffee cups. With our partner, an advanced technology developer for moulded pulp and paper forming, we began to moulded pulp and paper forming, we began to reimagine how the paper cup is made.
Our in-depth product knowledge and our out-of-box thinking when exploring possible new applications for existing materials led us to a natural, organic polymer commonly used in natural, organic polymer commonly used in detergent tablets. By laminating this polymer in conjunction with our partner’s unique conjunction with our par manufacturing process, we are developing a formed paper cup with no joints.
At the same time, the ﬁnal product is entirely natural and fully recyclable as the natural polymer and fully recyclable as the natural polymer dissolves during the process.
As the paper cups become available for major coffee and food brands worldwide, we’re excited to see how our technology can help reduce the billions of disposable cups that go unrecycled each year.