Replacing Polyethylene to Make Paper Cups More Recyclable
We use around 500 billion disposable coffee cups worldwide each year. Less than 1% of those get recycled, with the rest ending up in landﬁlls or, worse still, in the ocean.
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 rethink how the paper cup is made.
One tree produces between 2,500 and 3,000 paper cups. More than 20 million trees are cut down each year solely for the manufacture of single-use paper cups.
A cup full of innovation
This new and patented process makes the paper hydrophobic so that it can hold liquids. 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.