What to use if I have to use. Your guide to the most environmentally conscious disposable cups.

Although our the goal of this campaign is to totally embargo the use of disposable cups from our coffee drinking culture, we acknowledge that this objective has ways to go until we reach our objective. As such, it would be negligent to not offer support for those struggling with the weight of their environmental impact in their mandatory requirements for providing disposable cups to their customers. Of course, in my opinion every café should just stock reusable cups, but creating movements and changing public opinion takes time and we can’t just let this problem fall through the cracks and into landfills in the mean time. Therefore, what follows is a list of 3 of the most popular environmentally conscious disposable cups on the market.

“49% of the CO2 emissions associated with a paper cup are from the raw materials. It is therefore imperative to source materials with low carbon footprints and minimal environmental impacts.”


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BioCups products are sourced from responsibly managed paper plantations and created with a coated corn-based biopolymer coating called Ingeo. Bioplastics save fossil resources by using biomass which regenerates (annually) and affords biodegradability. Furthermore all components of Biopak cups, including the inks, lids and production facilities are made from renewable resources and are certified carbon neutral.

The piechart shows the CO2 emissions for each stage in the lifecycle of this product. Identifying the areas with the largest contribution allows us to focus our efforts to reduce the associated environmental impacts. All our carbon emissions are offset.

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For more info check out their site for a detailed list of their environmental initiatives and certifications.

Eco Products

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Eco products are Made from 100% renewable resources and lined with Ingeo biopolymer. Their cups are created with renewable recourses and post-consumer recycled content that is compostable. Their focus on the ‘cradle-to-grave’ lifecycle of their products measures and tracks their environmental impacts like carbon, energy and water that go into our raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, shipping, and distribution. By breaking down their entire carbon footprint they have been able to create innovative ways to divert waste pollution.

What you see here is a basic breakdown of what makes up their entire carbon footprint in comparison.

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For more info check out their site for a detailed list of their environmental initiatives and certifications.

Side note. There is an entire range of compostable and biodegradable disposals for food-service and packaging requirements made with Ingeo biopolymer available to consumers. Check out this link for more info.


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Similarly these cups are made with 72% less carbon emissions then plastic,  completely compostable, made with a plant based PLA lining and a plant based PLA lids.  Vegware doesn’t showcase a break down of their environmental footprint but they do include a list of their materials, which are interesting to consider.

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Sometimes Comrade, the use of disposable packaging is just unavoidable. Thankfully companies, like the ones seen above, are actively to minimising their carbon footprint, waste offset and use of plastics in their products. Look out for their logos or simply ask your barista if their cups are lined with Ingeo biopolymer if you absolutely must use a disposable cup.

Always remain conscious Comrade.

If you have any feedback or any other interesting companies that deserve to be listed here please comment below.

Till next time Comrades – End the Cup Madness


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