The global issue of paper cup recycling is a difficult one to solve. The problem being that different organisations use cups in different ways and consumers dispose of cups in different ways. Caneware have focused on the closed loop type consumers where compostable packaging can properly collected and processed.
Caneware cups are PLA lined which makes them fully compostable. However, where we are different is that we use bagasse rather than traditional paper from trees. Our belief is that its better to try and use waste materials and turn them into something useful. We use waste sugarcane pulp from sugar manufacturing and process it into a useable and printable paperboard. Our cups are not only 100% natural but they actively save trees.
Our cups perform in exactly the same way as a PE coated or PLA coated paper cup made from traditional paper sources. With a service temperature of 0℃ - 95℃, Caneware cups can be used with confidence for teas and American type coffees. In less technical terms, the feel of a Caneware cup is on par with the thickest 280inner/320gsm outer paper cup.
We have EN13432 compostable certification
We also work with a compostable packaging collection scheme called Compost Club which helps to collect Caneware cups and makes sure they are processed at suitable composting facilities. Half the battle with packaging is making sure it is collected and disposed of in the right way. By partnering with organisations like Compost Club we can make sure this happened.
Having said that we also understand that compostable packaging isn't the answer for a lot of retailers such as high street chains. This is why we are currently developing a caneware bagasse cup with an alternative lining which will allow cups to be recycled in any paper recycling facility. The aim is to make sure that if a consumer puts one of our paper cups into a paper recycling bin, that cup can be easily recycled with objects such as newspapers. We believe this is the answer to the paper cup issue. An easily recyclable cup.