A problem of global proportions…
All today’s disposable cups contain plastic. Even those cardboard cups have an inner layer of thin plastic to prevent leaking. Disposable cups with a layer of bioplastic film have been on the market for a while now, but these also need to be recycled in special incinerators; something that seldom ever happens in practice. So, we are still throwing away millions of these cups every single day.
16 billion coffee cups a year
Every year, an estimated 16 billion single-use paper coffee cups are used globally. All disposable cups currently on the market contain a thin plastic inner lining to prevent leaking. Because it is attached to paper, this plastic lining makes disposable cups extremely difficult to recycle.
The first plastic-free, home compostable, disposable cup
We took up the challenge to launch the development of an environmentally friendly alternative to disposable cups that works just as well as cups made with plastic. This challenge meant creating a disposable cup that can handle both hot and cold beverages, that you can print on, and that doesn’t cost much more to produce. And it succeeded.
The new Jungle Cup® replaces the plastic inner lining with a thin water-based membrane material helping the cup achieve the ‘Flustix’ certified plastic-free certification. It is also the only disposable cup in the world made from materials certified as ‘OK compost HOME,’ meaning it is biodegradable in a natural setting, such as a home compost heap. The Jungle Cup® helps combat the evils of ocean plastic.
The lids are made of an organic home compostable material called bagasse, which is a fibrous residue leftover after sugarcane or sorghum stalks are crushed to extract their juice.
Each Jungle Cup® protects
1 m2 of rainforest
Jungle Cups® are 100% home compostable
That’s right: 100% home compostable and we’re proud of that.
Let’s talk about ‘Compostable’ versus ‘Home compostable’. While many varieties of single-use cups on the market today are certified as industrially compostable, they are only biodegradable in unnatural conditions, including constant and very high temperatures. In practice, very few disposable cups ever make it to industrial processing plants.
In our case, 100% home compostable means you can put our cups in your compost recycling bin without having to worry. Jungle Cups® don’t require any kind of industrial recycling process.
12 weeks versus 1,500 years
After use, people can simply dispose of the Jungle Cup® in any compost bin and it starts to biodegrade in about 12 weeks. Bioplastic is believed to take approximately 1,500 years to biodegrade. And the polyethylene plastic liners of traditional disposable cups never disappears.
The inside of a non-compostable ‘bio cup’