Are You Part Of The Plastic Free Revolution?

13th May 2019
Jason Spencer

We all want to do our best to try to help the environment. The UK’s millennials, quite rightly, value sustainable packaging and produce, so you want to be meeting this demand in your college or university. One of the most prevalent issues right now, is the vast amount of waste polluting our planet, but what can we do to help? One of the things that Tchibo Coffee Service is looking at is the issue of coffee cup wastage. That’s why we recently introduced Vegware to our Espresso Warehouse range. Vegware manufacture disposables, like take away coffee cups and lids, out of plants – not plastic. This means that they are fully compostable – but what does that actually mean? And what’s the difference between compostable, biodegradable and recyclable? It’s confusing. We know.

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The key difference between compostable and biodegradable is the timescales. Compostable means that the product will break down within 12 weeks, whereas a biodegradable product could take much longer. Recyclable simply means it can be used again.

Vegware holds the highest compostability certification of any UK manufacturer.

So what are the Vegware cups made of?

Plants, not plastic! The outer wall of the cup is made from recycled board, the inner wall from sustainable sources and the inner lining is made from polylactic acid (PLA), a compostable and heat resistant alternative to plastic, made from plants.

Food and drink packaging is often made from card and plastic, which combined with food contamination, creates great difficulty when recycling. Vegware products are designed for industrial composting with food waste, so food contamination is not a hindrance but a requirement for the product to break down.

What about the cup lids?

Vegware lids are also made from plant-based PLA and are heat resistant up to 85oC.

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Here at Tchibo, sustainability has been an integral part of our business strategy since 2006 with our ultimate goal to become a 100% sustainable business by 2025.

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