BioCups are set apart from the rest – better paper sources, lining and lid made from rapidly renewable plant-based bioplastic, carbon-neutral, using soy or water based inks, and much more. We always advocate for reusables when possible but there are situations when disposables are needed for either hygiene or safety. Here are 10 reasons why BioCups are the better coffee cup choice when it comes to takeaways.
1. Lower carbon footprint
40% of the CO2 emissions associated with a paper cup are from the raw materials and using bioplastic for our cup lining and lids lowers our CO2 footprint by 75% compared to conventional plastics. Pictured below is the total carbon emissions breakdown of an 8oz cup and lid.
2. Certified carbon neutral
Our cup and lids are certified carbon neutral – with all CO2 emissions from cradle-to-grave accounted for and offset through the purchase of carbon credits. Being a carbon-neutral company means we purchase carbon credits to compensate for the unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions created through the production, transportation and disposal of all our products. Each carbon credit or offset relates to one tonne of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions that have been avoided by funding a renewable energy or tree-planting project. Our emissions are verified and reported on by an independent party.
3. Free from fossil fuels
To reduce reliance on fossil resources, we replace these materials with more sustainable, rapidly renewable and abundant, non-toxic alternatives such as plant fibres, and bioplastics made from plants. Countries around the world are leading the way and have announced their intention to phase out single-use food packaging made from conventional plastic and only permit the use of certified compostable materials.
4. Paper sourced from managed plantations
Our takeaway coffee cups are made from paper is sourced from certified managed plantations which mean:
- Biodiversity of forest ecosystems is maintained or enhanced
- The range of ecosystem services that forests provide are sustained
- Chemicals are substituted by natural alternatives or their use is minimized
- Workers’ rights and welfare are protected
- Local employment is encouraged
- Indigenous peoples’ rights are respected
- Operations are undertaken within the legal framework and following best practices.
5. Lining & lid made from plant-based bioplastic
Our BioCups lining and lids are made from Ingeo – an ingenious bioplastic made from plants, not oil. There are two major advantages of biobased plastic products compared to their conventional versions: they save fossil resources by using biomass which regenerates (annually) and providing the unique potential of carbon neutrality. Furthermore, biodegradability is an add-on property of bioplastics which offers additional means of recovery at the end of a product’s life.
6. Soy or water-based inks used
Soy-Based inks: It has a number of environmental benefits. Much of the soybean crop requires no irrigation, limited fixed nutrients, and leaves fewer agricultural residues than other crops. Soy ink also has low levels of VOCs, (volatile organic compounds) which helps to reduce air pollution by minimizing toxic emissions. Since naturally clearer soybean oil is available, it is possible to obtain as brightly coloured ink as by using clear petroleum distillates. By using clearer soybean oil grades, less pigment is necessary to produce the same optical effect, which reduces the overall cost of the ink. Soy ink has been found to spread approximately 15% further, reducing ink use and printer cleanup costs.
Water-Based inks: Oil-based inks contain PVC and phthalates that are harmful to the environment and have been linked to numerous medical disorders. They also require the use of harmful solvents in the cleaning process. Water-based inks do not contain PVC or phthalates and you don’t need solvents to clean up after they’ve been used - you can clean them with water.
7. Certified commercially compostable
Composting is the ideal end-of-life solution for the foodservice industry where food packaging is often contaminated and not suitable for the recycling stream.
Our cups and lids are commercially compostable where facilities exist. We are working closely with a number of small-scale composters and are committed to providing funding to make organics recycling accessible to more businesses across Australia. Our collective goal should be the diversion of all organic waste from landfills.
8. Does not breakdown in landfill
Bioplastic will not biodegrade in landfill – which is a good thing! Landfills are not designed to break down trash, only to bury it. When organic matter biodegrades in a landfill, it releases harmful methane gas (84 times more potent than CO2).
9. Best of breed manufacturing
BioCups are produced in a facility certified compliant to international environmental standards and ethical and fair labour practices. Production accounts for 29% of carbon emissions of a paper cup. It is therefore important to ensure the production facility and equipment are modern and energy-efficient in order to keep CO2 emissions at this stage of production to a minimum.
10. 5% of profits to positive change
We donate our profits to charities, including environmental restoration and community projects.