Single- vs double-walled cups
Have you ever been ordering coffee cups for your business and not been able to decide between single- or double-walled cups? Here is everything you need to know.
What’s the difference?
Well, as the name suggests, a single-walled paper cup has one layer of paper and a double-walled has two.
However, it’s not quite that simple. The extra layer on a double-walled cup increases its insulation – good for hot drinks – but also increases the environmental impact due to the added resources needed. We and BioPak understand that sometimes a double-walled cup is preferable, and provide the option, but we prefer single-walled.
A little change with a big impact
Single-walled cups require less energy and paper to manufacture. Transport-related emissions will be lower, as single-walled cups have less weight and fit into more compact cartons.
But, you say, the extra layer of paper is so thin! Is it really going to make such a difference?
Consider the number of coffee cups your business would go through in a year. Now consider that, for each cup, changing from double- to single-walled would:
- Reduce paper board by 55%
- Reduce paper weight by 44%
- Reduce carton size by 29%
- Reduce carbon footprint by 20%
Over a year, this is going to add up.
Not all cups are created equal
BioCups are made with a heavy-duty premium quality paper board, with paper sourced from sustainably managed plantations. Single-walled cups are suitable for serving milk-based beverages up to 80 degrees Celsius.
If only a small percentage of your sales are hot tea and long blacks, double-cupping is more economical than using double-walled cups for all takeaway hot drinks.
Information taken from BioPak’s website.
Article by Tallis Baker.
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