Brand new to the market are the Goodlife® plastic free Bio Cups. Up until now the only alternative to polyethylene (PE) lined cups has been Polylactic Acid (PLA) – a plastic made from plants – but this is not an environmentally sustainable solution as these cup require specialist industrial composting. Industrial composting is not very eco-friendly as it requires very high temperatures for prolonged periods of time to break down the PLA. Hence PLA lined coffee cups, or indeed other packaging made from or with PLA, do not provide a viable solution for Coffee and Food To Go operators who wish to elevate their environmental credentials.
The Goodlife® Bio Cups represent a huge and exciting breakthrough. They are home compostable and will fully decompose on a standard compost heap – or in landfill – in 4 to 6 weeks leaving no residues. More significantly these can be recycled locally in the standard paper and board recycling systems which are available and easily accessible in all areas of the UK.