Saving money and the planet with recyclable coffee cups

Takeaway coffee is big business: 2.5 billion coffee cups used in the UK each year but only one in 12 is currently being recycled. Whether you run a coffee shop, cafe or are simply planning a party, you’re likely to be all too aware of the impact that single use plastic cups are having upon the environment. In-house recycling collection points are a great idea but what happens to all those take away coffee cups which can’t be recycled?

Who we are

Single Use Alternatives was founded by Adrian and Neil; two brothers who are passionate about enjoying the outdoors and caring for the environment. Concerned about the impact single use plastics are having upon the environment, we decided to offer a range of cost effective range of high quality, alternative products.

To find out more about our products simply browse through our website. If you have any questions we’d love to hear from you: please complete the enquiry form on our contact page.

Here at Single Use Alternatives we aim to provide cost-effective, recyclable alternatives to plastic lined paper cups. Our cups are available in a wide range of options; from compostable double walled coffee cups, lids and stirrers, through to plastic free leak proof clear cups for cold drinks and carry trays - all designed to save you money whilst saving the planet.

High quality alternatives to single use plastics – recyclable coffee cups

Plastic has become an indispensable part of our daily lives because it is cheap, robust and practical. However, the vast quantity of plastics in our environment has become an urgent problem. Our products offer all the benefits of plastic without costing the earth. So if you’re looking for recyclable coffee cups that won't leak or collapse and will keep drinks warm, we have the perfect solution.

Saving the planet shouldn’t have to cost the earth

It’s important for us to be able to offer a range of products which offer the best of both worlds; helping you keep your costs to a minimum whilst reducing your impact upon the environment. This is why our products are priced so competitively, with further discounts available for bulk orders. Our delivery prices are as low as possible and with no minimum order value, you’ll be able to order exactly what you need.

How coffee cups can be recycled

Standard coffee cups can’t be recycled because they’re made from plastic coated paper which won’t break down in standard recycling processes. This means that the majority of single use coffee cups currently end up in landfill. To compound the problem, different local authorities have different approaches to recycling.

Recyclable coffee cups help address the problem. We work closely with our product partners and local authorities. To keep things as simple as possible for you and your customers, our products are organised into three main recycling types: recyclable, compostable and biodegradable. Here’s how it works:

  • Recyclable: these products can be sorted by your local authority in the usual way. Once sorted they are washed, shredded and melted before being transformed into new products.
  • Compostable: our compostable products are certified as compostable which means they are designed to break down in under 90 days under industrial composting conditions. If composted at home the process might take longer but this depends on your composter and conditions.
  • Biodegradable: when plastic goes into landfill it can take up to 1000 years to fully biodegrade. Our biodegradable products take much less time than this, providing an industrial scale composter is used. With this in mind, our biodegradable products shouldn’t be disposed of with other recyclable materials - they’ll need to be biodegraded with other compostable items.

All local authorities are different and this is why we provide guidance on exactly how each product is to be processed. Full details on product-specific recycling can be found on each product page on our website.

Who we are

Single Use Alternatives was founded by Adrian and Neil; two brothers who are passionate about enjoying the outdoors and caring for the environment. Concerned about the impact single use plastics are having upon the environment, we decided to offer a range of cost effective range of high quality, alternative products.

To find out more about our products simply browse through our website. If you have any questions we’d love to hear from you: please complete the enquiry form on our contact page.

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