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Base Material: Bamboo
The Ecoffee Cup is made from organic bamboo fibres and non-GMO corn starch. Bamboo is often quoted to be the world’s most sustainable crop - is a fast growing (up to 2 feet a day), doesn’t require chemical inputs and re-shoots when harvested – which all means it provides high output with limited land use! Ecoffee work to ensure that the bamboo they source is from old-growth plantations or those developed on previously degraded land. Lids and sleeves are made from food-grade Silicone, which is non-toxic to aquatic or soil organisms.
Base Material: Rice Husks
The Eco-to-go Cups are made from 80% rice husk and 20% bio-resin. The rice husk is the outer shell left when rice is processed. The world’s rice production is approximately 500 million tonnes generating 125 million tonnes of rice husks which could be utilised – so it’s a great by-product opportunity. Currently the burning of rice husks producing significant amounts of carbon dioxide. At the end of it’s life span you can bury your cup in the soil and it will biodegrade within 6 months.
Base Material: Polypropylene
KeepCups are made of polypropylene, which has a high melting point and so unlike many plastics can tolerate hot liquids. Studies by Simon Lockrey (RMIT) and Dr Martin Hocking indicate that there is enough plastic in 28 disposable cups to make a small KeepCup, and energy use to make the KeepCup only takes the same as 15 disposable cups. Therefore, with a little bit of use the KeepCup is a sure winner over the disposable. Additionally, each component of the KeepCup is made from single material parts which makes it easy to recycle after you’ve used it many times of course!