UK’s First Plastic-free Lidless Disposable Cup Launches

Britain’s first fully plastic-free and recyclable lid-free takeaway cup has been launched in the UK. The revolutionary ButterflyCup – which needs no separate lid – was initially unveiled at WWT (Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust) centres across the UK.

It comes after TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall challenged the major coffee chains to switch to a ‘properly recyclable’ cup to solve the ‘takeout trash mountain’ created by the 5000 coffee cups Britons throw away every minute.

In his BBC documentary Hugh’s War on Waste, Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “Only by changing to a cup that is properly recyclable in the public waste disposal system… can they [coffee major coffee chains] justify the bold environmental claims they are making. This is a solvable problem, so let’s see them solve it.

The great taste of not polluting the environment

ButterflyCup founder Tommy McLoughlin has solved this problem with ‘the world’s most environmentally friendly disposable cup.’ He hopes it will ‘lift the lid on the eco disaster’ posed by coffee cup plastic waste.

Britons throw away 2.5 billion coffee cups each year, while only 1 in 400 is recycled. If each of those 2.5 billion cups lids were placed on top of each other, they would create a stack long enough to stretch around the entire world.

Most cups to date are not recycled thanks to their plastic lining. They also require the container and the lid to be thrown away separately often causing users to dispose of them incorrectly.

Unlike traditional takeaway cups, ButterflyCup contains no plastic laminate and crucially, due to its all-in-one design, eliminates the need for a plastic lid. The inks are all plant-based too.

ButterflyCup can be recycled in the regular paper bin along with cardboard

ButterflyCup can be recycled in the regular paper bin along with cardboard and ordinary paper and can be composted at home or in your food waste bin, providing consumers with a greener, more sustainable way of enjoying their favourite beverage on the go. It also biodegrades naturally if it is improperly disposed of as environmental litter.

ButterflyCup has already held talks with several of the major coffee chains and is currently used in more than twenty countries across five continents.

Despite the rise of reusable cups, the WWF forecasts that by 2030 the UK will use 33% more cups than it does now.

Butterfly Cups’ Director Joe Lu and CEO Tony McLoughlin

Coffee cups and lids currently generate huge volumes of both landfill waste and environmental litter because they cannot be recycled in the public waste collection system and will take decades or more to biodegrade, leaving microplastics when and if they do.

The ButterflyCup has a patented folding design which securely closes the top of the cup and prevents splashes, leaks and drips, while allowing the consumer to drink from its inbuilt drinking spout.

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