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6 Reasons Why QSRs Need To Switch To Sustainable Cups and Lids

It might come as a surprise to you that traditional coffee cups aren’t as innocent as they look. Their dark secret? Most are lined with plastic to make them water-resistant, which, unfortunately, makes them tough to recycle.

The plastic lining, generally, makes the paper too difficult to separate from the plastic. As a result, millions of coffee cups end up in landfill every year, and only a small percentage of these cups get recycled. Even worse, when not disposed of properly, they can end up in our oceans and landfills, damaging our environment and wildlife.

Why The Need To Switch?

With the world moving towards environmental sustainability, Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) have a vital role to play in reducing their impact on the environment. One significant aspect is the switch to environmentally-friendly disposable cups and lids. 

BioPak, a leader in environmentally-friendly packaging solutions, has championed the game with their home compostable aqueous-lined coffee cups. Here are some reasons why QSRs should take action and make the switch today:

Aqueous BioCups: A Sustainable Option

Traditional single-use cups are generally coated with plastic, which makes them difficult to recycle and highly detrimental to our planet. 

However, it's worth noting that not all eco-friendly solutions are created equal. One common lining found in cups is PLA or bioplastic. PLA, short for Polylactic Acid, is primarily made from fermented plant starch like corn and is often labelled as fully compostable.

While it sounds great, the tricky part comes in the composting process. PLA can decompose in commercial composting facilities, but they can’t be placed in the home compost bin as they are only certified industrially compostable. In contrast, aqueous-lined cups allow customers to compost cups at home.

In contrast, Aqueous BioCups by BioPak provide an environmentally-friendly option by replacing the traditional plastic lining with a sustainable water-based coating. This coating makes the cup waterproof without compromising on durability. Aqueous cups are certified home compostable to Australian standards (AS5810), non-toxic, and, most importantly, don't contaminate the environment when composted. 

By making the switch to Aqueous Cups, QSRs can significantly reduce their reliance on non-renewable resources and minimise their environmental footprint. That's a win for us, and a win for Mother Earth. 

Plant Fibre BioCup Lids: Complementing the Aqueous Cup Performance

Plant fibre BioCup Lids by BioPak are designed to pair with the Aqueous Cups, providing a complete solution for QSRs. These lids are made from sustainably harvested, rapidly renewable bagasse and other plant fibre materials. They are sturdy and certified home compostable (AS5810), produced during an energy-efficient manufacturing process. BioPak’s plant fibre lids securely seal the BioCups and prevent leakage without jeopardising the comfort and satisfaction of customers. 

But the plant-based BioCup Lid's benefits don't stop there. BioPak’s plant fibre lids also have NO added PFAS. PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are man-made chemicals that have been linked to a variety of health issues and are often used in food packaging. Without added PFAS, these lids are healthier for both our bodies and the environment.

Complying with Environmental Regulations

Complying with environmental regulations is crucial for businesses to avoid potential penalties and legal liabilities. Apart from staying in line with regulations, QSRs who make eco-friendly and sustainable choices can gain a significant edge over competitors while reducing their impact on the environment.

Certified home compostable to AS5810 standards and certified industrially compostable, aqueous cups and plant fibre lids from BioPak are a great example of sustainability because they can be composted with food waste in the backyard home compost bin. This ensures that Aqueous Cups, BioCup Lids, and other compostable products are disposed of effectively and sustainably, not just by QSRs but also by customers because they are now able to compost these items at home.

However, disposing of compostable solutions in a general bin defeats the purpose of environmental friendliness. BioPak is aware of the limitations that come with industrial composting infrastructure and created a solution called Compost Connect. This composting initiative connects foodservice businesses with compost services, making it easier for businesses to dispose of biodegradable products responsibly.

Compost Connect aligns with BioPak’s goal of promoting a circular economy – a closed-loop waste management system where waste is minimised, reused, recycled or repurposed. Composting is an integral part of this system, as it entails using organic waste to create nutrient-rich fertilisers for farming and other uses. 

Meet Growing Consumer Demand for Sustainable Options

Today's customers are becoming increasingly concerned about the environment and are actively seeking out businesses that align with their values. By switching to environmentally-friendly cups, QSRs can respond to this growing demand and show that they are committed to sustainability. This can help build brand loyalty and differentiate them from competitors who may not be taking steps towards reducing waste.

Improved Brand Image and Reputation for Social Responsibility

QSRs that prioritise sustainability will quickly gain a reputation for being socially responsible, which can attract environmentally-aware customers. By making a switch to Aqueous Cups and Plant-fibre BioCup Lids, QSRs can promote their eco-friendly practices, reflecting a brand that is seen as environmentally responsible. This effort can significantly enhance the clientele of a QSR, demonstrate their commitment to corporate social responsibility and help provide a positive impact on the environment.

Helping Create a Sustainable Future

QSRs who make the switch to Aqueous Cups and Plant-fibre BioCup Lids take a step forward in protecting our environment. With all the negative environmental implications associated with single-use packaging, it is vital for businesses to take responsibility for their impact. Making the switch to certified compostable packaging like BioPak can contribute to creating a more sustainable future and inspire other QSRs to do the same.

Key Takeaway: Make The Switch Today

So, QSRs, it's time to take action and make the switch! Embrace sustainability, reduce your environmental impact, and contribute to a better future for our planet. Let's lead the way in making responsible choices, one cup and lid at a time. Visit BioPak now to learn more! 

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