Across Australia and New Zealand restrictions surrounding single-use plastic in food packaging are becoming a lot more common. There’s been a big shift in the Hospitality Industry when it comes to sustainability – and the latest target is the disposable cup.
The average lifespan of a single-use coffee cup is less than 15 minutes (and Aussies use about 1 billion cups a year according to Sustainability Victoria) before they’re thrown away. According to a 2018 report by the National Restaurant Association, 50% of hospitality customers are more likely to return to a business that actively minimises their impact on the planet by providing sustainable options – particularly in sourcing, food wastage, packaging, and recycling areas.
That’s why finding more sustainable solutions such as packaging that comes from renewable resources can be better for your business.
Bamboo is a fast-growing renewable resource that can be harvested without killing the root system. So, what does this all mean for your business?
If you’re looking to minimise the environmental impact of your food packaging, bamboo cups could be exactly what you’re looking for. Other than their bamboo construction, these cups also use a BioPBS (bio-based polybutylene succinate) lining – that comes from natural resources – instead of plastic.
And while bamboo cups aren’t reusable, they are compostable in industrial facilities under specific conditions. Stylish, durable, and made from renewable sources, bamboo cups are a sustainable alternative compared to the standard coffee cup that you can offer your customers.
Authored by Stephanie Bennett.