Posts Tagged ‘Drink’

Paper Cups Explained

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Single Poly Coated, Double Poly Coated, Ripple Cups, Double Wall Cups, PLA Cups, Biodegradable Cups, Hot Drink Cups, Triple Layer Cups… I guess it can be a little confusing. Here is some help.

Cold Drink Paper Cups

Our paper cups for cold drinks are described as ‘Double Poly Coated’ this means that both the inside and outside of the paper cups have been sprayed with Polyethylene which is used to prevent the liquids seeping into the cups on the inside and condensation seeping in on the outside, this also helps to seal the cup board together.

There is little variation in the design of cold drink paper cups when compared to the many different types of hot drink paper cups. We do however ensure that our cup board is suitably thick so that the cups do not become difficult to handle when filled and where possible offer a squat shaped cup which gives a larger base and consequently a lower centre of gravity (the cups won’t tipple over as easily)

Who’d've guessed so much thought went into them?

Hot Drink Paper Cups

Our (single wall) paper cups for hot drinks are described as ‘Single Poly Coated’ this means that only the inside of the paper cups have been sprayed with Polyethylene, unlike Paper Cups for cold drinks the outside is not sprayed as condensation does not form on the cups when hot liquids are inside them. References to single walls or double walls mean the number of layers of paper cup board used to form the cup.

Single Wall paper cups for hot drinks are manufactured from thicker board than paper cups for cold drinks to help prevent fingers and thumbs from being burnt by hot liquids.

Double Wall paper cups have two layers of cup board and a cavity between the walls to insulate the cup. These cups can keep drinks warmer for longer.

Ripple paper cups feature corrugated paper wrapping to increase hand comfort and improve heat insulation, also keeping beverages hotter for longer. Ripple cups are basically paper sleeves (aka Coffee Clutches or Cup Wraps) permanently attached to the outside of a standard hot drink paper cup. Ripple cups therefore have three layers of board, hence the ‘Triple Layer Paper Cup’

PLA Compostable Paper cups are made with a natural biodegradable lining instead of the Polyethylene used in conventional paper cups. The PLA (Polylactic acid) lining will compost together with the paper cup.

Conventional paper cups will not do this as the oil based lining is not biodegradable.

We do not sell PLA lined paper cups as whilst we share the sentiments of those who wish to ‘go green’ with their disposables there are few places in current recycling channels for these products to go other than landfill where they will not biodegrade.

The options one has for recycling are Fibre Recovery schemes run by the likes of Save A Cup who will collect and recycle the cups. They do however set minimum limits for collections and charge for recycling bags, bins, collections and admin the total of which can easily run into £100′s.

Unless individuals use enough cups to warrant a cup bin of their own (unlikely even for the biggest Coffee fans!) these cups will be treated as any other therefore we consider them pointless to all except those that compost at home and large companies using enough cups to require waste paper cup collections.

95% of normal paper cups can be recycled at present, the 5% that cannot is the lining of the cups.

More of our thoughts and observations about PLA cups can be found here.

Cold Drink Paper CupsPaper Coffee Cups

Valentines Coffee Clutch

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

As the credit crunch bites wives and girlfriends at Event Towers are no doubt going to be doubly pleased with our money saving exploits on Valentines Day.

Yes, as the title suggests we have made Valentines Day Cards from Coffee Clutches for hot drink cups. Hallmark beware!

 Video of how to make them below:

No expense spared, literally.

The one where Owls are made from Paper Cups.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Oh… My… Gawd!

It seems I was right. Catering disposable products seem to be the medium of choice for aspiring artistes at present.

One time Friends star Maggie Wheeler (Janice) can currently be found on the Magpie Time website showing kids how to create cardboard owls from disposable paper cups, plastic coffee lids, drink holders and alot of glue.

Janice Maggie and a bunch of other LA based artists, animators, writers and actors formed the Magpie Time group in the early 90′s.

After reading an entertaining story about an owl, the groups founder Pat Roberts, a Los Angeles-based fine artist, was asked by his children how to make one. This was the beginning of MAGPIE TIME. Rather than go out and buy supplies or a ready-made kit, Pat thought there had to be a simpler, more environmentally responsible, and less “packaged” way to spend time on an art project with his kids. So that morning’s coffee cups, lids, sleeves and tray holder became the first owl.

The concept of the group is to teach arts and crafts to children in an accessible and entertaining manner, using materials found in the house and everyday life: plastic bottles, paper coffee cups, lids, paper towel/toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes etc.


Apologies for the rapping…..

The Official Magpie Time sizzle reel from Magpie Time on Vimeo.

A short time ago in a Starbucks not far away……

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Wired magazine photographer Dan Winters made this impressive TIE Fighter from 1 tall lid, 10 coffee boxes, 12 small paper cups, 37 large paper cups, 63 paper drink carriers and 216 wooden stirrers!



It seems given my recent blog ‘artistic use for catering disposables’ that more and more people are choosing catering disposable products a medium to create art. Maybe we should be advertising in art supplies shops?

Wired magazine has started a competition and created a how-to Wiki page where you can submit your entries should you feel compelled to enter

May the forks be with you (*Ahem*)