Posts Tagged ‘Cups’

Running The Numbers

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Chris Jordan, a photographer from Seattle has created an excellent exhibit called Running the numbers, Portraits of global mass culture using some of our catering disposable products among others.

Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something:

Paper Cups: Four Hundred and ten thousand Paper cups  (the number of disposable cups Americans use every 15 minutes) The below picture illustrates the scale of the work next to a couple

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Toothpicks: Depicts one hundred million toothpicks, (equal to the number of trees cut in the U.S. yearly to make the paper for junk mail)

Plastic Cups: Depicts one million plastic cups (the number used on airline flights in the US every six hours)

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Chris hopes is that these images might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month.

The project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, in hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.

More Can be found here:

Reusable Polycarbonate Plastic Tumblers reduced in price

Friday, May 1st, 2009

10oz Polycarbonate CE Marked Tulip Half Pint Plastic Glasses

Cased x 48

Was £25.50            Now £21.45

Pallet Price £17.72/case

10oz Premium Polycarbonate CE Marked Hiball Plastic Glasses

Cased x 36

Was £42                 Now £36.30

Pallet Price £27.37/case

10oz Polycarbonate CE Marked Hiball Plastic Glasses

Cased x 100

Was £54.75            Now £41.86

Pallet Price £33.46/case

12oz Polycarbonate CE Marked Hiball Plastic Glasses

Cased x 48

Was £27.00          Now £21.97

Pallet Price £16.87/case

20oz Polycarbonate Tulip CE Marked Plastic Pint Glasses

Cased x 48

Was £30.50          Now £27.80

Pallet Price £25.69/case

10oz Remedy Polycarbonate CE Marked Plastic Glasses

Cased x 36

Was £57.45          Now £35.42

Pallet Price £27.67/case

12oz Remedy Polycarbonate CE Marked Plastic Half Pint Glasses

Cased x 36

Was £51.00          Now £41.23

Pallet Price £39.16/case

14oz Remedy Polycarbonate CE Marked Plastic Glasses

Cased x 24

Was £54.60          Now £37.40

Pallet Price £27.67/case

16oz Remedy Polycarbonate CE Marked Plastic Glasses

Cased x 24

Was £49.45          Now £38.64

Pallet Price £30.25/case

20oz Remedy Polycarbonate CE Marked Plastic Glasses

Cased x 24

Was £51.80          Now £39.90

Pallet Price £38.04/case

9oz Remedy Rocks Polycarbonate Plastic Glasses

Cased x 36

Was £43.35          Now £35.76

Pallet Price £29.82/case

6.5oz Polycarbonate Champagne Flutes

Cased x 12

Was £23               Now £15.30

6.5oz CE Marked Polycarbonate Plastic Champagne Flutes

Cased x 12

Was £25.00          Now £18.70

9oz Polycarbonate CE Marked Wine Glasses

Cased x 12

Was £16.35          Now £12.50

Pallet Price £11.82/case

8oz Polycarbonate Premium Plastic Glasses

Cased x 36

Was £35.20          Now £26.40

Pallet Price £20.22/case

2 Pint Polycarbonate Jugs

Cased x 4

Was £14.55          Now £11.76

Pallet Price £9.42/case

4 Pint Polycarbonate Jugs

Cased x 4

Was £18.30          Now £16.83

Pallet Price £14.74/case

8oz Polycarbonate Plastic Coffee Cups

Cased x 18

Was £26.30          Now £21.58

Pallet Price £16.62/case

8oz Polycarbonate Latte Cups

Cased x 18

Was £27.75          Now £22.75

Pallet Price £16.62/case

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 Cups

Plain White Paper Coffee Cups

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

We listen! Following a number of requests we are happy to announce we have listed for sale an 8oz Plain White Paper Coffee Cup.

These paper cups are manufactured from premium food grade cup stock, single poly-coated, disposable paper cups for hot drinks.

The cup itself is basically identical to the ever-popular “Café Mocha” brand of paper cups, with the obvious omission of any printing. This makes the cup suitable for a wider range of uses; we have customers using this cup for a huge range of uses, from takeaway beverages to mixing paints! It has also proved to be popular with schools for modelling purposes. The 8oz size is available as either a packed sleeve of 50 cups, or a full case of 1,000.

8oz White Paper Cups

High Tech Mugs/High Tech Speakers.

Friday, February 13th, 2009

On the blog High Tech Paper Cups, Low Tech Speakers posted at the end of last year I commented on how one could transform standard paper cups into speakers for your ipod or other generic mp3 player.

It seems Starbucks fans may have been reading up on this phenomenon as they have made their own speakers made to look like their Starbucks Disposable Paper Coffee Cups as shown below. Starbucks themselves even have their own store within iTunes now apparently.

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New ceramic coffee mugs are being converted into speakers too, the ‘MusicMug’ from Japan is available from €69 from a number of online (mainly US) websites.

Designer Masato Tokuno created the speakers which are suitable for all types of ipod. Just don’t put your coffee in them, stick to the paper cups for that.








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.

Save your Cups

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

The Paper cup market has become saturated with biodegradable paper cups which sadly some people now feel they can toss away in the knowledge that they will eventually disappear. This is a common misconception as these cups need to be put separately in compost for a number of years until they do eventually decompose.

Better still than leaving your paper cups to sit in compost for years and losing the paper is to recycle them into another paper product (commonly toilet paper)

99% of paper cups in the world are not biodegradable but are recyclable as the below article explains…

The Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group report a successful paper cup recycling trial in which virtually all the fibre from standard Polyethylene (PE) coated paper cups was successfully extracted and converted into high quality tissue fibre for use in products such as facial and toilet tissues.

On average standard paper cups, intended for hot drinks, are made up of approximately 95% high quality paper fibre and 5% PE coating. During the trials, at an undisclosed paper mill in the North of England, Nearly all the paper fibre was successfully extracted making it possible to claim that the “industry standard paper cup” is 95% recyclable and that the recycling can take place in the UK.

The paper mill involved in the trial, pleased with the quality of fibre obtained, has asked the Paper Cup Recovery & Recycling Group to consider on-going paper cup recycling arrangement, provided continuity of supply can be maintained, at a level of, at least, 10 tonnes per month.

The mill and the group are also working to find an outlet for the separated PE coating. The trial involved processing over 10 tonnes of used Post Consumer Paper cups, collected at trial locations in the UK and the group’s next objective is to speed up “used cup collection” in order to maintain the newly established option and open up further UK recycling routes for paper cups.

Over the past two years the group has been working with several UK paper mills and the Fibre Technology Association to explore local recycling opportunities for paper cups. The group has also worked to define how best to prepare used paper cups for recycling and this work is ongoing.

“This is a fantastic step forward for the group, but the next challenge is collecting enough used material, a minimum of 120t through 2009, to maintain continuity of supply to mills. If anyone is already segregating paper cups on site and wants to help the activity of the group please can they get in touch with us” urges Susan Nash one of the founder members of the group.

In addition the group is also working with Save a Cup and now all paper cups collected by Save-A-Cup will be passed to the group for recycling. Save -A-Cup can be contacted at:

Save a Cup Recycling Company Ltd
Suite 2, Bridge House
Bridge Street
HP11 2EL

Tel: 01494 510167
Fax: 01494 510168
Anyone wishing to find out more about the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group please contact Barry Read of The Fibre Technology Association at:

The Fibre Technology Association
PO Box 420

Tel: 07836 796000
Fax: 0870 137 0369

Press Contact Susan Nash 01242 284325

The new PLA – Oxo-biodegradable Plastics

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Polylactic acid or Polylactide (PLA) is a biodegradable, thermoplastic, aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch (in the U.S.) or sugarcanes (rest of world). Although PLA has been known for more than a century, it has only been of commercial interest in recent years, in light of its biodegradability.

In recent years PLA has been used to line the inside of Paper Cups in place of the oil based lining more commonly used and to create Plastic Cups, Cutlery, Carrier Bags, Food Packaging and even Nappies.

This product however is produced by turning land over once used for growing food crops and like bio-fuels contributes to increased food prices. PLA is also more expensive than many petroleum-derived commodity plastics and can create problems in recycling streams by contaminating the oil based plastics (making more waste!)

Now ordinary oil based plastic and recycled plastic can now be made biodegradable.

Oxo-biodegradable Plastics (OBP’s) are conventional plastics such as polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene to which is added a proprietary mixture (d2w additive) that accelerates the breakdown of the chemical structure of the plastic.

OBP’s degrade, then biodegrade, on land or at sea, in the light or the dark, in heat or cold, in whatever timescale is required, leaving NO fragments NO methane and NO harmful residues.

These plastics are the main ones used in a variety of catering disposable packaging applications. The resultant breakdown products are then amenable to conversion by micro-organisms, for which these products are an energy source or food, into carbon dioxide and water; thereby returning otherwise intractable plastics to the ecosystem.

These plastics can now have a shelf life, determined at the point of manufacture. Shopping carrier bags, food wraps, plastic glasses et al that will completely and harmlessly biodegrade. Utilising this new technology does not mean the products cannot be recycled.

Some commercial products that have already incorporated this new technology include carrier bags, garbage bags, Ziplock bags, cling film, shrink-wraps and EPS trays.

Expect to see use by dates on your plastic cups in the future!

More on OBP’s can be found here.

Still carrying that cup?

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

On my recent blog ‘Do I really have to carry this cup all day?‘ you may have noticed the slight dig at the bottom of the blog directed towards people using ceramic shaped disposable cups in which I joke that I intend to create a porcelain Tea Bag which can be used with these cups.

Well, it seems there are more companies producing disposable styled reusable products out there than I thought. When leaving for work on a morning with your ceramic ‘paper cup‘ you can now also take with you your reusable thermal sleeve to wrap around your ceramic cup so your fingers do not get burnt! (Why not just bring a mug from home if you are ecologically inclined to avoid disposable cups, doing this ensures there is no need for a porcelain cup and reusable sleeve…)

If the purpose of buying these two products was to avoid looking foolish whilst travelling to/from work with a normal mug in hand then I feel the notion is a little misguided. I imagine I would feel foolish walking into Starbucks and handing over my own mug and sleeve, especially if it was a knitted sleeve or faux furs as offer!

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Other companies such as also offer reusable sleeves made from Felt and numerous garish designs. These can be rolled up and put on your key ring should you wish to advertise your right on green inclinations.

A & R Design offer the below ceramic Non-Vending cups and a Sommelier Wineglass on a stem which is actually quite cool, if not a practical alternative.

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I do wonder where this will all end, are porcelain cup carriers on the way? Porcelain stirrers for your coffee? (spoons) Carrying your bag to work with all this gear is going to become tiresome quickly.

Most of these products are unnecessary and their green credentials ring a little hollow when you realize there is no actual need for them in the market when most people have mugs in their cupboards at home and the coffee shops you visit have their own proper cups.

I also think many people carrying all these new green reusable replacements for paper cups and sleeves are forgetting the one product that can eliminate the need for all this garbage. Its called a Flask.

Hi Tech Paper Cups, Low Tech Speakers.

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

The designer Dmitry Zagga has created these iPod CupSpeakers from nothing more than a few large disposable paper cups, a few toothpicks, the iPod earbuds and plenty of spare time.

He claims the volume increase is ‘significant’ and his fancy photography makes this DIY project created in a shed look like something straight out of a Steve Jobs Powerpoint.

The sound is magnified due to the shape of the cup, not any fancy-schmancy ‘electronics.’ It may not compete with, you know, real speakers, but Dmitry’s got a good sense of humor and it looks like a fun project for the incredibly bored.

On next weeks blog we construct a ‘telephone’ using the same two cups and length of string.