Coffee company Allpress Espresso has introduced two new reusable cups in an effort to reduce waste to landfill.
The low-cost Allpress Reusable Cup and the high-end Arita Porcelain Cup 2.0 are designed to promote sustainable behaviour among coffee drinkers, said Allpress.
“The Allpress Reusable Cup is made from PLA – a plant-based bioplastic made from rapidly renewable sources with a much lower carbon footprint than petroleum-based plastics, making it biodegradable and commercially compostable, as well as dishwasher friendly,” the company said.
The cup has an estimated lifespan of four years, or 1040 single-use cups. “When it’s time to retire the cup, buyers are asked to return their cup to their local Allpress cafe so it can be commercially composted and returned to the earth,” said Allpress.
A second option, the Arita 2.0 is a hand-made limited edition porcelain cup with a silicon lid. “Each Allpress Arita 2.0 is made by hand with its own beautiful, bespoke imperfections – paying homage to the dark brown and tan design Allpress is known for, whilst honouring Arita’s traditions.
“Kazuhisa Iwanaga-San created over fifty moulds from a hand-shaped form, painstakingly etching the Allpress logo onto each one,” said Allpress.
According to a study cited by Allpress, only one in 400 single-use coffee cups reach their correct endlife.