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Choosing the Right Disposable Cups


A fast-paced “to-go” mentality permeates our society, including restaurants, coffee shops, and other food service establishments. This is especially visible when considering the popularity of to-go cups, or disposable cups. These hot or cold cups are designed to be used once and then thrown away. Disposable cups come in a variety of materials, a few of which are listed below.

  • Wax-coated paper
  • Poly-coated paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic
  • Bioplastic

  • Wax-coated paper
  • Poly-coated paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic
  • Bioplastic

Disposable cups are necessary for restaurants, commercial kitchens and businesses that capitalize on carryout items or serving items to consumers on-the-go. Before you buy, consider the beverages your business serves and the type of cup that would best suit your beverage.


wax-coated paper

Wax-coated Paper
  • Wax-coating provides extra rigidity and defends against absorption and leaks.
  • Tough construction prolongs usability, ensuring that the cup will hold strong through extended use.
  • The wax helps insulate beverages.
  • Two-piece construction with a tightly rolled rim makes for worry-free, leak-proof drinking.

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Poly-coated Paper
  • Poly-coated cups have a plastic polymer coating designed to keep beverages better insulated than by costly double-cupping.
  • The coating helps the cup to retain its shape, enhancing its durability.
  • The poly-lined construction improves the cup’s leak-proof properties and prevents liquid absorption.
  • Paper cups are available with single or double poly-coating.
  • Paper cups are also available with plastic lining, heat sealed seams and interlocked bottoms for improved dependability.

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Styrofoam cup

Styrofoam
  • These cups provide a low-cost, lightweight option.
  • Styrofoam material itself is a great insulator, a good choice for either cold or hot drinks.
  • Styrofoam holds its shape better than a paper cup.

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Plastic
  • Sturdy plastic construction makes these cups leak-proof and nonabsorbent.
  • Available in translucent, clear and colored options.
  • These cups are more durable than Styrofoam but also more expensive.

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bioplastic cup

Bioplastic
  • Bioplastics are compostable and biodegradable under the right conditions, providing an alternative to dumping waste.
  • These cups are known as PLA and are made of compostable material derived from corn and other such raw, renewable products.
  • These biodegradable cups are slightly more expensive than paper, Styrofoam or plastic.
  • Similar benefits and dependability of regular plastic to-go cups.

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