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Coffee chains trial fully compostable cup and lid made from eucalyptus
A fully compostable and recyclable coffee cup and lid is being tested by major high street coffee chains.
The company behind the cup, which uses a revolutionary type of 'bioplastic', describes it as a "world first".
It says the plastic, which uses eucalyptus, means the cup can withstand heat better than other types of bioplastic.
Yet within three months on a compost heap, both the cup and the lid break down to leave just carbon dioxide and water.
The inventors also claim that because the plastic is wood-based the whole thing can be recycled with paper.More from here