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Coffee chains trial fully compostable cup and lid made from eucalyptus

Posted under - Research and Innovations by admin on April 17, 2017

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.

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