FAQ

Is it possible to export paper cups?
We can export paper cups.  Please call our European Sales Manager for further information on shipping.


What materials are your cups made from?
Hot drink cups are made from single PE coated board and cold drink cups are made from double PE coated board.

Over run cups– sometimes over run cups are available in various sizes. Contact TPCC today for information on the availability of these.


Which type of cup is suitable for sampling?
 4oz Espresso cups are suitable for sampling food and drinks.


Do I need lids?

Lids are availablefor hot and cold cups.

What about environmental issues?
All our paper cups come from managed softwood forests; most cups can be recycled by pulping in specialist mills or shredded and composted. Paper cups are from a renewable resource.

What is FSC?
The FSC is the Forest Stewardship Council. It is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

How should I store my cups?
Cups should be stored in a clean dry space. They should not be stacked in such a way as to crush boxes as this can result in distortion preventing correct fitting of lids, and cups may become compacted, preventing easy separation of cups.
For hygiene reasons it is best to leave cups in sleeves as long as possible, if not using dispensers. Place cups upside down on counter to prevent contaminates entering cups.

What about dispensers?
It is a very good idea to have mounted cup dispensers to hold your cups, this will keep cups clean, stop damage and speed up service.

 

Paper Cup Definitions


Bespoke printing is when your cups are designed to your own specification. This could include your company logo, colours and images


Compostable packaging
Biodegradable into organic matter, normally products carry EU Certificate EN13432; this defines the product as meeting stringent guidelines to being compostable.

Double wall paper cups provide an extra layer of insulation keeping the drink warmer for longer, it prevents the cup from being too hot to hold and it gives it that  up market, quality  finish. Visit The Printed Cup Company to view further information on double walled paper cups.


Single wall paper cups
Paper cups with a single PE lining on the inside of the cup. Can be used with a cup sleeve to provide extra insulation and protect the hands from the heat from the drink. 


 
Polyethylene coated board

 PE stands for polyethylene, an oil based plastic that is applied to the paper board at the paper mill. PE board is used extensively for juice, milk cartons, yoghurt pots, cream pots and ice cream containers, as well as hot and cold cups. The PE coating is essential part of a paper cup, heat and pressure is applied at the seams which causes the PE coating to melt, and then weld the cup together, giving a waterproof joint. The PE coating is only a few microns thick, so represents a very small proportion of the total weight of the cup. PE coated board replaced wax coated paper cups.
 

Wax coated cups
 
The paper cup was glued together, and then was sprayed with wax to waterproof the cups, the colder the cup was, the more rigid it became.
 
This process was not ideal, as wax detracted from design on cup, people could scrape wax off with their finger nail and the factory waste from this process had to go to land fill. It was also very dangerous in production, as workers were dealing with molten wax that could be a fire risk.
 
 
The Waste Hierarchy

Refers to the three R's. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in order of importance. The aim of the waste hierarchy is to extract the maximum practical benefits from products and to generate the minimum amount of waste.


PLA lined cups

Standard paper cups use polyethylene (PE) coated board, PE is derived from oil. A more
environmentally friendly cup is where the inner lining of a cup is made from Polylactic Acid (PLA) a plastic derived from corn, water and paper. PLA coated board is compostable and recyclable.


Vending cups- Vending cups are designed to dispense through automatic vending machines.