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    Eco-Friendly Cup Recommendations?

    Hello! Does anyone use non plastic cups for cold drinks?

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    So WhyCoffee....can you give a recommendation on what you are using for hhouck514?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hhouck514 View Post
    Hello! Does anyone use non plastic cups for cold drinks?
    Are you asking about using non-plastic cups for home use or for a café or restaurant?

    The cups that are used for hot drinks are excellent for cold drinks, too. I sometimes bring some 16 ounce hot cups home from work to use for cold drinks, (soda, iced tea, etc.) especially when I know I will be having guests stop by. Many people have remarked that they like the idea of using the non-plastic cups. Plus, the hot cups tend to keep the drinks colder longer, and they don't sweat from condensation as much as the plastic ones do.

    I don't know of any cafes that use non-plastic cups for cold drinks. The plastic cups are clear, and most people like to see the ice cubes and the colors of their cold drinks, especially when they have iced coffee drinks, and they're mixing milk into them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hhouck514 View Post
    Hello! Does anyone use non plastic cups for cold drinks?
    Yes. (whycoffee style of answer, ha ha ha)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hhouck514 View Post
    Hello! Does anyone use non plastic cups for cold drinks?
    In cafe situation, they should serve cold drink in a glass cup, if they want to drink in the cafe.
    but for to-go, they should offer some sort of discount when a customer brings in his own cup. without own cup, i guess paper cup should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyCoffee View Post
    Maybe in developing countries...

    The whole idea of disposables is to stay away from used. Customer's own cup is used, isn't it? How can you make sure it's clean before you touch it and then touch others with the same hands?
    Yup! I work in Guatemala. THAT is a 3rd world country.
    Germaphobes..... are normally in 1st world countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hhouck514 View Post
    Hello! Does anyone use non plastic cups for cold drinks?
    I was curious, so I did a little searching. I was surprised to see that there are actually eco-friendly biodegradable cold drink cups that are made out of corn. I guess it's true that you learn something new every day.

    https://greenpaperproducts.com/biode...cold-cups.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyCoffee View Post
    Cornstarch-based packing peanuts have been around for almost 20 years now.

    So the right question to ask here is: what will happen if temperature exceeds 105 degrees F or under direct sunlight? Is there any harmful chemical will be released under this condition? How long is the longest trace study of this material in direct human contact?
    It's been a long time since I've thought about the biodegradable packing peanuts. When they first became available, I put some into a bucket of water just to see what would happen. They started to break down immediately.

    I wasn't aware that they've been making clear drinking cups out of a corn-based formula. I guess if there are any trace studies being conducted, they probably haven't been going on for long.

    The original question was about eco-friendly cups for cold drinks. The temperature of a cold drink shouldn't get high enough to melt the cup or make it start to break down, unless the customer leaves the drink out in the sun or in a hot car - which you shouldn't do with plastic bottles or cups anyway.

    I would much rather see cafes use these eco-friendly cold drink cups, instead of letting a customer bring in their own cups to re-use.

    Here is another place that sells the cups:

    https://www.webstaurantstore.com/fab...e/395GC20.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyCoffee View Post
    I just don't want them compromise human health/lives for ANYTHING because even compromise human lives for other human is WRONG!

    You already know biodegradable packing peanuts will break down immediately in water, so they must use something to hold those cups together under the same condition. What that thing is? Is it safe to consume? 105 is a very low temperature: what if you use this kind of cups right after you eat hot food/drink? Your lips temperature will be higher than 105 at that time.

    I don't think a person's lips would be higher than 105 degrees after eating hot food or drinking a hot beverage.

    A person's normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees F. Drinking a hot beverage can cause an immediate mean temperature elevation of 2.6 degrees. So, at less than 101 degrees, there would be no problem. The person's lips would cool off fast because of the temperature in the room, and the cold beverage that they are drinking would cool the lips instantly. There would be no risk of the cup degrading at that point.

    The cups would be safe as long as they are shipped, stored, and used in an environment that is less that 105 degrees. I wonder how they are working out for the businesses who are currently using them.

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    I've been using Green Strip cold cups / lids / straws for YEARS (7-... every once in a while I will get some lids that are bit brittle that must have received some heat. Otherwise I have no issue with these at all. You do have to keep them away from sunlight or heat. For example, when I just have ice left in my drink and I leave it in my hot car - it will shrink - kinda like shrinky dinks for those who know what those are

    https://www.ecoproductsstore.com/gre...cold_cups.html

 

 
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