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NOT JUST DESIGNED IN AUSTRALIA, MADE IN AUSTRALIA

Lots of people ask us why we chose plastic. They don’t realise most disposable cups are lined with polyethylene and have a polystyrene lid so there is enough plastic in 20 disposable cups and lids to make one small KeepCup.  So even though KeepCup is made from plastic - KeepCup is about less plastic.

Here is why :

  • Low embodied energy in manufacture. 
    The resources required to manufacture plastic are relatively low, this means that you only have to use it 15 times to break even with paper cups in terms of the energy manufacture and use. 
  • Lightweight and unbreakable
    For you to carry our product around it has to be lightweight, ergomonic and unbreakable.
  • Colourful
    The ability to choose a unique, personal colourway for yourself increases the desirability of the KeepCup, and increases your likelihood of remembering and reusing.
  • Dishwasher safe
    Makes cleaning easy.
  • Recyclable at end of life
    The KeepCup is made from single component materials to facilitate recycling at end of life.  Polypropylene is being targeted as a great material capable of being recycled into consumer goods.  There are lots of clever people doing exciting things in this space.
  • Weight and freight
    Being lightweight and stackable has a significant impact on the environmental costs of shipping and freight.  The ability to ship components for local assembly also decreases the environmental impact of the KeepCup.

More KeepCup Fast Facts

Disposable Cup Facts
  • 500 billion disposable cups are manufactured globally every year; that’s about 75 disposable cups for every single person on the planet.
  • Half of the plastic used in the world today is for single use items.
  • On average, each disposable cup contains 5% of the raw materials involved in the process of making and delivering it.
  • In the United States alone, 58 billion disposable cups are thrown out annually, with the majority ending up in landfill; that is, 158 disposable cups for every US inhabitant.
  • The 500 billion disposable cups used in the world each year placed end to end could circumnavigate the earth 1,360 times.
  • World paper use has exploded by 400% in the last 40 years. Now nearly 4 billion trees or 35% of the total trees chopped down are used in paper industries on every continent.
  • 98 tonnes of resources are used to make 1 tonne of paper.
  • Globally, we go through about 300 million tons of paper each year. Most of that paper is made from virgin pulp.
  • Very little recycled paper is used to make disposable cups because of contamination concerns. Because most disposable cups are coated with plastic, both composting and recycling of disposable cups is uncommon.
  • Most of the world’s paper supply, in fact about 71%, still comes from diminishing forests, not tree farms or the recycling bin.
  • Urban rubbish has increased tenfold over the course of the twentieth century, from 92 to 1242 pounds of pure product waste per person per year. At this rate, we discard approximately 14.4 times our body weight in waste every year.
  • Taiwan discards 1.5 billion disposable cups annually. Landfill issues have given rise to new rules for establishments, to give discounts to all reusable cups. It is expected to produce a 30% reduction of disposable cup use annually, or 450 million cups, saving 110,000 trees and reducing carbon emissions by 15,000 metric tonnes.
  • The KeepCup compared to a disposable paper cup (including coffee) sees a: 36-47% reduction in global warming carbon emissions, 64-85% reduction in water use, 91-92% reduction in landfill waste annually.
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