We must consider global change in awareness and consumer behaviours in this area over the last 12 months. Demand can often outstrip supply when it comes to compostables. However, our suppliers Bunzl Irish Merchants are supporting us every step of the way with fantastic products and guaranteed industrial compostability.
Production and where we compost
Our new compostable cups are made in Ireland using vegware technology. They comply with the specifications established in the American Society for Testing and Materials standard ASTM D6400 and/or D6868, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the “Biodegradable Products Institute. Therefore the cups can be composted in industrial compost facilities.
We are aware that communities are facing significant challenges with the onset of new compostable packaging. Some of this packaging is being disposed of incorrectly. As a result they are now becoming a litter problem, with many community groups feeling frustration.
As a company we are wholly committed to tackling this issue amongst our customer base. We have launched a new food waste disposal education system for our customers and clients.
Amongst other elements, this shows customers how to:
- Dispose of our compostable cups correctly, i.e. in the food waste bin which is then taken for industrial composting.
- Prevent contamination of food waste bins with plastics.
- The importance of rinsing and drying plastic.
Additionally, we are promoting reusability in The Q Cafe Company. We have discounts on all hot drinks for people with a re-usable coffee cup, which is accredited by The Conscious Cup Campaign. We are also encouraging the importance taking 5 minutes from a busy day to sit down and have a coffee or mug of tea with us. Soup for the soul as our QWellness programme calls it.
Large step forward
Nonetheless the launch of our new compostable cups is a major step in the right direction. The production of the cups uses less energy and water. So the cups are less harmful to the environment. We feel small environmental changes can make a big impact!