About 5.6 billion lids for paper hot cups are used every year, according to industry data. And where do they end up? The landfill.
But it doesn’t have to end like that – if you’re using a Green Mountain Coffee ecotainer® hot cup lid, that is.
Today, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. and International Paper have launched an eco-friendly lid to complement the eco-friendly cup – know as the ecotainer® - we jointly introduced to the world in 2006.
What makes this lid different than any other?
- First, the ecotainer hot cup lid is made from polylactic acid, a renewable resource, as opposed to lids made from polystyrene, a non-renewable resource.
- Second, the lid is certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) and meets the ASTM standard for compostability, which means it can be composted in municipal and industrial composting facilities – making it the only compostable hot cup lid manufactured in the U.S.
For every one million lids that we and others convert to the ecotainer hot cup lid, 4.1 tons less of non-renewable petrochemical materials would be used annually. Composting the lid, along with other ecotainer products and food waste, will also further reduce the amount of material going into landfills. For more info on the ecotainer, click here.
You may not know, but the first Earth Day was 40 years ago today – and it sparked real local change of which we can all be thankful. As we work on the global environmental challenges of our era, don’t forget the power that these few folks had in preserving and restoring the natural landscape and the power we all have to keep that effort alive.
Even if it’s just composting your compostable coffee cup – and now, lid.