Disposable coffee cups are upcycled into luxury papers
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Finding new ways to recycle the ever-growing amount of waste has seen the development of ideas such as a plant-based, compostable bottle and reusable smart cups. Now, a luxury paper maker has developed a way to turn used coffee cups into new paper and plastic products. James Cropper Paper are makers of bespoke, luxury papers for upmarket brands all over the world. In 2013, the company opened a facility dedicated to its new Cupcycling process – the world’s first take-away cup recycling process. In the past, take-away cups proved complicated to recycle due to their combination of paper and plastic. To get around the difficulties, the new process creates a unique closed-loop recycling solution. Recently, James Cropper partnered with upmarket department store Selfridges to turn disposable coffee cups from its store into the paper used to create the stores’ iconic yellow shopping bags.
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