a new kind of plastic-free hot drink paper cup

A sustainable future, in your hands

We’re doing our bit, now we’re calling on you to do yours.

Want to help us inspire big changes through simple actions? You’re in the right place! Every CUPkind cup you drink from is:

  • plastic-free*
  • recyclable*
  • compostable
What do I do with my cup?

*CUPkind cups are made from responsibly sourced paper board (FSC). The paper board used in the CUPkind cups is certified Plastic free, certified recyclable and also certified as suitable home composting.

Join the KIND Revolution

KIND Revolution is a movement that strives to eradicate plastics wherever possible, create a circular economy and bring us one step closer to a sustainable future.

Did you know that research suggests that the UK may already use as many as 5 billion coffee cups per year and that less than 1 in 25 are recycled!1 That is a lot of cups ending up in landfills, as litter on our streets or floating in our oceans.

While reusable cups should always be our number one option, CUPkind understands that even the most steadfast champions of reusable culture won't always have one to hand when thirst strikes.

Don’t panic! Convenience and sustainability can still go hand-in-hand, we just need you to play your part…

1 https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/

What do I do with my cup?

Wherever you are, it’s easy to reduce your environmental impact with CUPkind. Simply choose one of the options below to get started!

Work, school or other

Enjoyed your drink in a CUPkind cup at work, school or another establishment?

Look for cup collection bins that may be located around the building. It’s always worth asking at the cafeteria (if you have one) as they might be able to dispose of it for you.If your organisation doesn’t have cup collection bins, speak to your local waste provider, who will be able to advise on setting up a cup collection scheme.

Or follow this useful link to find your nearest recycling point where you can dispose of your cups.

Out and about

At a festival, event, or leisure facility? Most establishments now have separate cup collection bins, so keep a look out for them.

On the move? There are over 5,000 paper cup recycling points in the UK, that will happily accept yours! To find the nearest one please visit this page.

At home

If you have taken your CUPkind cup home, you can give it a new lease of life! Drop it off at your nearest cup collection point. Not sure where yours is? Find out here.

Recycling your cup is best for the environment (the fibre from the cups can be used again for paper products such as boxes up to 7 times over!).2 However, composting is still a great alternative to sticking it into general waste. You can home compost our cups by simply tearing up your CUPkind cup and adding it to your compost bin.

2 https://www.recycle-more.co.uk/how-to-recycle-and-reduce-waste/recycling-in-the-workplace/national-cup-recycling-scheme/paper-cups-recycling-process


Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about CUPkind.

Is my cup plastic-free?

Yes, CUPkind cups are made from certified plastic-free virgin paperboard, sourced from FSC®-certified forests, which is authorised by a leading EU-wide accreditation body.  The packaging that our cups are supplied in is also plastic-free!

What is better – recycling or composting the cup?

Recycling your cup is better for the environment (the fibre from the cups can be used again for paper products such as boxes up to 7 times over!)*. That's better than cutting down new trees! However, composting is still a great alternative to sticking it into general waste.

How long does it take for my CUPkind cup to fully degrade?

If your cup was placed in a waste stream that's sent to an industrial composter, then it would decompose within 12 weeks. If you were to place the cup in a home composting bin, as long as you had the right conditions, it would start to decompose within 2-3 months.

Can it be home composted?

Yes! CUPkind is certified for home composting, as well as through industrial composting schemes.

Where I go to regularly (workplace, educational establishment, or other) doesn't have a cup collection scheme in place. What can they do to set one up?

To find out what's possible in your local area, in the first instance, we recommend speaking with your waste provider. There are also a number of bin solutions & collection scheme providers in the UK. Still stuck? Don’t hesitate to contact us & we will do our best to help to find a solution.

What happens if my cup ends up in general waste?

General waste goes to either incineration or landfill. If CUPkind cups are incinerated, energy is produced which feeds the national grid (with no volatile gases or residue!).

In landfill, studies show compostable packaging doesn't give off methane like standard conventional plastic products do.

3 https://www.recycle-more.co.uk/how-to-recycle-and-reduce-waste/recycling-in-the-workplace/national-cup-recycling-scheme/paper-cups-recycling-process