Here are a list of the most common questions we receive about reCUPs. For additional questions, please give us a call.

 


 

Who makes paper cups with EarthCoating®

Paper cups made with EarthCoating® are available through licensed manufacturers of Smart Planet Technologies To find a distributor of paper cups made with EarthCoating®, click here. For those interested in becoming a licensed distributor or manufacturer of paper cups made with EarthCoating® please contact Smart Planet Technologies.

What is EarthCoating®?

EarthCoating® is a new paperboard barrier coating made of minerals and plastic (Calcium Carbonate and Polyethylene) By using EarthCoating® to create paper cups  they become valuable to collect and easy to pulp into recycled paper using conventional recycling equipment. They also use 44-51% less plastic than traditional paper cups. For more details about EarthCoating®, please visit Smart Planet Technologies.

Why can't I recycle a tradition paper cup? It's just paper right?

Paper cups are not accepted as recyclable because of the difficulty paper recyclers have processing plastic-coated paper cup stock through their paper recycling equipment. The plastic is used to seal the cup during production and to keep the liquid from leaking through the paper. In order for paper cups to be labeled as "recyclable" in the U.S., over 60% of municipalities around the country need to accept them for recycling. 

What type of recyclability claims can I make if I use paper cups made with EarthCoating®?

Depending on which country you're in will determine the recycling claims you can make. To learn about what type of claims you can make based on your location, contact Smart Planet Technologies.

Are paper cups made with EarthCoating® compostable?

Sustainability claims for paper cups made with EarthCoating® vary based on what type of resin is being used. For example, paper cups made with EarthCoating® EC-51 (a blend of 51% minerals and 49% low density Polyethylene) are not compostable because of the petroleum-based plastic used in the coating. However, if we mineralize a bio-resin, we're able to meet the necessary criteria to make compostability claims. 

What the difference between paper cups made with EarthCoating® and traditional paper cups?

Paper cups made with EarthCoating® look, feel and perform the same as traditional paper cups. However, traditional poly-coated paper cups are too difficult for paper recyclers to process through their conventional recycling equipment because of the 100% plastic coating used to make them. Paper cups made with EarthCoating® may be easily pulped into recycled paper using conventional paper recycling equipment and they use 44-51% less plastic than traditional paper cups. To learn more about EarthCoating®, visit Smart Planet Technologies.

Are paper cups made with EarthCoating® compliant for direct food contact?

Yes, paper cups made with EarthCoating® are compliant for direct food contact in the U.S., EU and U.K.. To learn more or to view our certifications, contact Smart Planet Technologies.

Do paper cups made with EarthCoating® meet EU migration standards?

Yes, paper cups made with EarthCoating® meet EU migration standards. To learn more or to view our certifications, contact Smart Planet Technologies

Do paper cups made with EarthCoating® cost a lot more than traditional paper cups?

No, unlike other "green" paper cup alternatives, paper cups made with EarthCoating® are within a 5% price range compared to traditional paper cups (a small price to pay for a paper cup that's engineered to be recyclable and uses 44-51% less plastic than traditional paper cups).

 

Have more questions? Contact Smart Planet Technologies.