From practical to entirely purposeful, disposable cups come in many different styles, materials, sizes, and colors. However, with all of the other options available, how do you know which type of cup will work best for your restaurant? As mentioned, there are many different kinds, so picking the right ones matter. Read on for some terminology on different types of disposable cups for your restaurant!
Disposable Cup Materials
PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate. A member of the polyester material family, it is used to make some synthetic fibers along with beverage and food containers. Products created with PET are lightweight and are excellent at blocking gases, moisture, solvents, and more. They’re also impact-resistant and strong as a disposable cup material. Products also made from PET can also be recycled.
The term poly-coated is usually used when referring to a material entirely coated in polyethylene. Poly-coated materials are a lot more smooth, stable, and moisture resistant than any non-coated materials and usually feature a single or a double layer of polyethylene, all depending on the quality and durability that is desired.
Featuring a leak-resistant wax coating, wax-coated products will offer added sturdiness and strength, similar to those that are already poly-coated. These products are usually sprayed on all sides with wax and work well, especially in cold applications.
Air Pocket Insulated Paper Cups
Eliminating the need to double up or keep coffee sleeves on hand, paper hot cups such as ripple cups and double wall cups are made with air pocket insulation to help keep hot beverages warm without burning people’s hands. These cups feature an inner sheet along with an outer sheet, separated by a layer of air for extra insulating properties.
Sustainable Paper Cups
Some paper cups are created using renewable sources. These cups are available in different compostable paper styles, double-sided poly paper styles, and some paper-lined styles with thick shells. Created with up to 100% renewable resources, sustainable paper cups give you, and your customers added peace of mind while using disposable cups for service. They’re available in cold or hot cup designs, so make sure to check if the cup you are interested in is heat-resistant if hot beverages are your thing.
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