How to Compost or Recycle Your Repurpose Stemless Cups 🍷

 

By: Repurpose

Hello, eco-enthusiasts! We know you love celebrating sustainably, and our Stemless Wine and Cocktail Cups are a testament to that. But what happens after the party's over? Let's talk about responsibly disposing of your Repurpose cups to keep the green party going even after the last guest has left.

Understanding PLA:

First off, what is PLA? PLA, or Polylactic Acid, is a plant-based plastic made from renewable resources like cornstarch. It's a fantastic eco-friendly alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastics. Our PLA stemless cups are designed not only for your convenience but also to reduce your carbon footprint. They are also non-toxic and contain no added PFAS, ensuring you enjoy your beverages safely without exposure to harmful chemicals (like BPA). Our cups are a healthier choice for you, your family, and the planet. 

The Environmental Benefits of PLA:

Why Choose PLA? Beyond being a sustainable alternative, PLA boasts significant environmental benefits, especially regarding its carbon footprint.


Renewable Material: PLA is made from renewable resources like cornstarch. These plants absorb CO2 as they grow, which means that the production of PLA results in lower net greenhouse gas emissions. This cycle makes PLA a material that contributes significantly less to global warming than traditional petroleum-based plastics. Our cup production emits 80% less CO2 into the atmosphere, requires up to 60% less water, and uses 52% less energy than petroleum-based plastic production. 

 

Composting Repurpose Stemless Cups:

  1. Find a Compost Facility: PLA cups are certified industrially compostable. That means they need to be processed in a commercial composting facility where they can properly break down. Check with your local waste management services to find a compost facility near you; facilities may not exist in your area. You can find a composter here.

  1. Separate for Composting: After your gathering, ensure that the cups are free of liquid and food residue. This makes them ready for composting.

  1. Drop-off or Collection: Depending on your local services, you can drop off the cups at the composting facility or place them in your compost bin if your community offers curbside collection for industrial compost.

Recycling Repurpose Cups:

While PLA cups are designed for composting, they can also be recycled where #7 plastics are collected. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Check Local Guidelines: Some areas might have specific guidelines for recycling PLA products. It’s always a good idea to check with your local recycling program. Check here to find recycling facilities in your area. 
  1. PLA Recycling Programs: As the demand for sustainable materials grows, so do the recycling solutions. Look for recycling programs geared explicitly towards handling PLA. These programs understand the nuances of bioplastics and have the processes in place to recycle them effectively.

Choosing Repurpose Stemless cups is a step towards a more sustainable celebration. Remember, every small step counts in our journey to a more sustainable planet. You can learn more here on supporting broader access to composting infrastructures. Lastly, be sure to share with your family and friends. 


Let's raise our cups (responsibly) to a greener future!



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