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Frugal Cup

The only recyclable cup made from recycled paper.


Frugal Cup - simply recyclable

Frugal Cup is the only paper cup that can be recycled as part of the mainstream waste process.
It’s a charmingly simple product:

  • a 96% recycled paperboard outer
  • a 4% food-grade PE liner

The two elements easily separate during the standard recycling process so that the paperboard can be recycled again and the liner can be recycled or used for energy from waste.
Crucially, can be deposited in ANY recycling bin – that’s the one you have at home, the one on the street or the recycling bin in the coffee shop or office.

The paper cup waste scandal

Around 2.5 billion coffee cups are used and thrown away each year in the UK but in 2017, less than 1 in 400 – just 0.25% – were getting recycled.
The statistics are breathtaking, the waste enough to make you weep.

This is why the problem is so acute: conventional paper coffee cups aren’t easily recyclable (whatever they claim) – they’re made from plastic-coated virgin paperboard which doesn’t break down efficiently in the standard recycling process.

Frugal Cups are the solution. They’re made from recycled paperboard with no waterproofing chemicals, their food-grade liner separates easily in the standard recycling process.

Frugal Cup stats

Here’s what you need to know.

The recyclable cup made from recycled paperboard
Three sizes: 8oz, 12oz, 16oz
Delightful designs: dotty, kraft, ivy, sunny, waterfall, winter.
Available in boxes of 500 (8oz and 12oz) and 400 (16oz)
Made from 96% recycled paperboard
Food-grade PE liner (removed in standard recycling process)

Frugal Cup Linerless

Made from sustainable virgin paper treated with a unique coating for ease of recycling

Available in 8oz, 12oz and 16oz sizes.


The truth about paper coffee cup recycling

It’s an issue that’s actually quite tricky to unpick.

Quite understandably, many retailers and manufacturers don’t want to come clean about the proportion of their cups that gets recycled. Most of the time, they quietly rely on the word ‘paper’ being more environmentally-friendly than the word ‘plastic’.

Find out more


To take part in our Design A Cup competition, download the template here.