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Reusable hot drink cups and cold drink bottles

Monday July 11, 2022

Bunzl Catering Supplies launch dedicated brochure for reusable and recyclable hot drink cups and cold drink bottles

According to a reusable packaging report published in June by environmental group, Hubbub, the main barriers to using reusables are hygiene concerns, price, and lack of convenience. Hubbub’s research was funded by Bunzl plc, and involved in-depth interviews with 40 organisations and individuals in the reusable food and drink packaging ecosystem. It provides recommendations on how reusable packaging systems can work and what needs to happen for such systems to be used by consumers and become mainstream.

Launching in parallel with the report and as part of its Sustainable Future programme, Bunzl Catering Supplies has released a 10-page brochure dedicated to a market-leading range of reusable hot drink cups and cold drink bottles. The brochure includes the latest in reusable technology and brand-leader product innovation, with cups and bottles in the range designed for durability, long-term value and customer convenience.

Page 2 features Zero Waste Cup™, a reusable and recyclable cup and lid range manufactured with an advanced EcoCore® technology.  EcoCore® creates walls with a smooth inner and wavy outer face separated by an insulated foam core, typically reducing the amount of material needed to make products with the same performance as solid alternatives. Made from 100% polypropylene, Zero Waste Cup™ cups and lids are insulated, durable and dishwasher safe up to 1000 cycles.

Circular Cups, the world’s first reusable coffee cups made from single-use paper cups, feature on page 3. They last up to 10-years, after which they can be returned to Circular&Co. to be recycled and regenerated into another Circular Cup. With a unique 360˚ easy to open and close mechanism, Circular Cups are fully insulated, keeping drinks warm for up to 90 minutes.

In the cold drink bottle section, manufactured in the UK from 100% post-consumer RPET, the 500ml Honest Bottle is the only reusable bottle designed and produced locally from recycled single-use bottles. Available in a range of 8 vibrant colours, the Honest Bottle is lightweight, has a curved design with an easy-carry loop, and a leak-proof twist cap.

Page 8 highlights the reusable and recyclable Built bottle. An elegant, practical way to stay hydrated on the move, stainless steel Built bottles are double walled and vacuum-insulated to keep cold drinks cool for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 6 hours. Available in muted mattes, modern metallics or bright shocks of colour in 500ml capacity.

The common factor in Bunzl Catering Supplies’ reusables brochure is the emphasis on design and durability.  As highlighted in Hubbub’s report, ‘clever design is about more than aesthetics’, it’s imperative that reusable products are fit for multiple reuse without loss of function or hygiene, that the customer experience remains practical and positive, and most importantly, that the product is produced with its whole life-cycle properly considered, from point of manufacture to disposal at its end of life.

Justin Turquet, Head of Sustainability at Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, comments: “As part of the Sustainable Future programme our business invests significant resources into finding and bringing to market the very latest innovation in material and product design.  Working with partner suppliers and brand-leaders we are building exciting reusable ranges that have the potential to play an important role in encouraging the use of reusable products that have a reduced impact on the environment.”

Here are the top ten recommendations on reusables, in the words of Hubbub:

  • Convenience is key: minimise the friction points and fit into people’s current patterns of behaviour
  • Keep the price down: the price needs to be as close as possible to single-use
  • Choose the right incentives: they play an important role to encourage use and returns, but deposits can put people off and rewards can lead to over-complication
  • Integrate logistics: innovation is needed here, such as creating centralised logistics networks in cities, back-hauling through existing systems and developing new washing processes
  • Be smart with packaging design: clever design is about more than aesthetics; it integrates tech, encourages returns and reduces the environmental footprint of packaging and transport
  • Understand the life-cycle analysis: a consistent process needs to be established to work out the environmental impact of reuse systems in a way that’s accurate and comparable
  • Collaborate: a system working across multiple brands, locations and platforms will be more convenient and less confusing for users
  • Consider the role of tech: tech can simplify payments, deposit refunds, rewards and tracking usage, but it can complicate the user journey and put off some audiences
  • Offer reassurance: the public have concerns around hygiene which can be addressed through a robust washing process supported by good communications
  • Support through policy: a range of potential policies, standards, incentives and subsidies would support the growth of reusable systems.

For more information about Bunzl Catering Supplies’ reusable and recyclable hot cups and cold drink bottles brochure – click here.  For more information about Hubbub’s report or the Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Sustainable Future programme – please contact us today.