New Coffee Cup an Australian First

Jasper Coffee, a Melbourne-based specialty coffee roaster, has launched a new, plastic-free, single-use coffee cup and lid, in what it is calling an Australian first. Jasper Coffee said the cup is 100 percent recyclable and compostable.

Produced by Finland-based Kotkamills, the cup uses cardboard with a water-based dispersion barrier. To bring these cups to Australia, the company consulted with its Indonesia-based manufacturer Glopac and Melbourne distributor Aberdeen Paper over the course of 18 months.

Wells Trenfield, Jasper Coffee founder said the company has a longstanding partnership with Aberdeen cup suppliers.

“This is a relationship where each party recognises the needs of the business through reciprocal trust and honesty and sharing of the costs and rewards over the journey,” he said.

“In turn, Aberdeen has entrusted Alan Knights from Glopac of Indonesia as our cup manufacturer. This is because they integrate in the socially responsible way that they treat their workers and the sustainability of the environment.”

If this is a first for Australia it seems a little late to the game. In New Zealand, BioPak, a packaging company that produces compostable coffee cups and lids was established in 2006.