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An Australian entrepreneur has launched a 100% disposable, compostable coffee cup and lid, according to TradeArabia.com.

The PLAnet Cup, launched by Melissa Floreani, owner of Espresso Syndicate, a company which supplies sustainable, organic fair trade coffee to cafes across Melbourne, is lined with biodegradable PLA (cornstarch) which is harvested from renewable resources and can be composted after use, the report says.

Where forerunners have retained a plastic lid, the PLAnet Cup is entirely compostable, from the cup to the innovative bioplastic lid.

“As a coffee supplier, I was frustrated that I couldn’t provide my customers with a genuinely eco-conscious disposable cup,” Floreani, who developed the product after identifying a gap in the market, was quoted as saying.

“Modern consumers want to limit the impact that they are having on the world, but they want this to fit with their lifestyles too. With PLAnet Cup, cafes can provide their customers with an easy way to preserve their green conscience without sacrificing their treat-to-self,” she added.

The significant PLAnet Cups offering is the lid made from biodegradable plant-derived material that is 100% compostable.

The PLAnet Cup can be supplied to any cafe either pre-printed with their individual branding or as a white cup with minimal branding, accommodating the current trend for white cups with an ink logo stamp.

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