Why We Switched to White Cup Lids from Black Lids
You may have noticed with your recent visit to your local Muffin Break now has white coffee cup lids to match our takeaway cups to replace the black lids.
And you’re probably wondering why we made the change, right? It’s got nothing to do with money, or how it looks…
It’s all for the better of our environment! Here’s what we recently discovered to inspire this change.
Sorting at the Waste Facility
Black cup lids includes carbon black as an additive. These cup lids do not get detected for sorting into the plastics stream at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).
The technology of the Near Infrared (NIR) identifies the different types of polymers by reflecting light off the surface. For items that include carbon black, even at very low concentrations, the NIR light will be absorbed and not be reflected.
As a result, black cup lids are not sorted into the recycling stream and end up in landfill, despite the lid being made from recyclable materials it does not get to be recycled.
Muffin Break’s Sustainability Journey continues
We kick started our war on waste officially in stores over six months ago with our recycling partnership with Simply Cups and have continued to make change ever since.
Changing from black cup lids to white lids was an easy decision to reduce our impact to Australia’s landfill. But if you make the choice not to use our takeaway cups in store, we are rewarding customers who bring in their own reusable cup, and we encourage you to dine in with our crockery.
You will have also noticed we stopped the supply of single-use plastic bags and plastic straws in your local store and have replaced them with paper options.
Stay tuned for even more progress on our sustainability journey to a greener place to live! It’s a continuous journey and there are more updates to come.