Huskup: The Reusable, Rice Husk CupFrancescaPalange
Huskup is a new reusable and biodegradable coffee cup that utilises an abundant waste material – the humble rice husk – to make each takeaway tea, coffee or hot chocolate that little bit greener. Durable and dishwasher safe, but entirely free from plastic, trees, BPA and melamine, this unassuming little cup is setting a new bar for the eco-friendly caffeine fix in the UK.
The development of this product is in response to the 7 million disposable coffee cups we throw away every single day in the UK. We’re a nation of coffee lovers and 2017-18 witnessed a huge surge in public awareness of our global single-use plastic problem.
The material was the starting point for Huskup. The cup is made using the outer hull of the rice grain, a natural and robust material that would otherwise be burnt at the mill. Harnessing this abundant waste product means that we are giving the planet a helping hand even before the first coffee is poured.
And, not only is the rice husk a readily available resource, but it allows us to produce a product that can return to the earth at the end of its useful life, biodegrading fully through microbial action. Huskup is certified to European compostability standards (EN 13432), meaning the cups can disintegrate naturally and go back to the land, and it’s entirely safe for seeds to germinate in the resulting compost.
We owe a debt of gratitude to those people who have shone a spotlight on single-use plastic and started the nation talking, but now it’s our turn to continue the conversation. To make the cup a talking point with as many people as possible, we have teamed up with local, likeminded artists for our first 12 designs, and there will be many more collaborations to come.
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