Plant-based foodie duo Stephen and David Flynn of The Happy Pear have today unveiled Ireland's only completely paper-free compostable cup.
The cup, created by Irish global packaging solutions company Zeus, contains zero paper product, making it the most sustainable single-use cup available in the Irish market.
In a bid to tackle the composting waste problem in Ireland, the cups and lids will be collected by Zeus for composting after use, creating Ireland’s only sustainable closed-loop system.
The Happy Pear is one of the first national retail brands to use the Treefree cup and the Zeus-dedicated collection bins across its three cafés in Greystones and Clondalkin.
In a statement sent to Plant Based News, they said: "We have always wanted to make the world a better place. We constantly try to make small changes to be kinder to the environment – even by eating a plant-based diet you can have an impact.
"In an ideal world, we'd prefer not to provide single-use cups, but we appreciate that it’s not really practical for our customers, so we are absolutely delighted to be among the first to use the paper-free Treefree Cups along with Zeus' compostable bins and collection service in our cafes."
They added that they have 'an important role' to play in ensuring that the cups, that start out as waste material from sugar-cane, end up broken down and turned into natural resources like biogas.
"Next time we enjoy a tea or coffee from a Treefree Cup we need to put it in the dedicated compost bin in our cafes, so it can be collected and composted," they said.
"With this simple action, our customers are making the best sustainable choice."