Do you really understand the paper cup?

Posted on Sep 22.2022

With the development of the catering industry and the improvement of hygiene needs, disposable paper cups have become a must-have for people's lives. Industry statistics show that China will consume about 60 billion paper cups in 2021.


Today, let us get to know the paper cups that can be seen everywhere in daily life.


Let's get to know paper cups together


The history of disposable paper cups is not long. According to relevant information, the earliest patented paper cups appeared in the 20th century. In 1907, a Boston attorney named Lawrence Luellen made a disposable drinking cup out of paper, and Luellen's paper cup was awarded a U.S. patent in 1912.

Disposable paper cups have been widely used in my country for nearly 20 to 30 years. Today's paper cups are not only used to supply drinks such as coffee and tea, but also used to hold food, such as ice cream and soup, etc., go to any office, fast food restaurant, etc. , Disposable paper cups will be seen at large-scale events.


Classification of paper cups: There are roughly three types of disposable paper cups currently on the market


The first one is made of cardboard, which is mainly used to hold dry food such as popcorn and fried chicken, and cannot hold water;


The second is a waxed paper cup, with a layer of paraffin on the inner wall to waterproof, which can be used to hold frozen drinks, carbonated drinks, etc., and cannot hold hot water that is too high;


The third type is the "paper-plastic cup", which is also the most common and most used type of paper cup on the market. The outer wall of the cup is coated with a layer of paper, and the inner wall is coated with a layer of polyethylene or polypropylene coated paper, which can be used for both cold and hot drinks. Paper-plastic cups manufactured according to my country's industry standards have no problem in terms of safety.


Due to the enhancement of people's awareness of environmental protection and the guidance of relevant national policies, manufacturers are also looking for a degradable raw material to replace the plastic coating on the coated paper. At present, most of the research and application are plastic-free coatings.


Plastic-free paper cups can be degraded while meeting the safety and hygiene requirements of food contact products to achieve green, ecological and environmental protection purposes.


Notice: Paper cups are not allowed to hold alcoholic beverages, as alcohol is highly permeable and can easily lead to leakage.


Cup Size: Paper cups are measured in ounces (oz). There are 12 ounces, 16 ounces, 22 ounces paper cups that are common in the market.


Ounce is a unit of weight, 1 ounce weighs about 28.34 milliliters of water, and can usually be expressed as: 1 ounce (oz) is about 30 milliliters. For example, a 16oz paper cup has a capacity of nearly 500ml.


National standard for paper cups: GB/T 27590-2011, the new national standard puts forward higher requirements for paper cup raw materials, additives, packaging, printing, etc. to ensure the safety of consumers.


Shelf life of paper cups: According to the process conditions of the enterprise, the type of packaging, etc., the shelf life is generally 1 to 5 years.


Health hazards of unqualified paper cups: raw materials are moldy or contaminated during transportation and storage, the quality of printed inks is not up to standard, chemical additives are not used in the surface treatment of paper cups, and industrial wax or recycled polyethylene may be used to reduce costs. pose health risks.


In 2019, my country conducted spot checks on 156 batches of paper cup products produced by 155 enterprises in 20 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities), and no problems of excessive heavy metals, formaldehyde and other harmful substances were found. As early as 2007, paper cups without production licenses have faded out of the market.


Therefore, the paper cups that are officially sold in the Chinese market should not have the above safety hazards.