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What’s the best paper cup for hot drinks?

In an age of increasing environmental awareness, many businesses and individuals are striving to incorporate sustainable materials and products into their practices and lives. 

Whether it is using more renewable fuels to power their properties and vehicles, buying fewer single-use plastic products (such as toothbrushes, water bottles and plastic food packaging), or cutting their impact on the environment thanks to a more eco-conscious approach to travel – there are a multitude of ways in which everyone can make a more positive impact on the environment.

Arguably the best change anyone can make to their lives is to use products which are constructed from eco-friendly materials. For the purposes of this article, we will be examining paper cups, which are a fantastic alternative to plastic variants. 

However, you need to make sure that you are using the correct type of paper cups if you are going to use them for hot drinks. Many are too thin or delicate to contain a hot liquid, which could be dangerous if it spills. 

This is what you need to know about the best paper cup for hot drinks:


The first type of disposable coffee cups to examine is the single walled variant. As the name suggests, this form of an environmentally friendly cup is made up of a single layer of cardboard.

Due to the thinness of the construction, single wall cups are best suited to cold drinks. If you do choose to use them for hot drinks, it is recommended that you use an insulating sleeve in order to protect your customers’ hands. 

As a further safety precaution, it is a good idea to use hot drink cups with lids.

If you run a business (such as coffee shops) and you want to use single-walled cups, it is best to attach a warning sticker, to prevent any customers from scolding their hands.

What’s more, due to the thinness of their construction, single walled coffee cups are the most likely to be crushed or damaged accidentally.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that single walled paper coffee cups are the cheapest on the market, which is important to know if you are a business on a tight budget. 


Arguably the best paper cups for hot drinks is the double walled cup. The reason for this is that they have two layers, which offers far superior heat insulation to the single wall variant and gives the cup a more high-quality structure.

What’s more, thanks to the high level of heat insulation, if you run a business then you can save money on heat protection sleeves, safe in the knowledge that the double wall cup is safe in and of itself.

Air pocket insulated

Lastly, you have air pocket insulated paper coffee cups. This design is more eye-catching than other types of paper cups for hot drinks because it uses a corrugated construction to insulate the heat. 

This makes it the safest coffee cup option compared to the others available and keeps the beverage hot for longer.

Get in touch and see how we can help you be greener with your takeaway food packaging. Request a catalogue or further info on 0121 289 4295 or alternatively email [email protected].

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