Georgia Pacific is claiming that their Perfectouch hot cups are compostable.
(If the print is a bit small, just click the picture to see the live version on Georgia Pacific’s site).
We know this is false for two reasons:
The hot cups are not certified by the BPI (the leading certifier of compostable packaging) nor is there any evidence that the hot cups meet the national standards for compostability, ASTM D6400 & D6868, and
The hot cups are lined with a plastic polymer, polyethylene (PE), and in a recent study commissioned by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition it was found that only 8.3% of commericial composting facilities that accept food packaging accept paper hot cups lined with polyethylene (vs. 80% acceptance for paper cups lined with a bio-plastic like poly-lactic acid).
These Perfectouch hot cups are unfortunately green washing and they do the entire industry a disservice.
UPDATE (8/3/2010): Viv Video | “Compostable Hot Cups – 4 Tips to Buying Truly Green Biodegradable Coffee Cups”