Frugalpac – manufacturer of the first fully recyclable coffee cup made from recycled paper – has opened a new manufacturing facility in Wrexham, North Wales, to produce Frugal Cups. The ‘Frugal Cup’ offers an environmentally-friendly solution for cafes and consumers seeking an alternative to non-recyclable disposable cups.
Investment is bringing the Frugal Cup concept to life
Following a seven-figure investment, the company’s new factory is part of an 18,000 square foot manufacturing site operated by the Cup Folk and includes 21 new production machines for three dedicated production lines. The Frugalpac facility will supply UK coffee shops with its range of easily recyclable Frugal Cups. The company selected the Wrexham-based manufacturing plant for its 24-hour operation, 250m cup capacity and the scope to further expand the facility to meet market demand. At least 20 people from the local area will be employed to run and manage production of the Frugal Cups.
Tackling the UK’s coffee cup problem
According to a report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Eunomia Research & Consulting, the UK is set to throw away a third more single-use coffee cups than at present by 2030. Frugal Cups will be available in three sizes – 8oz, 12oz and 16oz – in four Frugalpac-branded styles as well as offering bespoke designs through an in-house printing process. Made from recycled paperboard, with no waterproofing chemicals, the cup’s food-grade liner separates easily during the standard recycling process. The paperboard and liner can then be recycled through separate streams which means that the cup can be disposed of in any recycling bin at home, on the street, in the coffee shop or office.
Malcolm Waugh, CEO of Frugalpac, commented:
“We are delighted to open this factory which will mean we can now produce and supply the innovative Frugal Cup to coffee shops and cafes across the UK. With ever increasing consumer demand for brands and retailers to do more to support an environmentally-sustainable economy, our aim is to be the number one replacement for all the coffee cups in the market today which are difficult to recycle and made from virgin paper board. This truly is the beginning of the recycled coffee cup revolution, and we encourage consumers to seek out cafes that stock the Frugal Cup and to ask their local coffee shops to #getFrugal!”