Polypropylene (or PP for short) is a widely used plastic that can be seen all around us. Almost everywhere we look in modern society you will find plastic, and boba shops are no different. Polypropylene is commonly used for the plastic cups through which boba fans get a window into your bubble tea creations. But is polypropylene safe?
Is Polypropylene Safe? – (TLDR: Yes!)
With over seven decades of widespread use in a seemingly never-ending list of uses, pp has been studied in depth and has been found to be safe for use in food and beverage industries. Similar to PETG (another similar plastic, often used in cups) pp has been declared safe for use by various respected organisations, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States.
These studies have also found that PP is BFA-free. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in some plastic manufacturing processes and is known to leach in to food and drinks. Although not necessarily dangerous, many consumers often prefer to ensure their plastics are BPA free. And you can rest assured that PP is free from BFA.
In short, you can be sure that pp cups are safe for your customers.
Is Polypropylene Sustainable?
Sustainability is the buzzword of the day. Sustainability, in its simplest sense, can be thought of as meeting the needs of today and facilitating the needs of tomorrow. The main sustainability advantage that pp has over other materials is its ease of recycling. Requiring small amounts of energy to recycle and retaining its strength during the process, the recyclability (and reusability) of pp cups make them one of the most sustainable options on the market.
Although in the future we may see other sustainable cup materials such as bamboo or bagasse. But, today these products are not available at competitive prices. Because we aim to provide our customers with cost-efficient products, we currently offer a range of PP cups in our online shop.
What Does Taipec Offer?
Here at Taipec we are passionate about bubble tea. It's why we do what we do. And we love being able to help you share your passion for bubble tea with your customers. To this extent we supply a wide range of bubble tea products. From ingredients and consumables to equipment and training, Taipec is the number 1 bubble tea supplier in the UK. Interested? Get in touch today.