Glebe Cottage creates cards from recycled coffee cups

GLEBE COTTAGEEco-friendly card publisher, Glebe Cottage, has become the first greeting card publisher to create cards using paper from recycled coffee cup waste.


Every year in the UK we use billions of disposable cups for tea, coffee and other drinks. Until recently used cups, and the laminated paper cups are cut out of, could only be sent to landfill as there was no facility to separate out the 12-15% of plastic that lined them. A new recycling plant at James Cropper paper mill in the Lake District has changed all that recycling  the equivalent of 2.5 billion coffee cups a year. The resulting board, aptly named ‘coffee latte’, contains 50% recycled coffee cup waste and 50% FSC fibres.

Glebe Cottage, has always had a passion for reducing its environmental footprint, especially by using materials that can divert waste away from landfill. Sales director, Sue Morrish, said, “We were privileged to visit the James Cropper paper mill in February. When we saw this innovative new uncoated paper we knew it was a perfect fit with our environmental credentials and were thrilled when our print tests showed that it also printed beautifully.”

Glebe Cottage is now using the coffee board for its Becky Bettesworth collection and plans to start using it for other art ranges over the coming months.