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United Airlines has introduced a new, eco-friendly coffee cup to its United Club beverage service on United flights.

The insulating InCycle® cup, manufactured by MicroGREEN, is fully recyclable and made from up to 50 percent recycled materials. The InCycle cup will replace the non-recyclable Styrofoam hot beverage cups the airline currently uses.

Through MicroGREEN’s technology, four and a half InCycle cups are made from a single recycled water bottle in a waterless, additive-free recycling process. The cup is also insulated, eliminating the need for a sleeve.

United is reviewing its operational recycling efforts to find ways to reduce waste and to increase recycling within its system. This includes a re-design of United’s inflight recycling policy and procedures to simplify the process for flight attendants, generate increased recycling volumes and minimize waste.

Published in the April 2014 Edition of American Recycler News