RICE HUSK TRAVEL MUGS
REUSABLE & BIODEGRADABLE
In response to seeing all the pollution around the world created by Plastic waste, we felt that CFL should start making a conscious effort to help reduce it, Where we could.
One of the first areas was to have a recyclable laminate which we can now provide.
It then became big news that 2.5 Billion plastic lined, paper cups, are used and disposed of in the UK, EVERY YEAR!
CFL looked at the alternatives and concluded that Rice Husk Mugs were the way forward.
They are made from waste, so no additional work needs to be done, apart to transport from A to B, no mining, planting, growing, harvesting, to make it available.
The resin used is naturally occurring so is proved to be harmless to the environment.
Bamboo and tin materials were considered, but this is much friendlier.
They will last as long as you want them to but put back into nature they will biodegrade quicker than you would expect.
The silicone lids and sleeves are not so good but treated respectfully will last a very long time.
However, we can offer a printed card sleeve which has all sorts of potential for informing and marketing, so can see these being a new marketing vehicle. Open to updating from time to time, with vouchers to be used against offers.
The lid is not so straight forward to replace, we are experimenting with different designs so that the mugs can be easy to use and drip proof, but that will come.
As a product we obviously see this being used by all the Coffee Shops, even Restaurants are showing interest to replace China cups and glasses, due to its toughness and pleasant feel to the lips.
We are particularly keen to offer the mugs to businesses to cut down their internal use of the cups, potentially giving as a Company Christmas Gift for employees to be more aware of the environment and cut down purchases and landfill disposal all at the same time, for personal and business use.
WHY RICE HUSK?
Rice husk has a number of names, the most common being husk, hull, rice shell and chaff.
WHAT IS IT?
It’s the outermost layer of protection encasing a rice grain. It is a yellowish colour and has a convex shape. It is slightly larger than a grain of rice. Typical dimensions are 4mm by 6mm. It is lightweight, having a ground bulk density of 340kg/m3 to 400kg/m3.
Rice hulls themselves are a class A thermal insulating material because they are difficult to burn and less likely to allow moisture to propagate mold or Fungi.
THE RICE HUSK PROBLEM
Rice is the most commonly eaten daily foodstuff for more than 2/3rds of the worlds population with 478 Million tons of rice produced annually worldwide and 20% of the total volume of the rice crop is husk.
95,600 Million kilos of rice husk that are produced annually by the industry are not being used because it doesn’t have substantial commercial value and become organic waste.
Farmers previously struggled to dispose of it due to it’s large volume presenting an environmental problem concerning its disposal.
THE RICE WAY SOLUTION
We use an Exclusive Patented process to transform tones of this organic waste in products for domestic use instead of using other raw materials that need specific collection, extraction, farming or processing and therefore, making a bigger and undesired impact on our environment.
Following an Original Formula we combine the rice husks (previously grinded) with a 100% natural resin with no added chemicals, making the resultant material compact, hard and foremost Natural and Organic.
Through a high temperature moulding procedure we give this mixture its final cup-shape and hardness.
After this, all our cups are carefully polished one by one to give them their final shiny look.
The result is a product that is 100% Innocuous and can’t harm our health or the environment. It lasts for years when used correctly but in conditions of full exposure to Nature is totally biodegradable (natural elements), making it even more environmentally friendly than recyclable materials that require industrial processing to be decomposed.