F&B specialist SSP has removed plastic lids from its own-brand hot beverage cups, replacing them with a plastic-free alternative

The new lids, made of bagasse, which is derived from sugar cane stalks, will remove more than eight million single-use plastic items from SSP’s own-brand supply chain each year, weighing in excess of 45 tonnes.

The bagasse lids are also free from PFAS, or “forever chemicals”, which  can be harmful to humans. They will be used at brands including AMT Coffee and Upper Crust.

Kari Daniels, CEO of SSP UK & Ireland, said; “This is a significant step forward in our sustainability journey. Making the move to bagasse lids not only reduces our reliance on plastic but, because the plants can regrow, we are securing the longevity of our supply chain from renewable sources.”

SSP is committed to eliminating all unnecessary single-use plastics from its own-brand packaging and ensuring 100% is reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. The company has already switched its own-brand cold drinks cups to rPET, which includes recycled material.

The bagasse lids are free from “forever chemicals”
The bagasse lids are free from “forever chemicals” SSP Group