Fette Cups

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Matthew Sambor
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 Fette Cup is a sustainable alternative to the number 6 plastic party cup. A package of fifty Fette Cups costs $10 while a package of the same amount of red solo cups costs around $4. Is it worth paying an extra $6 dollars for a product that is way more sustainable in every aspect of the word? I would say so! Fette Cups are compostable, recyclable, have recyclable packaging, and a diverse team behind them. Red solo cups are made from a material that ends up in our landfills at a very high rate. Fette Cups are made from a renewable resource that can be returned to out planet in a sustainable manner. Fette is doing a great job about raising awareness and reminding customers that there are many ways to consume sustainably. 

What it's made of:


Fette Cups are made out of PLA material which is commercially compostable. PLA material is a bioplastic that is made from starches like corn, making it a renewable resource. “PLA production uses 65% less energy than producing conventional plastics and generates 68% less green house gases and contains no toxins.” Besides being compostable, PLA material is 100% recyclable as well. Since Fette Cups are both compostable and recyclable, it allows the consumer to do whichever process is more accessible for them. Albeit, composting is the more sustainable option of the two. The packaging for Fette Cups is also 100% recyclable. 

How it's made:


Fette Cups are domestically produced to save on energy consumption and transportation pollution. The creation of PLA plastic is also quite sustainable overall. It comes from renewable resources that absorb CO2 and convert it into glucose. There are some conflicting opinions about how PLA material should be taken care of after being used. The main argument is that it should always be composted. Even when it is recycled it needs to be separated from number 6 plastics which can be confusing. As of now, composting is not as accessible as it should be which could result in Fette Cups ending up in landfills next to red solo cups without proper consumer education. This would only occur if the consumers think Fette cups are not an accepted recycling material like red solo cups. Luckily, Fette is doing their best to prevent this through their marketing and branding. Fette is still very young but I would like to see more information about their production process, working conditions, and sourcing. As of now, Fette seems to be on the right track to providing a much more sustainable option for the party cup. 

Who makes it:


Fette is founded by college students on a mission to do away with the terribly unsustainable red solo cups. They strive to be a transparent company represented by their cups being transparent so the consumer always see what they are drinking. The company has a blog page on their website addressing their own sustainability and even giving suggestions to their customers about how to find other sustainable companies. On their Instagram page, @ourfette, they share other sustainable beverage companies with their followers. The company also prides itself on having diverse representation from female, POC, and queer communities, as stated in their interview with CBS. There is not too much else you can ask for from a company looking to help get plastic waste out of our landfills. The only critique would be that Fette should still provide more information about their entire process from sourcing to manufacturing on their website.