Single or double wall: What’s the difference?
The key difference between a single wall and a double wall coffee cup is the layer. A single wall cup has one layer, while a double wall cup has two.
The additional layer on a double wall cup helps protect hands from hot drinks such as tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
Due to the lack of insulation, a single wall cup may be paired with a cup sleeve for added protection against heat.
The benefits of a single wall cup
- Low cost per unit
- Easy to recycle
The benefits of a double wall cup
- Strong and durable
- Extra insulation for heat protection
- No need for a cup sleeve or “doubling up” (putting cups inside another)
- A higher quality appearance and feel
The most sustainable choice
In most cases, single wall cups are the most sustainable choice.
Due to their simple design, single wall cups require less energy and paper to manufacture. Transport related emissions are also reduced due to the lower unit/case weight.
Single wall cups are therefore ideal for consumers looking to reduce their carbon footprint.