Single wall vs double wall coffee cups

Single Wall Cup Vs Double Wall Cup Difference

Are you looking to order the perfect coffee cup but can’t choose between a single wall cup or double wall cup? Here are all the facts you need.

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
  • Lightweight
  • Convenient
  • 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.

However, not all paper cups are created equal. Unique double wall cups, such as PLA biodegradable cups, and compostable aqueous cups, are fully suited to achieving sustainable goals.