The bamboo lie: Why the Eco-cups are not a good Alternative


Per hour to land in Germany, 320.000 Coffee-to-go-Cup in the trash. In the year of the mountain of Coffee-to-go-cups builds up to 2.8 billion pieces. The is enormous. Especially when you consider that many of the cups to land in Parks or on the street. There seems to be a very simple solution: reusable cups made of bamboo. But how good are they? Stiftung Warentest has been viewed 12 cups more accurate. The result is devastating.


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Stiftung Warentest advises to let the fingers of bamboo cups. More than half of the tested cups are so loaded with pollutants that they go into the drink. The speech is of melamine. Contained therein, because bamboo fiber powder glue needed to get in shape. Basically, melamine is a resin not a hazardous substance. Also children’s tableware is often as a result. And as long as drinks or food will not be heated above 70 degrees Celsius, there is no danger that the pollutant quantities in the products.

coffee is a hot drink. In practice, the test turned out that four of the twelve mug charges a very high content of melamine in the liquid. Also, formaldehyde is found the controller in high quantities. Melamine is suspected to cause diseases in the bladder and kidney system. Formaldehyde can irritate the skin, respiratory tract or eyes, and Inhalation cancer in the nose and throat causing.

bamboo cups: No service for the environment

Stiftung Warentest criticized that some of the cups attract promise with false advertising. Consumers assume that you purchase a pure bamboo product and contribute to environmental protection. The complete Humbug, the verdict of Stiftung Warentest. The Cup of “morning hero” (14,90 Euro) advertises, for example, in order to be “biodegradable”. As the provider of “Pandoo” (12 euros). This is true for pure bamboo. But the plastic-containing cups are not left to rot for years on the compost heap.

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High levels of Pollutants, the Tester found in a Cup of Aldi Nord (1,99 Euro) and Ikea (3.95 Euro).

Almost all of the products have their faults. Only the “Chicmic Cup” has not a pollutant problem. Part with 15 Euro, however, to the expensive in the Test. Stiftung Warentest advises: If it has to be a Cup made of bamboo, then you should choose this. Otherwise, the rule is: Use reusable cups made of other materials.

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