We are more aware than ever of the impact of pollutants on our environment; making and disposing of products in our own environment makes us more mindful of adverse impacts on health and community.
Which is why, where possible, we seek to manufacture locally. We started our business to reduce disposable cup use, so sustainability considerations underpin every decision we make.
We believe in local manufacturing
Locally made products are a fit for purpose response to community needs; local manufacturing builds better communities, by employing those within them to make their own goods.
Local manufacturing also reduces our environmental footprint – particularly in terms of supply chain operations – so it’s better for the planet. But perhaps most importantly, it encourages accountability around the manufacturing process around end of life.
Product stewardship for manufacturers will be increasingly important as we demand companies take into consideration the downstream consequences of manufacture, as well as supply inputs. Life cycle, use of materials, recyclability and reduction of unnecessary parts and products must be at the forefront of our thinking as we reconsider burning waste to energy as an effective strategy for finite resources.
The map below shows where all our parts are made and locally assembled.
KeepCup products are ‘Made in Australia’ and ‘Made in the UK’
A claim that a product was made, manufactured, or otherwise originated in a particular country is a representation of where it was created. Unlike ‘grown in’ or ‘product of’ claims, the source of a product’s individual components is not relevant to a ‘made in’ claim.
This means that a product doesn’t need to contain any components from a country to be able to claim that it was ‘made’ in that country. Under the Australian Consumer law, a claim may safely be made that a product was made in a particular country if the business can demonstrate that it underwent its last substantial transformation in the country claimed.
We manufacture and distribute from our key global hubs
The majority of our components – including all KeepCup lids, plugs, retail boxes, and brochures – are manufactured in Australia. And perhaps most importantly, assembly of all KeepCup products is done in Australia for the local market.
For this reason, we can say that all KeepCup products are made in Australia.
The only KeepCup components that are not manufactured in Australia are those that cannot be sourced – our silicone bands are manufactured in China, because that is the only place in the world that low grade silicone is manufactured. We were the very first customer of our silicone band manufacturer, and have had the joy of seeing their business grow and flourish.
Our cork bands come from the ancient cork oak forests of Portugal, upcycled from the off cuts of wine corks. Again, we work with another small family business to deliver a great and unique product.
Similarly, tempered glass tumblers are made by only a handful of manufacturers around the world. Ours are made in China.
Products shipped from our UK hub are also made locally; not only do we assemble locally in UK produced packaging, but all plastic parts are made locally in the UK.
Products shipped from our US hub are assembled locally, with outer cartons and printing processes also done locally. According to requirements, we could also claim that KeepCups within that market are made in the USA.
|Glass Cup||Tempered soda lime glass||China||Recyclable|
|Booster||Tritan copolyester||Australia||Commercial recycling|
|Retail Box||Cardboard||Australia/UK||FSC material biodegradable|
|Insert Brochure||Paper||Australia/UK||FSC material biodegradable|
|Outer Cartons||Cardboard||Australia/UK/US||100% recycled
|Assembly||Locally assembled by hand in our three warehouse hubs||Australia/UK/US||