Recyclable and Biodegradable*

Babycup Sippeco First Cups!

Babycup First Cups have always been 100% recyclable, so we are extra proud to say they are now also biodegradable*.

We've added our new Sippeco name to recognise their Sippy-Eco credentials.

Babycup Sippeco First Cups -
biodegradable* and 100% recyclable.

Sip sip hooray!

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The First Cup To See You Through

With our mini open cups you don't need to buy cups for different ages and stages, so there is less to buy and less waste along the way, making it better for the environment and better for your wallet too.

And whether or not you’re a ‘Tidy up with Marie Kondo’ fan, you’ll find it’s better for your cupboards!

Our training cups are also biodegradable* and recyclable, offering environmentally-friendly options for when you have finished with them. With natural world lovers such as David Attenborough and his Blue Planet II series spreading awareness of the impact of single-use plastics, you don't have to be travelling the globe, like Greta Thunberg campaigning for climate change, to know that the importance of ‘buy less, recycle more’ is thankfully gaining traction. There is no Planet B.

We need to take care of this precious planet of ours and we work hard to help support this.

eco-friendly training cup for babies

Eco Friendly Baby Cups

1. Say No To Single Use Plastic

When it comes to mini cups for little ones, disposable shot glasses can be tempting but are a false economy. Not a smart purchase environmentally, liable to crush in your child’s hand and could cut and injure delicate skin on fingers and lips, and probably have not been safety tested against chemicals you wouldn’t want leeching into your child’s drink. Not planet-friendly or baby-friendly.

2. Choose a Cup to Take Your Little One Through All the Ages and Stages

Leading dentists and orthodontists recommend an open cup to encourage sipping and be best for teeth. Choosing a mini open cup means little ones master the healthy sipping skill more easily as it’s the right size for them to handle, the liquid can funnel more into the mouth and less down the cheeks, and the cup won’t be cumbersome and heavy even when filled. Cups will get dropped during the learning process so a good quality non-shattering cup is ideal; avoid gadgets, gizmos, seals and valves that not only add to environmental waste but can often mean a cup is really a bottle in disguise and holding, sipping and/or pick up/put down isn’t truly being learned. Make it attractive so little ones want to use it, translucent so they can see inside (for eye-brain messaging to aid the learning process), choose BPA-free, choose a make you can trust and is recommended by health professionals, and check for the recyclability. Mixed materials can be harder to recycle so check for that also. Babycup Sippeco First Cups meet all of these recommended criteria and qualities and are made from polypropylene and are biodegradable* and fully recyclable cups.

baby learning to sip from cup

3. Reuse

When your little one is done with their first cups check the condition of the cups. If they’re still in useable condition you could find another little one who could make use of them.
Another benefit of buying great quality is the longevity of usage. As much as we’d love another pack of Babycup Sippeco First Cups to be bought, we’d love it even more if you would pass on your little cups to a new little person. Babycup First Cups mini open cups are super easy to clean so you can regift them without any worries of mouldy bits or bacteria build-up lurking in the shadows.

4. Upcycle

If you don’t have someone else to pass them on to, or don’t want to part with these special cups that have been a cute part of weaning your baba, hang onto them and upcycle instead. Finding new uses is a great way of adding extra life to your purchase. Babycup Sippeco First Cups are brilliant mini measurers for baking and cooking. They’re also fab fun bath toys for little ones, or make cute tea sets for dollies. There are so many repurposing or upcycling possibilities.

5. Recycle or Biodegrade*

If you decide you'd like to recycle your Babycup First Cups rest assured they have a new life ahead of them and the material will be used to make another item. Check your local recycling facility and send them on their way. No. 5 / PP / Polypropylene is the recycling option you need to look for. If your local facility does not take PP that’s no problem as you can send them back to us and we’ll arrange the recycling for you! See below for details. Another option is to make use of our baby cups' ability to biodegrade* in landfill conditions - just pop them in with your general waste.

biodegradable baby cups

Our cups are biodegradable*

Our Sippeco® technology means through enhanced biodegradation* Babycup Sippeco® First Cups can decompose when in landfill but will not biodegrade in regular conditions such as a kitchen cupboard.

In landfill, our special organic additive works to speed up the process of naturally occurring biodegradation and the cups are consumed by microorganisms and converted back into biomass, elements, water and biogases! Cool, huh!

Our Sippeco® badge on our packaging means you can be assured these Babycup First Cups are made with EcoPure®, an organic additive independently tested per standard ASTMD5511 to show 40.2% biodegradation over 385 days of testing compared to untreated PP (polypropylene) which showed 3.2% biodegradation under the same testing. (Results shall not be extrapolated past the actual duration of the test). This assurance can give you peace of mind that these cups are naturally decomposable in landfill. Unlike some biodegradable items, our cups can still be recycled. Their ability to biodegrade* does not interfere with recycling systems. Giving you flexibility to choose - reuse, repurpose, pass on, recycle or biodegrade*.

* Polypropylene materials with EcoPure have been independently tested per standard ASTMD5511 to show 40.2% biodegradation over 385 days of testing compared to untreated PP (polypropylene) which showed 3.2% biodegradation under the same testing. (Results shall not be extrapolated past the actual duration of the test and end-of-life environmental conditions may be different than those in the test).

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Babycup Sippeco First Cups Recycling Scheme

Eco Friendly

Reusable Cups, Recyclable Cups

We know many of our customers do everything in their power to do their best for their family and for the environment and for many this has long included being mindful of waste and being sure to recycle.

We’re very proud that Babycup First Cups are reusable cups and have always been recyclable. We know though that recycling facilities vary from area to area, country to country.

That’s why we launched our own recycling scheme to help our customers recycle used Babycup First Cups and support them in their desire to protect the planet for their precious babes and generations to come.

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If you would like to recycle your Babycup Sippeco First Cups and your local facility does not take PP (5/Polypropylene), you can send your cups back to us and we’ll arrange to recycle them for you!

Please wash, dry, and post them back to us.

Please email us at with the with the subject line ‘Recycle my BFCs’ and we’ll reply with the address to send to.

You can also choose to biodegrade* your cups by popping them in your general waste.

With thanks and love,

from Sara
Chief Sipper and Babycup Founder