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Nissin's Iconic Cup Noodles to Go Microwaveable with Sustainable Paper Packaging

Last week, Nissin announced a transformative update to its iconic Cup Noodles, set to roll out in early 2024.


The traditional polystyrene container will be replaced with eco-friendly paper packaging, making Cup Noodles microwaveable for the first time.



This news, however, has caused some unexpected chaos, as it turns out many people have been microwaving Cup Noodles all along, despite the packaging label clearly stating,


"Do not microwave."


The confusion might be attributed to the diversity of instant noodle brands and containers available. While some are explicitly marked as microwavable, others like Cup Noodles were not intended for microwave use.


Polystyrene, the material used in the original Cup Noodles packaging, is commonly used for its lightweight and insulating properties, but when heated, it can release potentially harmful substances like styrene, which is known to have health implications.

Although there is no immediate cause for concern if you've microwaved Cup Noodles in the past, it's better to avoid this practice due to potential long-term health effects.



Microwaving polystyrene can also compromise the structural integrity of the container, posing burn risks if it cracks.


In a recent study, a third of childhood burns were attributed to instant noodles, often due to accidents during microwave use or while eating, primarily because of the containers' narrow bases.


The new microwaveable Cup Noodles packaging aligns with Nissin's environmental commitment, featuring 40 percent recycled fiber, eliminating plastic wraps, and incorporating a 100 percent recycled paper sleeve.


Polystyrene's limited recyclability has led to its ban by several local governments.


Moreover, the updated design offers the convenience of a 45-second reduction in heating time, as it no longer requires boiling water.


Nissin's transformation of Cup Noodles combines sustainability and improved user experience, making it a welcome change for both consumers and the environment.

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