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Cup Noodles Gets Greener

Even the biggest foodies among us have consumed our fair share of instant Ramen — I did go to college, after all. But I always steered clear of Cup Noodles, the Ramen you cook by adding hot water to a styrofoam cup, which you then throw away. It just seems wasteful, and the fact that the cup is made of styrofoam makes it even worse!

Fortunately, it seems the Cup Noodles folks are moving into the 21st century: Treehugger reports that Cup Noodles is now selling reusable cups for its to-go Ramen soups in Japan. The "Cup Noodle Refill Starter Pack" includes a container called "My Noodle Cup," with a cup liner that Ramen fans can customize with their own designs, as well as soup refills.

I applaud the effort, but I can't help but wonder why you wouldn't just buy the regular Ramen noodles and make them in a bowl or mug. I guess because you're on the go, or too lazy to wash a dish, which makes me think that those folks will still opt for the styrofoam cup version. What do you guys think?


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5n4k3 5n4k3 9 years
i think it's good that they are trying to make their products more eco-friendly, but what do the "soup refills" come in? most likely plastic, right?
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that it's a good step in the right direction. it's hard to think that there's so much unneccessary waste - especially with budget items - at least they are making the effort. good for them
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years if we can make them healthy maybe I can eat them!!!!
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 9 years
Cup noodles are gross but I still enjoy the occasional Ramen. But now they have a healthier version of Ramen that is just awful.
redegg redegg 9 years
I am a foodie that loves an occasional cup of noodles. I get my salt for the week. This is great news!
afternoontea1 afternoontea1 9 years
I love those noodles, but I highly doubt people will actually go green totally.
mnp mnp 9 years
The imported Asian cup noodles are pretty good; lots of flavors and different types of noodles. Hmm...but I doubt any of the Chinese/Japanese imported noodle companies are going to go green anytime soon. Oh well...
a-geek a-geek 9 years
I miss styrofoam. The ban in San Francisco means takeout is cold, soggy, and leaky. :(
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
emalove emalove 9 years
Cup of Noodles is gross! Reminds me of college.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
Never had Cup Noodles and I can't eat Ramen anymore. I think I overdid my sophomore year of college.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Ewwww haha! I think these are so gross!
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