Kotkamills, the Finnish manufacturer of fully recyclable and polyethylene free barrier boards for food service packaging, signed its first significant collaboration agreements in Britain early this year.
Lavazza Professional, global leader in drinks vending for the workplace, is introducing a breakthrough for the in-cup world: the new KLIX Eco Cup™ made from a biodegradable paperboard that makes the new cup recyclable with normal paper waste, a first in vending! The British company Benders manufactures the cups from Kotkamills’ board.
“Our products can be recycled along with normal paper and paperboard because they do not have the plastic inner coating found in conventional cups. This makes the cups easy to recycle without the need for a separate recycling system,” says
Kotkamills CEO Markku Hämäläinen.
Norwich City Football Club, which plays in the English Premier League, has announced that starting next season it is replacing single-use plastic cups with Kotkamills’ more eco-friendly materials.
“In Britain an active discussion on restrictions and legislative actions reducing the use of single-use plastics is ongoing, and there is wide interest in our products. It is great to have partners who are moving towards a more sustainable era by using recyclable fibre-based products instead of single-use plastics,” Hämäläinen notes.
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has noted that 2.5 billion coffee cups are used and thrown away every year in Great Britain, but less than 1 in 400 – just 0.25% – are recycled. Every day some 500,000 cups are discarded.
“The time for ecological rebuilding is now, and we are in the vanguard of it. Our customers share our goal of deeply rooting the eco-friendly way of thinking and substantially increasing recycling,” Hämäläinen notes.
Kotkamills will take part in the Packaging Innovations exhibition in Birmingham on 26-27 February, and in the Ecopack Challenge being held in conjunction with the event, as one of five finalists together with Lavazza Professional and Benders. The new collaboration will be showcased in more detail at the event on 26 February on the Ecopack stage.
Learn more about Kotkamills’ fully recyclable ISLA® and AEGLE® products at Packaging Birmingham on 26-27 February, stand G43.
More information about the event: https://www.packagingbirmingham.com
Markku Hämäläinen, CEO, Kotkamills Oy
tel. +358 40 721 0548
Kotkamills, located in Finland, is an experienced and responsible global partner, manufacturing innovative products created from wood, a renewable natural resource. Our range of sustainable products includes food safe consumer boards, the high-quality saturating base kraft paper Absorbex®, and ecological wood products. The fully recyclable AEGLE® and ISLA® boards, produced since 2016, were complemented in 2018 with water-based dispersion barriers replacing plastics used in packaging and food service applications. All our products are environmentally friendly, recyclable and safe to use. The versatile use of ISLA® Barrier Boards is expanding to a vending machine application in co-operation with Lavazza Professional
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