FINLAND (From news reports) -- Kotkamills, a manufacturer of fully recyclable barrier boards, has signed a significant collaboration agreement with Lavazza Professional.
As a result of the collaboration, Lavazza Professional is announcing today the new KLIX Eco Cup™, a special Kotkamills' eco-friendly cup made from ISLA® food service board, available from February in its KLIX® in-cup vending machines.
"We are pleased about the collaboration with Lavazza Professional. The company is a frontrunner in bringing eco-friendly solutions to the beverage vending sector, and they are ambitiously striving to implement a model of sustainability that responds to the challenge of reducing plastic in the next couple of years. This kind of collaboration partner is ideal for us," elates Kotkamills CEO Markku Hämäläinen.
The barrier property of the Kotkamills' food service board is based on a water-based dispersion coating, eliminating the need for a separate polyethylene (PE) coating. Therefore, the cups do not have to be processed at a recycling plant - instead, they are recyclable with normal paper waste, like office paper.
"We share a goal of deeply rooting the eco-friendly way of thinking and to substantially increase recycling," says Hämäläinen.
Last week Kotkamills announced collaboration with the Norwich City Football Club, which plays in the English Premier League. Teemu Pukki, a forward on the Finnish national team, plays for Norwich City FC, which announced that it will replace single-use plastic cups with the eco-friendlier alternatives starting next season.
"In Great Britain an active discussion on restrictions and legislative actions reducing the use of single-use plastics is ongoing. 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.