Green Cinema Revisited: Tips to becoming a more environmentally-responsible exhibitor

Green Cinema Revisited: Tips to becoming a more environmentally-responsible exhibitor

Given the almost-nightly media reporting on plastic-pollution levels, sustainability crises and all manner of imminent global environmental horrors, as a starting point, Screentrade asks: “Just how ‘green’ is your cinema operation?”.

We examine Cinema’s contribution to the plastic problem; what is being done about it; also what you, as a theatrical organisation, as well as on an individual basis, can do to ameliorate the situation.

Australian ‘recyclable’ cup giant looks to expand in speciality coffee market

Australian ‘recyclable’ cup giant looks to expand in speciality coffee market

“The smart planet technology cups feature coating with calcium carbonate in the formulation, meaning that its quite dense and behaves differently in the pulping process.

“It also uses 40% less plastic than standard plastic-lined cups, reducing plastic content to approximately 3% – so paper mills can use their standard equipment to recycle the cups.”

When Linstol Took a Super Step to Reduce Plastic Waste

In 2017, Linstol introduced its customizable Super Cup to the market to reduce the environmental impact of catering resources in aviation. Air Calin and United Airlines are already using the product on board, with Linstol hoping many more will follow.

Sky Ocean Rescue commends Canary Wharf Group’s sustainability drive

Sky Ocean Rescue commends Canary Wharf Group’s sustainability drive

Martin Gettings, group head of sustainability at Canary Wharf Group, announced that 4.2m coffee cups have been recycled at the estate (much of each through using Smart Planet Technology’s reCUP), and cut the use of 1.2m straws. “This is not an initiative, this has to be business as usual,” he said.

Smart Planet Technologies' Todd Gasparik on CBS 8 San Diego News Pitching reCUP®

Smart Planet Technologies' Todd Gasparik on CBS 8 San Diego News Pitching reCUP®

Todd Gasparik -  Vice President of Business Development for Smart Planet Technologies, who has invented revolutionary recyclable cups and other packaging products designed to prevent 50 billion cups from filling up landfills. 



EarthCoating® comes up aces, as recyclable paper cup awarded with highest level, “Triple A” certification for recyclability from The Green Dot

London, England — An unparalled achievement in sustainability has been reached as UK’s reCUP recyclable paper cup with EarthCoating, has been awarded the highest possible, “Category AAA Recyclable” certification per The Green Dot (Der Grune Punkt) recycling standards. In addition, the paper cups are classified for recycling compatibility and collection streams alongside premium uncoated paper grades such as office paper. The Green Dot recognizes standards for recyclability claims in 31 countries including the UK and Ireland. 

Given the UK’s coffee cup recycling debate and interest in reducing plastic content in packaging, it is a remarkable achievement for a paper cup technology to not only achieve the highest rating available for recyclability qualifying for a collection category alongside office paper, but also reducing plastic content in paper cups by 40%. 

The reCUP utilizes EarthCoating, a paperboard packaging coating producing paper cups that look the same and work just as well as any conventional paper cups. The difference is that EarthCoating is designed to be universally compatible with conventional paper cup recycling systems, avoiding the challenges that have been found in recycling of paper cups and other coated foodservice paperboard packaging. 

With less plastic and easier repulping, paper cups with EarthCoating can also improve paper cup processing and efficiency in the UK’s efforts in specialist paper cup recycling schemes of conventional paper cups, currently at a 4% recycling rate. 

The double-wall reCUP receiving certification contains these distinctive highlights: 

* 95% fiber recovery * Highest classification for recyclability alongside premium uncoated paper such as office paper * 40% less plastic content than conventional paper cups 

“EarthCoating continues to enable a new direction in the recycling of paperboard foodservice packaging” says Chris Tilton, Chief Materials Technology Officer at Smart Planet. “Paperboard packaging with EarthCoating is engineered for recycling and valuable to recyclers to collect and recycle, while maintaining the required levels of packaging performance. The certification demonstrates the ability to take immediate steps to solve the problem, using any and all of the UK recycling infrastructure and programs.” 

This certification for paper cups with EarthCoating is compliant with the Packaging Recovery Organization Europe “PRO” program per EU Directive 94/62. 

The Triple-A Green Dot Certificate is available in the EarthCoating Repulping Report at http://www.smartplanettech.com 

Paper cups with EarthCoating are widely available for sale in the UK and Ireland. For a list of manufacturers and distributors of paper cups with EarthCoating, please visit Smart Planet Technologies or reCUP.earth.

Smart Planet Technologies’ reCUP® achieves AAA rating

As seen in Packaging News Magazine:

https://www.packagingnews.co.uk/news/markets/coffee-and-paper-cups/smart-planet-technologys-recup-achieves-aaa-rating-04-02-2019

Smart Planet Technologies’ reCUP® has achieved AAA rating for recyclability from The Green Dot (Der Grune Punkt) scheme.

Last year the company’s EarthCoating technology was certified with Green Dot A rating recyclability certification.

Now the technology has achieved category AAA Recyclable certification from the Green Dot (Der Grune Punkt) recycling standard – in what it describes as ‘an unparalleled achievement’ in sustainability.

The Green Dot recognises standards for recyclability claims in 31 countries including the UK and Ireland.

This certification for paper cups with EarthCoating is compliant with the Packaging Recovery Organisation Europe “PRO” program per EU Directive 94/62.

In addition, the paper cups are classified for recycling compatibility and collection streams alongside premium uncoated paper grades such as office paper.

“EarthCoating continues to enable a new direction in the recycling of paperboard foodservice packaging” added Chris Tilton, chief materials technology officer at Smart Planet Technologies. “Paperboard packaging with EarthCoating is engineered for recycling and valuable to recyclers to collect and recycle, while maintaining the required levels of packaging performance. The certification demonstrates the ability to take immediate steps to solve the problem, using any and all of the UK recycling infrastructure and programs.”

Will Lorenzi, president, Smart Planet Technologies, added: “Given the UK’s coffee cup recycling debate and interest in reducing plastic content in packaging, it is a remarkable achievement for a paper cup technology to not only achieve the highest rating available for recyclability qualifying for a collection category alongside office paper, but also reducing plastic content in paper cups by 40%.”

Muscle Maker Grill and Pie-Not adopt universally recyclable paperboard foodservice packaging

Muscle Maker Grill and Pie-Not adopt universally recyclable paperboard foodservice packaging

As global demand for increased recycling rates and plastic reduction in single use packaging continues to grow, US-based restaurants and coffeehouses are doing their part for the environment by adopting the reCUP® recyclable paper cup and other recyclable paperboard foodservice products, made with EarthCoating® barrier coating. The most recent are Muscle Maker Grill with 40 locations, and Pie-Not with two locations.

Shredall partners with Detpak's RecycleMe system to collect, sort and recycle coffee cups across the UK

Shredall partners with Detpak's RecycleMe system to collect, sort and recycle coffee cups across the UK

This ground-breaking recycling collection system closes the loop for the industry and guarantees collected paper cups will be counted and recycled into high quality paper products.

The revolutionary takeaway coffee cups feature an innovative next generation lining that can be easily removed from the cup to ensure recyclability in standard pulping processes.