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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.

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. 



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%.”

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.

Huhtamaki acquires the majority of CupPrint in Ireland

Huhtamaki acquires the majority of CupPrint in Ireland

Huhtamaki has acquired the majority of Cup Print Unlimited Company, a privately-owned paper cup manufacturer based in the Republic of Ireland. With the acquisition Huhtamaki improves its access to the growing market of short run custom-printed cups and boosts its on-line commercial activity. The short run capability also allows Huhtamaki to even better support its current customers' promotional activities. 

Cup Print calls for coffee cup action despite ‘latte levy’ in-action

Cup Print calls for coffee cup action despite ‘latte levy’ in-action

While the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has appeared to rule out a ‘latte levy’ for the time being, Terry Fox, chief executive of Cup Print, said the government is expecting operators to embrace the opportunity to change by switching to sustainable cup options.

He also pointed out that the government’s response to EAC Report on paper cups specifically referenced a recyclable cup. It read: “We understand that a cup is being designed with a minimal plastic content, which could be reprocessed through a regular paper mill.”

An industry insider confirmed to Packaging News this was reference to California-based Smart Planet Technology’s reCUP – which is used by Cup Print.