Kotkamills to take part in Packaging Innovations exhibition and Ecopack Challenge in Birmingham, UK from 26-27 February

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Kotkamills to take part in Packaging Innovations exhibition and Ecopack Challenge in Birmingham, UK from 26-27 February

February 20, 2020 - 08:23

KOTKA, Finland, Feb. 20, 2020 (Press Release) -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.

Kotkamills 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 Kotkamills’ 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.