Greiner Packaging brings new cardboard spoon to market

Smart, convenient, and 100% recyclable: The new fold-out spoon from Greiner Packaging and Cardbox Packaging is suitable for any type of dairy product or dessert. Inserted in an r-PET lid, the spoon provides a sustainable packaging solution.

The use of disposable plastic cutlery will be banned in the European Union from mid-2021 – but an alternative is being brought to market in the form of the new fold-out cardboard spoon developed by Greiner Packaging and Cardbox Packaging. Designed for enjoying dairy and snack products away from home, the spoon is right on track with both convenience and sustainability trends.

Folded just once, the sturdy cardboard spoon has a length of 10 cm, which gives it the perfect shape and size to conveniently consume dairy products, desserts, fruit, or various types of salad on the go, says Greiner Packaging. Thanks to its smart folding style and the innovative shape that resembles a bank card, the spoon is easy to use on the spot. The cardboard spoon is made from virgin fibers and is therefore approved for contact with food, while a water-based coating on the cardboard ensures the spoon can be safely used while eating. The spoon can also be branded: custom printing is available starting at a minimum order quantity. This process naturally uses special food-safe inks and coatings that meet the highest standard for food products.

Once used, the folding cardboard spoon can be simply disposed of with other wastepaper. A water-based coating selected for the spoon makes it ideal for recycling in the standard paper recycling stream, the company says. Combining it with a top cup made of r-PET and polypropylene (PP) sealing film that can be fully removed from the lid results in a sustainable packaging solution with an excellent recycling profile: to access the spoon, the PP film is automatically separated from the lid. This ensures that the individual packaging components are 100% recyclable when correctly disposed of.

The new cardboard spoon meets Greiner Packaging’s requirements for sustainability perfectly, the company says. The plastics experts are committed to the concept of a circular economy that aims to use plastic as sparingly as possible. When the cardboard spoon – which is made of renewable resources itself – needs to be disposed of, it is simply recycled in the paper loop.

“We are delighted that more and more partners and customers want to work on sustainable packaging solutions with us. Developing recyclable packaging solutions not only makes sense for the environment but also offers commercial advantages. We are proud to play our part in advancing a circular economy with developments such as the cardboard spoon,” says Konrad Wasserbauer, circular economy director at Greiner Packaging.

The cardboard packaging experts at Cardbox Packaging are also proud of the partners’ product innovation: “We were able to pool our expertise as we worked to develop the cardboard spoon, achieving a result that meets consumers’ expectations as well as doing something positive for our environment,” said Florian Scharl, managing director at Cardbox Packaging.

An automated process places the cutlery made of cardboard sourced from virgin fibers hygienically packaged in the lids, which are mainly made from r-PET. As such, Greiner Packaging states that the cutlery can be perfectly tailored to the needs of the project and the customers, although the cutlery is also available separately.

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One response to “Greiner Packaging brings new cardboard spoon to market”

  1. Ben Korey says:

    Custom boxes are trending in the market because every brand is moving towards these boxes. Cardboard Boxesare best for secure and durable packaging of products. Brands should try to make their name in the market. Thanks

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