EcoTensil launches plastic free paperboard utensils across Europe
#EcoTensil, the global pioneer in sustainable paperboard utensils, has announced the European launch of its plastic free single use #cutlery for food #packaging. The popular range of folding multi-functional paper utensils has been developed to replace small plastic spoons and sporks found in pot lids, trays, and other grab and go packaging, with a more environmentally friendly option. The range is available to order now across Europe through EcoTensil.eu
Addressing the upcoming EU ban on single use plastics, California based EcoTensil brings its trusted sustainable paperboard solutions to Europe through its European based sales team, and its warehouse distribution centre in Rotterdam. Founded 10 years ago, EcoTensil has provided hundreds of millions of the smooth and sturdy alternatives to plastic cutlery to companies at the forefront of sustainability both large and small through North America, UK, EU, Australia and New Zealand, including brands such as Emmi, Costco, and General Mills.
The multifunctional EcoTensil utensils all have a much more pleasing ‘mouth feel’ than that of rough wooden spoons and forks. The sturdy EcoSpoon is formed with one simple ‘bend to touch dots’ fold, easy enough for a young child to do. The team has designed its current product line specifically for single serve packaging, foodservice and sampling applications. Drawing on its decades of packaging expertise, the company supplies its utensils formatted ready to be easily fitted into customers’ existing packaging, or customised as needed.
All products are made from materials from well managed FSC certified forests and use 50 to 80% less material than plastic, bio plastic or wood cutlery. ‘Using less resources is the best way to reduce waste going to landfill,’ said EcoTensil creator and CEO, Peggy Cross. The GreenDot line is made from a similar material to a coffee cup, but fully compostable, recyclable and contains no plastic. There is no taste, after taste, dissolving of the coating in one's mouth, or falling apart after a few bites.
‘The work Europe is doing to reduce single use plastic is very important,’ added Peggy. ‘EcoTensil is supporting companies in meeting their plastic reduction goals with our wonderfully simple folding paper spoons. We have spent the last decade perfecting the silky mouth feel, smooth edges, structural strength and overall pleasing nature of the utensils. Our customers and consumers love them – just look at our Facebook page!’
Peggy knows the importance of offering solutions to plastic that can work with existing packaging and existing equipment or that can reduce plastic in other packaging components overall. Drawing upon her extensive packaging design and marketing experience, she and her team can recommend ‘off the shelf’ EcoTensil utensils or develop custom solutions to achieve the best fit possible for your processes, your packaging and your consumers.
There is an EcoTensil utensil to fit just about any size package and application process. The pre-folded TabLock EcoSpoon4 (49 mm folded length, 89 mm unfolded) is locked shut and comes packed stacked in tidy rows for easy placement on the assembly line. This product is also currently available to order across Europe.
EcoTensil offers an unfolded, 82 mm utensil and a 95 mm size, both of which may be ordered hygienically flow wrapped or loose pack. The 95 mm also can be ordered folded to a 48 mm length and wrapped for small spaces.
EcoTensil has won multiple packaging and design awards over the years, and has received consistently positively reviews from chefs, retailers and consumers alike. It functions effectively as a spoon, spork and spreader for most foods that are scoopable or easy to cut, such as cake, desserts, yoghurts, deli salads, flans and quiches, hot or cold grain and legume dishes, porridge, soups, stews, gazpacho and everything in between. For gelato and other frozen desserts, EcoTensil offers the extra sturdy iScoop, designed specifically for ice cream type products.
Pricing and information for EcoTensil standard and semi-custom utensils may be found at EcoTensil.eu. Standard EcoTensil products may also be purchased through distributors such as Celebration and Plastico in the UK. Customisation is available for higher volumes by contacting EcoTensil directly.