Sustainable replacements for plastic cutlery for packaging in advance of EU ban
EcoTensil, the global pioneer in sustainable paperboard utensils, announces the European launch of its plastic-free single-use cutlery for food packaging. The popular range of folding multi-functional paper utensils was 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 distributors, 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 in the forefront of sustainability both large and small through North America, UK, EU, Australia and New Zealand, including global leaders Emmi, Costco, and General Mills.
The award-winning multi-functional 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 EcoTensil team has designed its current product line specifically for single-serve packaging, food- service and sampling applications. Drawing on its decades of packaging expertise, EcoTensil supplies its utensils formatted ready to be easily fitted into customers’ existing packaging, or customised as needed.
All EcoTensil products are made from materials from well-managed FSC®-certified forests* and use 50-80% less material than plastic, bio-plastic or wood cutlery. “Using less resources is the best way to reduce waste going to landfill,” says 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,” adds Cross, “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!”
Cross 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, Cross 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 (49mm folded length, 89mm 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, 82mm utensil and a 95mm size, both of which may be ordered hygienically wrapped: loose or connected in bandolier format. The 95mm also can be ordered folded to a 48mm 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 our
respected distributors such as Celebration and Plastico in the UK. Customization is available for higher volumes by contacting EcoTensil directly. EcoTensil has numerous patents both in the US and internationally, EcoTensil products will always be marked with: firstname.lastname@example.org and the trademarked “Bend to touch dots™” accompanied by the trademarked pair of dots.
- EcoTensil products are made of material from well-managed FSC®-certified forests and other controlled sources