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Convenience on the go – now even more eco-friendly: Greiner Packaging brings new cardboard spoon to market

A spoon included in packaging for convenience products is nothing particularly  groundbreaking. But Greiner Packaging and its joint venture partner Cardbox Packaging are now  taking this idea to the next level in keeping with the principles of a circular economy. The result  is a 100 percent recyclable cardboard spoon.  
Kremsmünster, Austria, January 2021. The use of disposable plastic cutlery will be banned in the  European Union from mid-2021 – but a perfect 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 the  convenience and sustainability trends: Consumers want food solutions that are easy to prepare and can  also be enjoyed on the go – and they also want the food’s packaging and cutlery to be as user and eco 

friendly as possible. Cutlery made of renewable resources such as cardboard, which is 100 percent  recyclable in the paper recycling loop, taps into these exact trends.  
Smart and sturdy cardboard design  

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.  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. But customers can still have branding and a great look with this spoon, too. Custom printing is  always 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.  
The completely recyclable alternative 

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.  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 percent recyclable when correctly disposed of.  

A key contribution toward a circular economy  
The new cardboard spoon meets Greiner Packaging’s requirements for sustainability perfectly. 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,” Florian Scharl, managing director  at Cardbox Packaging, is pleased to note. 

Everything from a single source  
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, the cutlery can be perfectly tailored  to the needs of the project and the customers, although naturally, the cutlery is also available separately. 
Packaging facts:  
 Decoration: White or direct printed  
 Material: Cardboard made from virgin fibers 

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