United Airlines has begun using recyclable coffee cups from Linstol featuring Smart Planet Technologies’ EarthCoating.
Linstol’s ‘Super Cup’ is made with EarthCoating, a mineral-enriched resin that uses up to 51% less plastic and can be pulped back into recycled paper products.
Linstol said the design for the Super Cup means there is little difference in weight between a standard double-wall hot cup, meaning it should be a cost neutral-decision for airlines.
It can also nest 40% more cups per stack, enabling easy pre- and post-use storage and collection.
Mark Russell, chief executive of Linstol, said: “The Super Cup is designed to be valuable and easy for recyclers around the world to integrate into their paper recovery and recycling processes. We consider environmental innovation an integral part of Linstol’s core values.”
Looking ahead, Linstol anticipates launching a single wall cup for cold beverages made with EarthCoating as a viable replacement for 100% plastic cups, along with a variety of other packaging, which could be optimized for environmental and economic benefits using EarthCoating.