KLIX Eco Cup™ A Vending ‘First’: Lavazza Professional’s New Cup Can Be Recycled As Waste Paper

The new KLIX Eco Cup™ is a leap forward in the mission to reduce both plastic waste and the number of cups sent to landfill. Lavazza Professional has achieved a breakthrough in in-cup vending by introducing a cup that is both biodegradable and recyclable with normal paper waste.

KLIX Eco Cup™A truly sustainable vending solution for the workplace, the new KLIX Eco Cup™ will be available in KLIX® vending machines from February 2020, serving a wide range of popular hot drinks brands, with many more to come throughout the year.

Ashley Weller, UK Market Director Lavazza Professional UK, explained “Calls for a reduction in single-use plastic for food and drink containers increased our determination to offer our customers and consumers a revolutionary solution to meet their needs. KLIX Eco Cup™ marks another step forward in our mission to deliver the most sustainable drinks vending solutions in the world.”

The House of Commons – Environmental Audit Committee stated that in the UK, 2.5 billion coffee cups are used and thrown away each year, but less than 1 in 400 – just 0.25% – are recycled. Not surprisingly, an enormous number of cups – around 500,000 – are littered every day.

 KLIX Eco Cup™

Most consumers are unaware that standard paper cups are difficult to recycle and are usually sent to landfill due to a Polyethylene (PE) lining that very few recycling facilities across Europe can process. The new KLIX Eco Cup™ is unique due to a special patented water-based dispersion barrier board by Kotkamills that enables the cups to be recycled with normal paper waste.*

Designed for businesses who are looking for an alternative to plastic cups, the KLIX Eco Cup™ is manufactured using paper sourced from sustainably managed forests, accredited by PEFC™ and can be recycled into paper waste up to seven times, guaranteeing low environmental impact.

Indeed, a Life Cycle Assessment run by the external consultancy WSP states that using the new KLIX Eco Cup™ ‘reduces environmental impact by almost 2/3 compared to a standard paper cup’.**

 KLIX Eco Cup™
“Our mission is to deliver the most sustainable drinks vending solutions in the world.” Ashley Weller

“One of the greatest challenges was developing a cup that meets our high expectations for quality and recyclability whilst ensuring consumers enjoy a great taste experience,” Ashley said.

Lavazza Professional’s range of KLIX® machines lead the workplace drinks market with sustainability features such as low energy and standby modes, efficient boiler systems, heating just enough water at precisely the right temperature and all manufactured in our own ISO 14001-certified UK factory. Completely dedicated to the workplace, and now with the new KLIX Eco Cup™, Lavazza Professional offers a truly sustainable, hassle-free vending system.

‘We have always been passionate about making a positive difference that goes far beyond our own business and supports our customers on their own individual sustainability journeys.’  Ashley said. ‘We are therefore pioneering a breakthrough sustainable solution in the vending world together with our valuable partners Kotkamills and Benders Paper Cups. Our commitment is clear but we hope that other businesses will also increasingly play an active role, because strength is in numbers. We encourage the big players in the market to explore similar solutions in order to boost the rate of recycling for this type of cup”.

The new KLIX Eco Cup™ will be available from February 2020 in the KLIX® Momentum and Outlook machines starting with the most popular drinks, with a progressive roll out plan across 2020 which will dramatically reduce our use of plastic by 2021.

*On paper waste disposal, local council rules may apply. Material tested for recyclability to EU PTS method RH: 021/97. Material recyclable with normal paper and cardboard waste. Waste can be processed and turned into pulp without specialist processing.

 KLIX Eco Cup™

**KLIX Eco Cup™ in a recycling scenario vs a standard paper cup most likely to end in a landfill (LCA data from WSP July 2019, project reference 70054350 and November 2019, project reference 70054350-DEL-004).


More Information on Lavazza Professional is HERE on Planet Vending

And finally…

PV’s Bluffer’s Guide To Lavazza Professional

  • Lavazza Professional the home of popular vending brands such as KLIX® and Flavia®.
  • Lavazza Professional has operations in Europe, North America and Japan, with offices based in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, North America and Japan and several production plants across all the geographies.

… and Lavazza Group

  • Established in 1895 in Turin, the Italian coffee company has been owned by the Lavazza family for four generations.
  • Among the world’s most important roasters, the Group currently operates in more than 140 countries through subsidiaries and distributors, with 64% of revenues coming from markets outside of Italy.
  • Lavazza employs a total of over 4,000 people with a turnover of €1.87 billion in 2018.
  • Lavazza is one of the world’s 100 most reputable brands according to the Reputation Institute
  • The company is the ninth business globally for Corporate Responsibility, in the 2019 Global CR RepTrak ranking, taking the top spot in the Food & Beverage sector, and the Italian business community.
  • Lavazza created the concept of blending — or in other words the art of combining different types of coffee from different geographic areas — and this continues to be a distinctive feature of most of its products.
  • The company has 30 years’ experience in the production and sale of portioned coffee systems and products.
  • Lavazza was the first Italian business to offer capsule espresso systems.

… and while we’re at it

  • Kotkamills, located in Finland, manufactures innovative products created from wood, a renewable natural resource.
  • Their range of sustainable products includes food safe consumer boards, the high-quality saturating base kraft paper Absorbex®, and ecological wood products.
  • The fully recyclable AEGLE® and ISLA® boards, produced since 2016, were complemented in 2018 with water-based dispersion barriers replacing plastics used in packaging and food service applications.
  • All Kotkamills products are environmentally friendly, recyclable and safe to use.

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