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EcoTensil and Trendy Top announce cooperation for plastic free paperboard spoon in top cup

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EcoTensil and Trendy Top sp zoo have teamed up to deliver a new integrated private label top cup solution which includes a Single Use Plastic Directive (SUPD) compliant, durable and smooth paperboard spoon to replace the plastic spoon in the top cup.

EcoTensil’s compostable paperboard spoon fits neatly inside a compartment in Trendy Top’s top cups for a turnkey solution for food manufacturers targeting the popular single serve on the go market. Trendy Top’s top cups are designed with a compartment for the utensil which allows eating the single serve product away from home. The spoon is hygienically sealed with a peel away label. Trendy Top’s co-packing service offers customised inclusions such as cereal mixes, muesli or granola, chocolate dragees, or cookies, while the spoon stays separate and clean.

The sturdy paper spoon is made from PEFC certified paperboard and has the Flustix plastic free trustmark certification – audited by the Din Certco Institute in Germany. The utensils are also compostable, recyclable, and use less material overall compared to wood or plastic.

‘One of the key advantages of this solution is that it complies with the 2021 EU Single Use Plastics Directive for plastic utensils on food packaging, while at the same time our best in class ‘multi-tensils’ deliver superior sensory experience and durability for the consumer,’ said EcoTensil founder and CEO Peggy Cross. ‘Trendy Top is a great fit with us because we are both specialised yet agile companies that have achieved the highest levels compliance for our businesses.’

‘We have chosen to work with the AquaDot spoon for our top cup due to its plastic free Flustix Trustmark by Din Certco. The company’s long history of making paper utensils, and the pleasing consumer experience based on our testing,’ said CEO Krzysztof Bojdol. ‘Trendy Top has always selected best in class components for its foods and packaging materials. There are plastic free claims being made in the market which cannot be verified. EcoTensil can back up its plastic free claims with the Flustix Trustmark from Germany.’

The paperboard used to make EcoTensil AquaDot utensils is similar to the material used to make coffee cups, but without any plastic. With one simple ‘bend to touch dots’ fold, the compact, EcoTensil becomes a sturdy scoop for single serve cups of yoghurt, oats, cereal, quinoa, desserts, and so much more. Like all the company’s cutlery, the certified plastic free AquaDot line offers a pleasing sensory experience that complements the food. In fact, EcoTensil has been third party verified as being on par with plastic in terms of smooth texture and it does not detract from the flavour experience of food or leave a negative aftertaste, as can some wooden utensils.

‘We have spent the last 12 years perfecting the silky mouth feel, smooth edges, structural strength and overall pleasing nature of all our utensils,’ said Peggy Cross. ‘Our customers love them – they have worked hard to perfect the flavours and textures of their foods, but the texture of wooden utensils can negatively impact the taste experience of their lovely products. EcoTensil offers a terrific, smooth alternative. We are over the moon to be partnering with Trendy Top who share our commitment to integrity, flexibility, and excellent customer service.’


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