A Swedish firm claims to have solved one of the biggest dilemmas facing coffee shop operators – how to create recyclable cup lids that don’t leak.
Every year, more than 300 billion plastic lids – the equivalent of 1.5 billion kilograms of plastic – are used on coffee and beverage cups.
UniCup Scandinavia AB has now created an entirely new bio-based lid made of spruce and pine. The ‘Liplid’ is placed inside, rather than on, the cup, and improves the stability and drinking experience of on-the-go beverages.
Founders Lars Bendix and Håkan Löfholm insist their creation is environmentally friendly and doesn’t leak and spill like plastic lids can do.
“We have developed an environmentally-friendly lid that sits inside the cup,” they said. “This improves the cup’s stability and the overall drinking experience. You drink from the rim of the cup instead of the lid, so you don’t burn yourself and it doesn’t taste like plastic or paper. The coffee tastes just like it does in your coffee cup at home.”
The lid is eco-friendly, 100% recyclable and provides excellent functionality. It is made from bio-based fibre material from Swedish raw materials: spruce and pine.
Manufactured through a globally unique Dry Molded Fiber process, the lid is also extremely stable and sustainable. Due to the lid’s design, 25% less material is required for production.
“We are already seeing that there’s a large market for Liplid. We are in contact with major chains that are very interested in purchasing the lid,” says Jesper Berthold, CEO of UniCup Scandinavia AB, Liplid’s producer.