Lavazza Professional has revealed a new recyclable and biodegradable product, KLIX Eco Cup – manufactured using paper sourced from sustainably managed forests.

The product, created in partnership with manufacturer Kotkamills, will be available in KLIX vending machines from February 2020, serving a wide range of hot drinks brands, with more to come throughout the year.

A Life Cycle Assessment run by the external consultancy WSP reportedly states that using the cup reduces environmental impacts by almost 2/3 compared to a standard paper cup.

According to the Kotkamills, 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, the company says, due to a special patented water-based dispersion barrier board that enables the cups to be recycled with normal paper waste, just like office paper.

Ashley Weller, General Manager Lavazza Professional UK, explained: “Calls for a reduction in single-use plastic for food and drink containers increased our commitment to offering 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.”

Commenting on the collaboration, Kotkamills CEO Markku Hämäläinen said: “We are pleased about the collaboration with Lavazza Professional. The company is a frontrunner in bringing eco-friendly solutions to the beverage vending sector, and they are ambitiously striving to implement a model of sustainability that responds to the challenge of reducing plastic in the next couple of years. This kind of collaboration partner is ideal for us.”