EcoTensil and Global-C launch an all-in-one, plastic-free, leak-proof paperboard box with integrated cutlery for foodservice in Europe; the multi-cutlery folds neatly into the box, and a simple ‘bend-to-touch-the-dots’ fold creates a sturdy spoon

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July 1, 2022 (press release) –

California-based company EcoTensil® has launched its revolutionary, durable cardboard cutlery built into an EcoFoodBox for simplified plastic-free catering in Europe.

EcoTensil has partnered with maker of the award-winning NeverLeak™ food box, Global-C - already a leader in the travel industry - to combine the convenience and sustainability of the box with an integrated patented, award-winning EcoTensil cardboard cutlery. The combination of these two well-established products offers hospitality companies the opportunity to significantly reduce space requirements, working hours and costs. As a result, they no longer have to manage hygiene utensils and food boxes separately.

In June, EcoTensil and Global-C were jointly awarded the Onboard Hospitality Award 2022 "Ones to Watch" at the World Travel Catering Expo (WTCE) in Hamburg.

The multi-cutlery folds neatly back into the box so that it is sandwiched between the flap in the lid, thereby separating it from both the food and the outside environment to remain clean and hygienic. A simple "Bend to touch dots™" fold creates a sturdy spoon with a silky texture that is ideal for food and is more comfortable than dry wood, which can affect food flavor and enjoyment.

"One of the key benefits of this food box is the dramatic material savings from manufacturing the utensil from the extra material surrounding the die-cut box. No packaging is needed as the utensil stays clean under the flap," says Peggy Cross, founder and CEO of EcoTensil . "The superior moisture-barrier paperboard used for the NeverLeak food box meets the same certified sustainability requirements as the EcoTensil products themselves."

Ideal for travel, take away and grocery retail

The box is made leak-proof with NeverLeak technology and features Global-C's patented EasyClick closure. With the practical EcoTensil cutlery, the meal or snack becomes a real to-go product - and when the consumer wants to eat it, the EcoTensil cutlery is already there: integrated directly into the box," says Wayne Costigan, Director at Global-C.

"This product is a perfect solution for airlines and transit transport as it can go from the freezer to the oven and to the passenger with minimal effort and use of materials. It also eliminates the need to have wrapped cutlery on hand, saving both handling and product costs. Amazingly, EcoTensil cutlery can be used for just about any food that doesn't need to be cut with a knife."

In addition to in-flight catering and the travel sector, the integrated EcoFoodBox is ideal for takeaways and for the deli and take-away departments of grocery stores and supermarkets.

EcoFoodBox: Leak-proof and temperature-resistant

The plastic-free, compostable and recyclable EcoFoodBox containers are leak-proof and suitable for all types of hot and cold meals. Remarkably, the versatile containers and accompanying utensil can be frozen down to -40˚C and safely heated in the oven to 220˚C. The EcoFoodBox is available with or without a compostable film window.

“Consumers are increasingly concerned about the health of our planet and expect foodservice packaging to be as sustainable as possible,” says Peggy Cross. "The box, the cutlery and the food can be composted, or - without food - everything can be recycled.

Cross adds: "Because EcoTensil cutlery is made from the same cardboard as the box, very little additional material is used in the manufacture and - like in shipping - no additional energy is used. Additionally, the pandemic has meant that people "Challenging food safety. The EcoFoodBox with our plastic-free cutlery offers a hygienic and safe way to eat on the go".

Trustmark certification "plastic free" from Flustix

"The cardboard used for the EcoFoodBox is the most environmentally friendly available today," says Peggy Cross. "On the one hand, it bears the Flustix seal of quality, which guarantees that a product is actually plastic-free and meets all the test criteria of the EU directive on the use of plastics for single use (SUPD: Single Use Plastics Directive). And our cardboard has further certifications, e.g. for recyclability, PFAS-free and sustainable forest management. Our goal is to offer the most environmentally friendly utensils that meet all EU sustainability standards while offering an extremely pleasant taste experience. This benefits our customers and their customers - and above all the environment."

 

About EcoTensil

EcoTensil reinvented the single-use cutlery - to help companies achieve zero-waste goals. With just one fold, pleasantly smooth FSC ® cardboard utensils are transformed into sustainable, efficient and brand-related utensils. The EcoTensil team is passionate about developing practical and appealing solutions to meet the growing demand for convenience in on-the-go consumption - while reducing the amount of costly waste that pollutes our environment.

EcoTensil holds numerous patents in the US and internationally. EcoTensil products are always marked with: patents@ecotensil.com and the trademarked "Bend to touch dots™" plus the trademarked pair of dots.

More about EcoTensil: https://www.ecotensil.eu/

 

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