EcoTensil launches plastic-free paperboard utensils in Europe

By Jim Cornall

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The new pre-folded TabLock EcoSpoon from EcoTensil can fit into existing spaces for plastic spoons in packaging. Pic: EcoTensil
The new pre-folded TabLock EcoSpoon from EcoTensil can fit into existing spaces for plastic spoons in packaging. Pic: EcoTensil

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EcoTensil, producer of sustainable paperboard utensils, has launched its plastic-free single-use cutlery for food packaging across Europe.

The range of folding multi-functional paper utensils was developed to replace small plastic spoons and sporks found in pot lids, trays, and other grab-and-go packaging, with a more environmentally friendly option.

It functions effectively as a spoon, spork and spreader for most foods that are scoopable or easy to cut, such as yogurt, cake, desserts, deli salads, and more. For gelato and other frozen desserts, EcoTensil offers a stronger product, iScoop, which was designed specifically for ice-cream type products.

Addressing the upcoming EU ban on single-use plastics, California-based EcoTensil brings its sustainable paperboard solutions to Europe through its European-based sales team, and its warehouse distribution centre in Rotterdam.

Founded 10 years ago, EcoTensil has provided hundreds of millions of the alternatives to plastic cutlery to companies in the forefront of sustainability, including Emmi, Costco, and General Mills. 

The company said its utensils have a more pleasing “mouth-feel” than wooden spoons and forks. The EcoSpoon is formed with one “bend to touch dots” fold. EcoTensil designed its current product line specifically for single-serve packaging, foodservice and sampling applications. EcoTensil said its utensils are formatted ready to be fitted into customers’ existing packaging, or can be customized as needed.  

The GreenDot line is made from a similar material to a coffee cup, but fully compostable, recyclable and contains no plastic. There is no taste, after taste, dissolving of the coating in one's mouth, or falling apart after a few bites.

All EcoTensil products are made from materials from FSC-certified forests and use 50-80% less material than plastic, bio-plastic or wood cutlery. 

“Using less resources is the best way to reduce waste going to landfill,”​ said EcoTensil creator and CEO, Peggy Cross.

There is an EcoTensil utensil to fit just about any size package and application process. The pre-folded TabLock EcoSpoon4 (49mm folded length, 89mm unfolded) is locked shut and comes packed stacked in rows for placement on the assembly line.  

EcoTensil offers an unfolded, 82mm utensil and a 95mm size, both of which may be ordered hygienically flow- wrapped or loose pack. The 95mm also can be ordered folded to a 48mm length and wrapped for small spaces.

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