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Reusable and recyclable EcoCore® hot cups and lids

Wednesday May 4, 2022

Bockatech believes its new EcoCore technology can address sustainability challenges in the foodservice industry and is championing a new area of reuse with its reusable and recyclable EcoCore hot cups and lids, now available from Bunzl Catering Supplies.

EcoCore, from UK based Bockatech, is a new technology that produces injection-moulded packaging for food service applications. Products made with EcoCore walls have a smooth inner face and a wavy outer face separated by an insulated foam core, typically reducing the amount of material needed to make products with the same performance as solid alternatives.

EcoCore hot cups are light weight, insulated, durable and recyclable, can be reused multiple times and are dishwasher safe up to 1000 cycles. The key element to EcoCore cups is that they provide a comparative-cost reusable alternative to single-use paper cups. The injection moulding cuts weight and cycle times to drive costs down and approach a parity with paper.

Made from a single material, polypropylene (PP), EcoCore hot cups can be recycled.  This means that alongside reuse, the product has the potential to be used in a closed loop system.  A barrier to creating a truly closed loop system for these products are food safety regulations.  While the industry is looking at innovation in recycling PP back to food safe products and the CO2 savings this would bring, at the moment EcoCore cups are produced using virgin materials which can then be recycled back into anything from coat hangers to car underbody parts.

Bunzl Catering Supplies is bringing EcoCore hot cups to the market via its market-leading Innovate brand.  If you would like to know more about reusable and recyclable EcoCore cups and lids please contact us today – or click here.