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Recyclable Paperboard Lid Developed by Paper Lid Company and Metsä Board

Using The Paper Lid Company’s new technology, the paperboard can be formed into the desired shape. Both the companies assert that the carbon footprint of the paperboard lid is approximately 50 percent lower than that of a plastic lid.

October 12, 2021

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The Paper Lid Company and Metsä Board have collaborated to develop a paperboard lid for takeaway beverage cups. The lid is made from a dispersion barrier board, which is “fully recyclable”.

The companies say the lid is suitable for both hot and cold drinks. Making use of The Paper Lid Company’s new technology, the paperboard can be formed into the desired shape for customers. A long-term collaboration between Finnish start-up, The Paper Lid Company and Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has led to the development of a 100% recyclable paperboard lid for use with takeaway cups.

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The lid can be clicked into place on the cup and it offers performance that is comparable to traditional plastic lids. Moreover, the companies claim that the carbon footprint of the 100 percent recyclable paperboard lid is approximately 50 percent lower than that of a plastic lid.

According to Ilkka Harju, packaging servicers director EMEA and APAC at Metsä Board: “Reducing the volume of plastic waste is a critically important issue, and together with our partners we are continuously developing and testing new innovative solutions that have circular-economy thinking at their core.”

Matti Salonoja, the founder of The Paper Lid Company, commented, “Paperboard made from the renewable fresh fiber is, by its nature, a sustainable raw material. By combining our expertise with Metsä Board’s we have been able to create a new solution that has tremendous potential to change the takeaway cup market.”

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Metsä Board’s other innovations for the food and food service industries include MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB, a plastic-free recyclable paperboard that has a medium barrier against moisture and grease.

The Paper Lid Company says its production equipment in Masku, Finland, is primed to begin full-scale production of the new paperboard lid developed in partnership with Metsä Board.