In advance of European legislation banning single-use plastic items such as cutlery, plates and straws by July 2021, California-based EcoTensil has introduced the new AquaDot range of plastic-free, sturdy, folding paperboard cutlery.
EcoTensil has begun the full European launch of its plastic-free AquaDot cutlery including designs specific for to-go packaging. The folding EcoSpoon is designed to works seamlessly with many existing packages and processes and is said to have a more positive impact on the taste of food than wooden cutlery.
EcoTensil founder and CEO Peggy Cross said: “EcoTensil products have always set the standard for the greenest utensils available, and now we are excited to take that to the next level with our new, longer lasting AquaDot range. This line is a perfect, easy, versatile and cost-effective replacement for plastic utensils on just about any food package.
“The work Europe is doing to reduce single-use plastic sets a great example for the world, and EcoTensil is very pleased to support companies in meeting their plastic reduction goals with our wonderfully simple folding paper ‘multi-tensils’.”
The paperboard used to make EcoTensil AquaDot and GreenDot lines is similar to the material used to make coffee cups, but without any plastic. With one simple ‘bend to touch dots’ fold, the compact EcoTensil becomes a sturdy scoop. Like all EcoTensil cutlery, the new AquaDot line offers a sensory experience that complements the food. It is significantly smoother than dry wooden cutlery which can detract from the flavour experience of the food.
Cross added: “We have spent the last decade perfecting the silky mouth feel, smooth edges, structural strength and overall pleasing nature of all our utensils. Our customers love them – they have worked hard to perfect the flavours and textures of their products, but the texture of wooden utensils can negatively impact the taste experience of their lovely foods. EcoTensil offers a terrific, smooth alternative.”
The AquaDot range is recyclable and compostable, and is made from certified sustainably forested material. EcoTensil cutlery is also claimed to use up to 80% less material than most other single-use cutlery made from plastic, bio-plastic or wood.