Swedish innovation believes it has solved plastic coffee lid issues

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UniCup Scandinavia has launched the Liplid to solve frequent issues with drinking hot beverages on the go.

Swedish company UniCup Scandinavia has created an entirely bio-based beverage cup lid made of spruce and pine. The Liplid is placed inside, rather than on, the cup, and should improve the stability and drinking experience of on-the-go beverages.

UniCup Scandinavia founders Lars Bendix and Håkan Löfholm have been developing products for on-the-go food and beverages for more than 20 years. Across these years they have seen and experienced major problems associated with plastic lids that are fitted onto beverage cups. When used for cold drinks or hot tea and coffee, these lids can fail to meet the needs of today’s consumers in terms of both functionality and sustainability. The lids are difficult to put on properly and spills are common occurrences. It is hard to drink through the lid and to cool down the beverage. The plastic lids are also a major environmental problem. More than 300bn lids are produced globally each year, and many of these end up in nature.

Now the idea, hatched and drawn up on a paper napkin by Lars and Håkan over a cup of coffee in Stockholm, could solve these problems.

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“We have developed an environmentally friendly lid that sits inside the cup. This improves the cup’s stability and the overall drinking experience,” they said. “You drink from the rim of the cup instead of the lid, so you don’t burn yourself and it doesn’t taste like plastic or paper. The coffee tastes just like it does in your coffee cup at home.”

The lid is eco-friendly, 100% recyclable and is designed to provide excellent functionality. It is made from bio-based fibre material from Swedish raw materials: spruce and pine. Manufactured through a dry moulded fibre process, the lid is said to be stable and sustainable. Due to the lid’s design, 25% less material should be required for production.

UniCup CEO Jesper Berthold said: “We are already seeing that there’s a large market for Liplid. We are in contact with major chains that are very interested in purchasing the lid.”

Liplid is developed by UniCup Scandinavia in collaboration with the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE). The lid will be manufactured in Sweden.

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