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Italyâ??s disposable cup producer switches to cardboard, biopolymers

Italyâ??s disposable cup producer switches to cardboard, biopolymersItalian manufacturer Flo (Fontanellato;, specialised in disposable tableware and coffee capsules, is investing around EUR 2 mn in a new production unit for paper cups. This will replace two older lines for polystyrene cups, the company reports.
Delightfully vivid colours for PS cups â?? but for how long? (Photo: Flo)
With this investment, the manufacturer, part of compatriot Isap Packaging Group (Verona;, is reacting to the stricter European directives governing disposable items.
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In 2019, nearly 80% of the products manufactured by Flo were still based on plastic but this share has fallen to around 50% in the meantime. Alongside cardboard and cellulose, Fontanellato now also processes bioplastics, including Gea brand coffee capsules in PLA.30.03.2023 [252491-0]

Publication date: 30/03/2023



This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.