Zurich/Basel – Coop is introducing a new disposable cutlery as its own brand that is made entirely from biomass and can be disposed of in household compost. The cutlery was developed with FluidSolids Biocomposites. The company uses waste streams to produce biocomposites.
Coop is issuing a new black private label disposable cutlery. It is produced in Switzerland from biomass, which consists of by-products. The biocomposite decomposes in the home compost. In a message on LinkedIn, the retailer calculates that this will save around 5.8 tons of plastic per year. The introduction of this new disposable cutlery is also the latest entry on the Coop website Deeds not Words, where the company provides ongoing information on where and how plastic is being saved.
Coop was supported by FluidSolids Biocomposites in the changeover to the new disposable cutlery. Founded in Zurich in 2016, the company’s technology uses waste streams to produce biocomposites. FluidSolids is “a platform for the radical implementation of the circular economy, offering a solution that is as economical as it is sustainable,” the company says.
“We’re super excited to partner with Coop to save plastic, hooray!” said FluidSolids founder and board member Beat Karrer in a separate message on LinkedIn. Addressing other interested companies, the company explains, “When you replace conventional, petroleum-based plastics with FluidSolids with biodegradable biocomposites, you not only make a substantial contribution to reducing environmental pollution, but also open up new types of business at the same time.”
Martin Lehmann, project manager for consulting and solutions at the climate protection company myclimate, confirms this: “Our study shows in the evaluation of the overall environmental impact that the biocomposites from FluidSolids clearly perform better in comparison with commercially available plastics, but also with wood-plastic composites.” ce/mm