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 revolutionary new AquaDot range of plastic-free, extra sturdy, folding paperboard cutlery.
EcoTensil’s patented paperboard utensils are well known in North America. Since 2010, the company has sold hundreds of millions of units globally, including to some of Europe’s largest food manufacturers and retailers. EcoTensil has begun the full European launch of its plastic-free AquaDot cutlery including designs specific for to-go packaging. Suppliers of food services and food and packaging manufacturers are quickly embracing EcoTensil’s plastic-free AquaDot folding EcoSpoon as a ready replacement for plastic. They are doing so, in part, because it works seamlessly with many existing packages and processes and has a more positive impact on the taste of food than wooden cutlery.
“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,” says EcoTensil founder and CEO Peggy Cross. “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. It claims it is significantly smoother than dry wooden cutlery which can detract from the flavour experience of the food.
“We have spent the last decade perfecting the silky mouth feel, smooth edges, structural strength and overall pleasing nature of all our utensils,” says Peggy Cross. “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.”