Swedish innovation hopes to save planet from plastic lids
By Oliver Morrison
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Swedish company UniCup Scandinavia AB has claimed to have created an entirely new bio-based lid made of spruce and pine. The “Liplid” is placed inside, rather than on, the cup, and improves the stability and drinking experience of on-the-go beverages.
“We have developed an environmentally friendly lid that sits inside the cup. This improves the cup’s stability and the overall drinking experience,” said UniCup Scandinavia founders Lars Bendix and Håkan Löfholm. “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 claimed to be eco-friendly, 100% recyclable with excellent functionality. It is made from bio-based fiber material from Swedish raw materials: spruce and pine. Manufactured through a globally unique Dry Molded Fiber process, the pair claimed the lid is also extremely stable and sustainable. Due to the lid’s design, 25% less material is required for production.
“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,” said Jesper Berthold, CEO of UniCup Scandinavia AB, Liplid’s producer.
Liplid is developed by UniCup Scandinavia AB in collaboration with the Research Institute of Sweden. The lid will be manufactured in Sweden.