Zume Launches Snap-on Molded Fiber Coffee Lids | Article

Zume has announced the European launch of its molded fiber coffee lids which are said to be compostable and 100% PFAS-free without compromising performance.

According to Zume, food brands typically choose plastic lids for coffee cups because they’re cheap, convenient, and can withstand hot beverages; sustainable alternatives apparently do not offer the same characteristics. Only 25% of plastic coffee cups and lids are recycled in the UK, the company adds.

Zume’s Formed Fiber Coffee Lids aim to provide a solution at the scale needed to eliminate single-use plastic lids in Europe. Lids would be developed from moldable fibers such as bagasse (sugar cane fiber), bamboo, wheat, straw, and mixtures of various grass fibers.

Additionally, Zume says its formed-fiber lids are breakable and leak-proof. The lids have apparently undergone rigorous testing and quality control processes to ensure they perform as consumers expect, and are also FDA approved for food contact.

According to Zume, the lids are compostable as certified by ASTM International and do not contain PFAS, so-called “eternal chemicals” that do not break down easily due to their strong bonds, causing potential harm to the environment and to human health.

Alex Garden, CEO of Zume, comments: “As brands, we have a responsibility to prioritize our environmental impact in how we achieve our results; with our durable coffee lids, food brands can now do both.

“Our molded fiber lids have the same premium feel and functionality that coffee drinkers have come to expect and show what’s possible when you combine a sustainable mindset with world-class engineering and product design to a price that makes it a cost-effective alternative to plastic.”

The new lids will initially roll out in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Scandinavia, France, Italy and Spain, with more countries to be announced later this year. The covers are available in two sizes, 80mm and 90mm.

Last year, Zume partnered with ABB Robotics to scale and automate the production of its molded fiber packaging. The companies say the manufacturing cells they have developed could potentially process 71.00 tonnes of agricultural equipment per year, with the potential to produce up to two billion packages per year.

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