Kotkamills’ solution is an innovative water-based dispersion coating that creates an effective barrier layer for food and other packaging applications. Disposable cups made of its cupstock are completely plastic-free and easily recyclable with normal paper and board waste.
“Today consumers and companies actively seek solutions that make the world less dependent on plastic,” said Kotkamills CEO Markku Hämäläinen. “We have created a plastic-free, easily recyclable and biodegradable raw material for disposable paper cups, and we are thrilled by this opportunity to work with global brands in order to make a difference one cup at a time.”
Another Finland-based NextGen Cup Challenge winner is Colombier Finland, recognised for its water-based non-plastic biobarrier coating that can replace plastic in cups, food containers and packaging. The company located in Pyhtää, Finland, is a subsidiary of the Colombier Group.
Isku takes a bow for its seat
Finnish furniture company Isku has also been recognised for its sustainable practices, with its Kivikko seat, designed by Henri Halla-aho, awarded as the most sustainable product in the education sector at the GESS Education Awards.
“I am extremely happy and proud that Isku receives the award for the best sustainable and ecological product, as responsibility is part of our company’s DNA,” said Arto Tiitinen, CEO at Isku. “Sustainability is present in the life-cycle of our products from the design to production and the finished product, all the way to our customers.”