The ‘Zero Waste Cup’ from Bockatech, a plastics specialist with headquarters in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, has been selected as the winner of the Horners Bottlemakers Award 2019.
The new plastic cup offers an alternative to standard paper cups which are difficult or impossible to recycle.
The Zero Waste Cup is made from EcoCore, which is described as ‘a new mould technology’ for plastics which supports production of sustainable, lightweight and durable products.
The material has a skin-foam-skin makeup. Using the PP EcoCore product could serve as a low-cost transition from single-use to reusable packaging.
In this case, cups are made using an injection moulding processes. Bockatech states the material requires a minimum of investment in new equipment.
The material supports a production cycle time equivalent to other solid plastic products and 80% less than other foam core products.
Two further entries, the CupClub, a crate-and-return cup solution, and the Beached bottle from Spectra Packaging, received Highly Commended certificates.
Bockatech received the winner’s trophy at the Horners’ Annual Banquet at Mansion House in London.