Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say, and the plastic straw bans that are sweeping the nation have inspired Fabri-Kal (Kalamazoo, MI) to develop what it is calling Sip Lids for cold-drink cups. The new Sip Lids are an ideal solution for foodservice establishments looking for straw alternatives, said the company, a supplier of foodservice and custom thermoformed packaging products.
Consumer habits were researched to design a lid that would be convenient for on-the-go customers while preventing liquids from splashing during transport.
Fabri-Kal’s Sip Lids are compatible with the company’s Kal-Clear, Nexclear and Greenware cups. The PET-based Sip Lid fits five popular Kal-Clear PET drink cups and four Nexclear polypropylene drink cups. The new Greenware Sip Lid is made from plants, not petroleum, and fits three popular Greenware cup sizes. Greenware cups and lids are made from Ingeo biopolymer (PLA) and are compostable in commercial facilities, which the company advises in its announcement may not be available in all areas. The products are not suitable for backyard composting.
“Fabri-Kal is dedicated to producing innovative, stylish packaging with a reduced environmental impact,” said Mike Roeder, President and COO. “Our new PET Sip Lids fit recyclable PET and polypropylene drink cups, and our Greenware Sip Lids and drink cups are commercially compostable. We are proud that all of our products are made in the USA by American workers.”
Fabri-Kal specializes in a variety of materials including renewable agricultural fiber. The company has been in continuous operation since 1950 and today employs more than 1,000 people in five manufacturing, printing and warehousing facilities throughout the United States.