from sustainably managed forests. It can be recycled kerbside and at bring-bank locations in most UK communities.

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING However, even before the disposal process, some argue that operators should first be considering sourcing sustainable packaging and ultimately choosing cups that are PEFC accredited. PEFC accreditation ensures a certain level of sustainability within

our global forests. The standards seek to transform the way forests are managed, both globally and locally, to ensure that all of us can enjoy the environmental, social and economic benefits they offer. A driving force in many paper cup recycling schemes, Huhtamaki

offers a range of paperboard cups, cartons and boxes made in the UK using paperboard from certified sources that are either PEFC or FSC (a similar scheme) certified. The company’s Relish range contains recycled content and it is claimed this can be recycled in a normal recycling bin. Huhtamaki also offers its Taste and Eatwell ranges which can both can be recycled where appropriate facilities exist, while its Bioware range can be composted at industrial composting facilities. Packaging specialist, 4 Aces, a recent winner at The Vendies for its

efforts to reduce environmental impact, is also responding to demand for sustainable, compostable alternatives. The company says it wants to do its bit for consumers who are far savvier and more informed about issues related to the environment. In a bid to make that happen, 4 Aces launched its PLANET range, earlier this year. This biodegradable PLA cup provides a green alternative and helps businesses to reduce their environmental impact. The range carries the internationally

recognised seedling logo and complies with EU certification for compostable packaging, which means that it will disintegrate in the correct industrial facilities within 12 weeks. Another brand that is acting is Red Star

Brands with its Just Water bottle. The bottle is comprised of 82% plant-based, renewable materials and is recyclable. The cap and shoulder of each bottle is made from a bio- plastic that originates as sugarcane; while the bottle itself is mostly paper made of trees

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REDUCING THE CARBON FOOTPRINT Putting cups and bottles to one side, there are other examples of sustainable products and practices being revealed all the time such as the incentivising of paper and biodegradable plastic straws, as well as the growing phenomenon of reusable cups. Big business is reacting with nearly 100 of the UK’s largest businesses signing the UK Plastics Pact and agreeing to start making all their plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. In vending the BevilaNatura by Zerica is described as a “highly sustainable solution” – a plumbed-in drinks machine dispensing a variety of hot and cold drinks all from a single unit. These units are said to represent a 70% reduction in carbon footprint compared to bottled drinks.

SUSTAINABLE INGREDIENTS Also targeting 2025 is Barry Callebaut Beverages which is aiming to supply 100 per cent sustainable chocolate by then. Tracy Southwell, UK sales director for Barry Callebaut Beverages,

said: “Sustainability sits at the top of the agenda for all of us. It is a priority focus that runs through the line, affecting all of the supply chain and more consumers are shifting focus and challenging expectations. “The vending industry has to stay in step with the High Street and

the best way to do that is to engage with ethical suppliers, who have a history of sustainable practice and are constantly driving new initiatives to make sustainability the guiding principle. “Barry Callebaut is currently leading a movement to make sustainable chocolate the norm. For hot chocolate, the provenance of the drink rests with the bean – and this is where our credentials really stand tall.” So, if you want sustainability to be the cornerstone of your business, make sure you consider all the options whether it’s effective disposal of cups, choosing sustainable products or ingredients or working with partners with ethical credentials.

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