100 % Recyclable, Single Use Coffee Pods
Enjoying Coffee with a Good Conscience
The single use coffee pod market has grown rapidly over the past decade and a new technology devoloped by Milacron ensures that single use coffee pods are able to enter the recycling stream rather than the landfill. Milacron’s patented co-injection systems with embedded Kortec technology are now being used in the production of 100% recyclable single use coffee pods.
Steve Morris, Milacron Vice President and General Manager Milacron Systems, elaborated, “Recyclability is driving major design changes within the coffee pod market, and will continue to create new capital equipment demand to support this growing consumer product. Today, cups molded on a Milacron platform qualify for a ‘5’ for recyclability. A key benefit of an injection molded cup is the ability to mold features into the cup that replace the addition of costly components such as filters. This benefit also eliminates a second molding process, scrap, assembly costs and part weight”.
Currently, most single use pods are thermoformed polystyrene and not recyclable. According to Milacron, manufacturers are eager to move to recyclable injection molded PP cups over the next three years. Globally there are billions of single serve cups on the market. Injection molded cups also have better mechanics allowing them to use more shapes, provide wall and barrier consistency and produce better clarity in clear parts. These cups also have a flange seal off area and no barrier breakthrough. Milacron’s patented co-injection systems with embedded Kortec technology have elevated Milacron to be the leading producer of 100% recyclable, single use coffee pods.
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