Cardbox Packaging wins European Carton Excellence award 2021 with Karlo spoon

Karlo spoon is easily disposable and environmentally friendly

Cardbox Packaging’s Karlo spoon has won the European Carton Excellence award 2021
Cardbox Packaging’s Karlo spoon has won the European Carton Excellence award 2021

Cardbox Packaging is being recognized by the European Carton Excellence Award organizers and has earned the Innovations Award 2021 with a Karlo spoon. It is already the second hit of Cardbox Packaging in the competition. The previous year Cuckoo Ice Cream won in the same category. With this recognition, the company can enter the Worldstar Packaging Awards 2022

In response to the 2021 ban on disposable plastic cutlery, the company presented its first cardboard spoon on the market in 2020. The further development, however, resulted in an even smarter packaging solution for dairy and convenience food. Introducing the Karlo spoon, a joint development with Greiner Packaging, is another step forward in this project, becoming an official part of the portfolio in February 2021. Up until now, millions of spoons have been sold. 

Cardbox Packaging new innovative solutions to become a part of daily life soon

Klaus Hockl, managing director of the group, states, “It is another sustainable innovation of Cardbox Packaging which has been awarded. We are highly motivated that our innovative solutions will be a part of our daily life in the future. We are very proud of our development team.”

The innovative spoon seems to be a game-changer in the disposable cutlery range. Jean-René Truttmann, a member of the jury, commented. “The jury has not seen many products on the market like this spoon, and we believe it will be really popular with consumers. The spoon is delivered folded, so it is very compact, is easy to unpack and assemble, and the structural design ensures that it holds food really well.” Truttmann concludes, “Disposable cutlery was previously made of plastic, sometimes of wood, but this one is 100% paper-based making it recyclable and sustainable.”


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