SIG introduces U-shaped paper straw

Uses renewable materials

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SIG has developed a U-shaped paper straw to be used on carton packages. After introducing the world’s first straight paper straw for carton packaging in February 2019, SIG launches a U-shaped paper straw during Gulfood Manufacturing, together with its joint venture partner SIG Combibloc Obeikan. Gulfood Manufacturing is the world’s largest annual food and beverage technology trade exhibition. The new straw uses FSCTM certified paper and is now available globally.

Markus Boehm, a chief market officer at SIG said, “SIG is determined to collaborate with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to find new approaches to reduce single-use plastics, foster recycling and minimize waste. Being the first in the industry to offer paper straws for aseptic carton packs is an important milestone for us on that journey.”

The new paper straw solution supports SIG’s efforts to use more renewable materials. The paper used to produce the straight paper straw and the new U-shaped paper-straws – available with 4 and 6 millimeter diameter – originates from FSCTM-certified forests and other controlled sources. According to the press statement, the wrapper for the straw has also been redesigned to remain attached to the package preventing littering and can be recycled with the carton pack.

Abdelghany Eladib, chief operating officer, SIG Combibloc Obeikan said, “We are excited to launch the U-shaped paper straw during Gulfood Manufacturing. The exhibition offers an ideal platform to share our latest innovations. With plastic pollution being a major concern for businesses and consumers around the world, the food and beverage industry is under pressure to offer a viable and sustainable alternative. Carton packs are sustainable by nature. Our carton packs consist of 70 to 80% paperboard. With the introduction of the first paper straws for aseptic carton packs, SIG is once again leading the way in the industry.”

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