Name of eco-innovation demandComposting of plasric cups made of PLA bioplastic
Company / organisationHEINEKEN Hungária Breweries Ltd
Type of organisationBrewing company
Description of required eco-innovation / solution / technology / resource / knowledge / product / serviceHEINEKEN Hungária Breweries Ltd is looking for an environmentally friendly solution regarding the composting of plastic cups made of PLA bioplastic
BackgroundHEINEKEN Hungária launched its plastic-free movement in May 2018. For a month, the company’s beers were offered in degradable plant-based so-called PLA cups at four restaurants. Due to favorable consumer feedback, HEINEKEN Hungária decided to continue its campaign. According to the experiences of the May campaign and the company’s recent research, 93% of Hungarians prefer plastic degradable packaging, and are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly solutions.

Made from renewable resources such as corn, PLA plastic is an excellent alternative to standard plastic and styrofoam. They are fully compostable and typically break down within 30-45 days in a controlled composting environment. Freezer safe and allergen free, eco disposable cups are a functional way to help the environment without sacrificing quality.
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Description of challenge to be solvedWe are looking for a compost site that is suitable (physically and legally) for the decomposition of these PLA cups.
Preferred stage of development of solutionPreferred stage of development of the solution / technology: 
Technology readiness level (TRL):
TRL 8 or above.

TRL 8. System complete and qualified; 
TRL 9. Actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing in the case of key enabling technologies)
Preferred form(s) of cooperation, collaborationOpen to negotiation
Language(s) of communicationEnglish, Hungarian
Contact at the company / organisationFor more information, technical requests please contact the organisation:
Anna Gebri
84/a Dózsa György street
1068 Budapest