Ecological Cupstock by colombier

Thanks to our Colombier EcoBarrier™ technology, your cupstock will be plastic-free as defined by European Union’s SUP Directive.

No plastic, no biodegradable plastic, no bio-based plastic: just 100% recyclable paperboard mono-material instead.

Z 100% recyclable (PAP21)
Z Available in white or brown-white basis paperboards
Z BfR and FDA compliant
Z No fluorochemicals or waxes

Cupstock Colombier


Plastic-free and compliant with EU’s new SUP directive. Does not require “Plastic in product” marking.

100% recyclable as paperboard

After use, our cups are recyclable along with normal paper and paperboard (PAP21).

FDA and BfR compliant

Colombier EcoBarrier™-coated products are FDA and BfR compliant for food contact.

Compostable mono-material

Colombier EcoBarrier™ does not produce any microplastics when biodegrading.


Colombier EcoBarrier™-coated cupstock runs in the same way as traditional cupstock in your existing cup-making machines.

our revolutionary Colombier Ecobarrier™ technology

Colombier EcoBarrier™ technology uses the aqueous dispersion method to create a barrier between the paperboard and the liquid inside. Traditionally, these barrier properties have been achieved with a plastic lining. Colombier EcoBarrier™ technology achieves the same result without using plastics through an innovative, environmentally friendly chemical process that applies heat, drying and application knowledge to create a water- and grease-resistant mono-material. Therefore, it is compliant with the EU’s new SUP directive and fully recyclable as paper waste (PAP21). Paper products made using Colombier EcoBarrier™ technology can be recycled up to six times into new paperboard products. The Colombier EcoBarrier™ contains inorganic pigments, bio-based organic components, non-plastic polymers, and water. Colombier EcoBarrier™ is FDA and BfR compliant and can thus be used in various food service applications, such as flexible packaging, to-go cups, to-go food packaging, barrier bags and more .


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About Colombier

We are Colombier. We create recoverable solutions for paper board and packaging. With nearly 50 years of experience in the paper industry, we are now focusing on an environmentally friendly world with our newest technology: Colombier EcoBarrier™.

Tons of paper and board converted every year

Years of experience in the paper industry

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Colombier EcoBarrier™ really green?

Yes, our fiber-based packaging is fully recyclable, repulpable and compostable. Due to the plastic-free barrier, all products made from this material will comply with the EU’s SUP directive.

Why is COLOMBIER EcoBarrier™ the ecofriendly alternative?

The Colombier EcoBarrier™ contains inorganic pigments, bio-based organic components, non-plastic polymers, and water. This makes our product plastic-free and fully recyclable.

is Colombier cupstock “bio” cupstock?

Our cupstock is not made from bio-based plastic or biodegradable plastic. Colombier EcoBarrier™ is a barrier made without using any plastic whatsoever and is therefore fully compliant with the EU’s SUP directive and fully recyclable as paperboard mono-material (PAP21). That’s why it is an exceptional environmentally friendly solution for single-use beverage cups.

Does colombier EcoBarrier™ require new production methods?

No, Colombier EcoBarrier™-coated cupstock runs like traditional cupstock in your existing cup-making machines. Some parameters—such as temperature, pressure or heating time—may need re-adjustments, but we can work these out together.

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Are the cups and bowls recyclable?

The material is fully repulpable as mono-material and does not require an expensive and environmentally inferior paper and plastic lining separation process. Therefore, it is recyclable as paperboard (PAP21).

Is Colombier ecobarrier™ made from recycled wood fiber?

In food contact, we use virgin wood fibers to make Colombier EcoBarrier™ products safe and hygienic. With recycled fibers, there are always traces of unwanted chemicals and substances (e.g., the ink used for printing). Hence, using recycled fibers would not be entirely safe for food contact applications. We certainly use recycled fibers in other Colombier EcoBarrier™ applications where there is no food contact, such as kraft packaging. 

Can I get a sample of the cupstock?

We are happy to provide you with samples of our cups and bowls. Please request your sample using the contact form below.

We care about the future.

We are proud to be a leader in the circular economy.
And that is appreciated by others.

Next Gen Cup

Nextgen cup challenge

Colombier is one of the winners of the NextGen Cup Challenge:
a global innovation challenge to redesign the fiber to-go cup and create a widely recyclable or compostable cup.

reset retail


Colombier teamed up with world-class retailers to eliminate use of plastic in retail industry.

smit dorlas


The Dutch coffee company Smit&Dorlas starts stocking Colombier’s recyclable and compostable plastic-free coffee cups.

We are ready for a plastic-free world. Are you?

Colombier works with retail brands, wholesalers and companies that want an exceptional, environmentally friendly solution for single-use cups.

Please contact us for more information or to request your cupstock sample.