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New single-use vape product aims to set benchmark for recycling performance

Media release:

12th June 2023, LONDON, UK.


New single-use vape product aims to set benchmark for recycling performance

  • ANDS pioneers new disposable vape product solution that is 99% plus recyclable and recoverable
  • First major retailer to stock the product to be announced soon
  • Environmentally-conscious design means that less than 1 per cent of the product goes to landfill
  • Simple construction allows for a vastly accelerated recycling time
  • Creation of a 100% recyclable product on course for the end of 2023

ANDS, a trademark owner and distributor of alternative nicotine delivery systems, has unveiled a new 99% plus recyclable and recoverable single-use vape. The first major retailer to stock the product will be announced soon.

SLIX was developed on the back of heightened concerns about the environmental impact of single-use vapes. Research has revealed that 1.3 million single-use vapes are thrown away in the UK each week.

The development of SLIX is part of ANDS’ efforts to provide adult smokers with viable alternatives to combustible tobacco while minimising the impact on the environment.  SLIX construction boasts an outer casing made of 100% recyclable high-grade cardboard, with a biodegradable silicone mouthpiece and end piece.

SLIX has been independently tested by specialist vape waste firm Waste Experts, a wholly owned subsidiary of the electrical wholesaler City Electrical Factors (CEF), to verify its recyclability credentials.

In tests, the product was found to be 99.29% recyclable and recoverable. Its light, simple construction also makes it 25% lighter and significantly less complex than the leading brand.  It creates 70% less waste by weight compared to the same leading brand.

The product also scored highly in terms of waste processing time, taking 57% less time to dismantle than the leading brand in the UK. The simplicity of design means it takes seconds to deconstruct and the time saved is vital to  supporting cost efficiencies in the waste management of single-use vapes.

Dr Marina Murphy, Senior Director of Scientific and Medical Affairs at ANDS, said: “While the analysis carried out by Waste Experts suggests that our single-use vape is highly recyclable, we will continue to work towards zero waste.’

“We aim to build a high rate of recyclability into all our products, by using high quality recyclable materials and simple construction that allows for highly efficient dismantling.  This contributes to a fast, efficient overall recycling process, which reduces waste management costs. This in turn helps to keep product prices competitive, creating a win-win for the environment and adult consumers who value our products.”

Fadi Maayta, President of ANDS, said: “We’re very much on a journey and by the end of this year we hope to launch a 100% recyclable and recoverable version of SLIX, which will reduce the tonnage of waste going to landfill even further.”

Maayta added: “If these single-use vapes are restricted or banned over environmental fears as is being talked about in some circles – smokers could lose what many believe to be a very convenient, accessible and compelling alternative to conventional cigarettes.”

ANDS is also partnering with Waste Experts to create a recycling programme that will simplify the process of collection and recycling.

The product comes in eight flavours including blue raspberry lemon, cream tobacco, grape, kiwi passion fruit guava, mint, pink lemon, sour raspberry and watermelon.


Notes to editor

About ANDS: ANDS one of the leading alternative nicotine delivery brands in the Middle East, has recently announced its entry into the UK market with the opening of its European headquarters in London. The company currently operates in 14 countries with major vape brands and retailers. One of the company’s main markets is in global travel retail, supplying products to outlets in international airports and border shops.  In the UK, the company will be selling its own product range to supermarkets, convenience stores, specialist vape stores and retail outlets in the main airports across the country.

About ISO 14021:2016: Testing by Waste Experts was done in line with ISO 14021:2016, an internationally agreed standard.  This standard specifies requirements for self-declared environmental claims, including statements, symbols and graphics, regarding products. It further describes selected terms commonly used in environmental claims and gives qualifications for their use. This International Standard also describes a general evaluation and verification methodology for self-declared environmental claims and specific evaluation and verification methods for the selected claims in this International Standard. Waste Experts gave consideration to the ease of recycling, the time taken per unit, the packaging by type, device components and the recycling options available for each material.

About Waste Experts: Waste Experts has been operating in the environmental services sector for over 22 years. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the UK’s leading electrical wholesaler, City Electrical Factors (CEF), it offers a highly efficient nationwide waste management service, from the provision of receptacles for safe storage of waste right through to transportation, treatment and recycling.







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