Our packaging, processing and services solutions optimise the use of resources. Therefore, the principles of circularity are at the very heart of our business. Our value chain approach and partnerships are helping to make our economy circular.
In 2016, Tetra Pak joined the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), a precompetitive multi-stakeholder platform established by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Participating organisations work towards building a restorative and regenerative economy. Our membership enables us to test, scale and develop innovations in collaboration with other CE100 members, ensuring their ultimate viability.
As further demonstration of our commitment, we actively support the EU Action Plan for a Circular Economy and, in January 2018, made an ambitious pledge to back the EU Strategy on Plastics. This involves working with industry partners to ensure recycling solutions are in place for all components of beverage cartons, substantially increasing the use of plastics made from renewable feedstocks and using recycled plastics once they are validated as safe and legally acceptable for food contact material.
There are several key ways our company already contributes to a circular economy:
• Using renewables: Renewable resources are natural materials that grow back, such as wood and sugar cane. Using these and managing them responsibly differentiates us in the market and protects our planet. Today, the average renewable content of our carton packaging material is around 75 percent. Long-term, we want to make all our packaging from 100 percent renewable materials.
In collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 and three of its member companies, we published a joint communication on the role and contribution of renewable materials for a low-carbon and circular future.
• Responsible sourcing of materials: Responsible procurement is an important step in the shift to circularity; by improving the input, we can help make sure the circular economy is truly sustainable. All our paperboard is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) certified forests and other controlled sources. We use a tiny amount of aluminium in our packaging as an essential protective barrier. We are continually innovating to reduce how much we use, while investigating alternatives. As part of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), we seek to address the key social and environmental issues associated with this material.
• Increasing recycling: Recycling helps keep valuable materials in the economy, and recycled materials are increasingly in demand for different applications. All Tetra Pak carton packages are recyclable, and over 46 billion were recycled in 2017 alone. We work to improve the recycling value chain wherever our cartons have a presence. As part of EU plastics pledge, we commit to working with industry partners to ensure that by 2030, recycling solutions are in place for all components of beverage cartons across Europe.
• Resource efficient products and processes: We need to do more with less to grow within our planetary boundaries. By making our products and processes more efficient, we minimise waste, while reducing the consumption of resources. Tetra Pak’s food processing and filling equipment represent the best available solutions. We are relentlessly innovative in our development of new products and services that minimise resource use and reduce cost for our customers.
About Tetra Pak
Together with our customers we make food safe and available, everywhere. Since the start in 1951 we have taken pride in providing the best possible processing and packaging solutions for food.