Our long-term ambition is that all our packaging material will be made from 100 percent renewable materials, without compromising safety, quality or functionality. With over three- quarters of our packages made from paperboard, we continue to focus our efforts on sustainable timber, while also innovating around polymers and aluminium.
Renewable resources are natural materials that grow back, such as wood and sugar cane. We believe that using these and managing them responsibly differentiates us in the market, as well as protecting our planet. In 2016, 100 percent of our paperboard came from Forest Stewardship Council™(FSC™) certified and controlled sources. On polymers, we produce bio-based caps and laminate coatings. Our award-winning Tetra Rex® Bio-based package, the world's first fully renewable package for liquid food, is made entirely from plant-based materials and marks a significant move away from fossil-based plastic.
In 2016, we launched the Tetra Brik® Aseptic 1,000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap™ 30: the first aseptic carton package in the world to receive the highest Vinçotte certification for renewable content of packaging products. With polymer film and cap derived from sugar cane, combined with FSC-certified paperboard, renewable materials comprise 80 percent of the package, the threshold for four-star certification from Vinçotte. It also boasts up to 17 percent lower-carbon footprint than a standard package, according to an independent life-cycle analysis conducted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute."Increasing the use of renewable materials, defined as natural resources that can be replenished over time, plays an increasingly important role in mitigating resource scarcity and climate change. This is the only aseptic carton package we have certified so far and it has qualified for four-star certification." Philippe Dewolfs, President of the Certification Committee, Vinçotte
While Aluminium remains our smallest packaging component by volume, we continue to explore how to make this protective barrier more sustainable, while developing alternative renewable barrier options for our non-chilled cartons.
Tetra Pak has won an Alufoil Trophy 2018 for Product Protection with a new single-portion pack for juice and dairy products, featuring a thin aluminium foil inner layer. The Tetra FIno® Aseptic 100 Ultra MiM not only enables the contents to be kept for long periods at ambient temperatures, but also allows them to be turned into frozen treats, with minimal changes to existing dairy and juice production processes.
The aseptic processing and packaging means the product does not need preservatives to maintain its nutritional values. The thin layer or aluminium helps to maintain the colour, texture and taste of the contents for at least four months without refrigeration.
During the early stages of product development, each packaging product undergoes a full environmental impact assessment. We also apply Design for Environment principles to ensure the full environmental impact of a new package and associated machinery is calculated and minimised.
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