Sustainable packages

Our ambition is to deliver a package that contributes to a low carbon circular economy, that is, a package made entirely from renewable and/or recycled materials that is fully recyclable, without ever compromising on food safety requirements.

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In 2018, we started to restructure our packaging portfolio innovation strategy around a vision of the ideal beverage carton package. This ‘ideal carton’ is made solely from renewable and/or recycled packaging materials, it is 100% recyclable, and it fits into a low carbon circular economy without ever compromising food safety requirements. Creating this ideal package will require significant innovation and development, and we are already working hard to deliver it. ​

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. 

Because paperboard makes up around 75 percent of our packaging, one of our priorities is sourcing sustainable timber. All our paperboard is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council™ ​(FSC™) certified forests and other controlled sources. 

We also invest time and resources into finding solutions to the sustainable challenges presented by the polymers (plastics) in our packaging. We produce bio-based alternatives for our plastic caps and laminate coatings and continue to work towards scaling markets for these solutions. 

As part of our commitment to reduce our use of plastic across our portfolio, replacing it with renewable alternatives, we recently announced our ambition to launch a paper straw ​in 2019 that meets global demand by 2025, and we quintupled our investment in converting all plastic straws to paper in the longer term​

Read more about paper straws for portion packages.​​

Demand for renewable packaging continues to rise

The new version of our Tetra Brik® Aseptic​ 1000 Edge package is proving popular in the Netherlands. Made using a bio-based plastic film (derived from sugar cane) and combined with Bio-based LightCap™ 30, the package is composed of more than 80 percent renewable materials.

The FrieslandCampina dairy beverage company's beloved Chocomel drink recently launched in the package, and Fairtrade Original juices were launched in June 2018. ​

Read more about Tetra Brik® Aseptic​ 1000 Edge​

Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap opening

​​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 Fino® Aseptic 100 Ultra MiM wins Alufoil Trophy 2018

​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. 

Read press release: Tetra Pak: Tetra Fino®Aseptic 100 Ultra MiM​

Design for Environment

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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