Tetra Pak provides a packaging for a sustainable future

(The Philippine Star) - October 31, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Behind every Tetra Pak carton package is an attempt to be kind to the environment. The company has been providing safe food and beverage packaging solutions to the top Food and Beverage companies globally for 60 years. As consumer demand grows, the company still ensures that they run the business in a sustainable manner as they use resources that are renewable — meaning it will entirely come from materials that can be replaced by new growth.

Tetra Pak cartons are made of renewable materials since it is primarily made of paper which come from wood, a renewable material. Continuous innovations and development work are being done by the company to ensure that packaging solutions are made to support environmental sustainability. 

Tetra Pak globally also provides its customers with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified packaging materials. It also launched “The Pack that Grows Back” campaign that informs consumers on Tetra Pak’s full commitment to using renewable materials like FSC certified paperboard.

“The responsible management of our forests both protects them and offers consumers and industry a virtual limitless supply of wood and paperboard to meet rising demand for packaging and other goods,” said Tetra Pak president and CEO Dennis Jönsson. “The Pack that Grows Back underscores our commitment to sustainable packaging.”

As one of the world’s largest purchasers of wood used for paperboard, protecting forests is business critical to Tetra Pak. An average of 70 percent of the packaging material in 173 billion Tetra Pak carton packages produced by beverage manufacturers last year are made from renewable sources. And the goal is to create packaging made from 100% renewable sources.

As packaging innovations are continuously being conducted by Tetra Pak it continues to ensure that the packaging solutions it provides customers will not compromise food safety.

Recycling is also key to sustainability and the use of less resources.  Tetra Pak packages are recyclable and globally Tetra Pak Environment team members continue to help make a difference.

“In the Philippines, we have a Tetra Pak Care and Share Program that has already been providing more than 150 schools a platform that helps students contribute not only to saving the environment but in reaching out to the underprivileged too,” says Tess Raymundo, Tetra Pak communications and environment manager.

“We continue to educate students and actively involve them in the recycling of Tetra Pak cartons and at the same time teach them the importance of social responsibility as the program helps their adopted foundations and adopted underprivilege schools too. ”

Tetra Pak also continues to develop packaging machines that help reduce energy and water consumption and find ways to reduce the waste created in production and distribution of the packages. Thus, not only are their operations eco-friendly but they also help their customers lessen their carbon footprint.


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