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Global aseptic packaging supplier sees increased adoption of plant-based packaging and carton recycling.

August 24, 2022

Tetra Pak has been a global force in food and beverage packaging for decades, reporting 2021 net sales of €11.1 billion/$11 billion, with more than 25,000 employees supporting more than 50 production plants in some 160 countries.

That’s why the information found in the company’s latest annual Sustainability Report, released on August 23 highlighting achievements and progress made in the past year, has widespread ramifications. This year’s 23rd edition centers on improvements to protect food, people, and the planet in sustainable ways.

Some highlights:

  • Sold 17.6 billion plant-based packages and 10.8 billion plant-based caps in the past year, enabling the saving of 96 kilo tonnes/106 tons of carbon dioxide compared to fossil-based plastic.

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  • Expanded the company’s sustainable packaging portfolio to include cartons made with plant-based coatings produced in the US.

  • Advanced carton recycling via the Carton Council of North America, including the launch of the first Community Education Awards to improve resident communications on recycling.

  • Participated in a pilot study that demonstrated how shelf-stable milk in schools could reduce miles driven for distribution and minimize food waste.

  • Educated consumers and the industry on aseptic technology.

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  • Reduced operational greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) aka carbon emissions by 36%; 80% of energy coming from renewable sources having doubled the solar energy capacity to 5.55MW.

Operations in the US and Canada already operate using 100% renewable energy. Tetra Pak previously committed to 100% renewable energy sources by 2030.

  • Launched a pioneering land restoration initiative in Brazil, in collaboration with local NGO Apremavi in early 2022. The aim is to restore up to 7,000 hectares of land by 2030 for biodiversity recovery, carbon capture and climate change mitigation.

  • Committed to halve food waste, water consumption and carbon footprint of its best practice processing lines by 2030.

"At Tetra Pak, we're committed to minimizing our impact and our U.S. and Canadian market continues to decrease the impact of our own operations while supporting our customers' sustainability ambitions," says Seth Teply, President and CEO, Tetra Pak US and Canada. "It is our unified focus on protecting food, people and the planet that drives each of us, and makes Tetra Pak an industry leader for high-quality, innovative and sustainable packaging, processing and services solutions for the food and beverage industry."

 

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