Milestone for FSC-labelled cartons from Tetra Pak

This year, Tetra Pak® (FSC-C014047) has reached a significant milestone, with the total number of FSC-labelled packages delivered globally passing the 400 billion mark.

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The number of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-labelled packages delivered by Tetra Pak has in fact grown exponentially since the first such package was produced in 2007 and launched in the UK. By 2009, the annual total had climbed to 1.5 billion, reaching 18 billion in 2011 and 54 billion by 2015. By 2016, Tetra Pak had delivered a total of 200 billion FSC-labelled packages since production began and in just two years that number has doubled.

A history of innovation

The first Tetra Pak package to be labelled as made from FSC-certified paperboard was delivered in 2007 and used to sell tomatoes in the UK. This was a first for the industry, and Tetra Pak has continued to break new ground ever since, as well as working to find renewable alternatives to the other materials that are used to produce Tetra Pak’s packages. On average, more than three-quarters of a Tetra Pak carton package is made up of renewable materials.

In 2014, Tetra Pak achieved FSC Chain of Custody certification, which means that Tetra Pak is able to supply FSC-labelled packages from all its sites worldwide.

In 2018, over 80% of packages sold by Tetra Pak UK carried an FSC label to demonstrate that the packages are made of paperboard from responsibly managed forests and other controlled sources.

Meeting growing demand

The FSC logo enables consumers to make a conscious choice when it comes to choosing packages. Increasingly, consumers are looking to companies to make a public commitment to protecting the environment and to communicate that in a transparent way.

Tetra Pak’s own environmental research shows that 70% of consumers say they have purchased an environmental product, even if it costs more, while 39% say that they always or often look for environmental information on beverage packaging. Delivering FSC-certified paperboard therefore has potential to deliver competitive advantage as well as environmental benefits. It is for these reasons that Tetra Pak is committed to work with its customers and FSC to achieve its business and environmental goals.

Gavin Landeg, Head of Environment for Tetra Pak in North West Europe commented:

"For Tetra Pak, FSC is the gold standard for ensuring that the paperboard that we use in our packages is from responsibly managed and other controlled sources. It is therefore a key component of delivering our sustainability strategy to protect food, people and our future".

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