Tetra Pak’s approach to sustainability is shaped by its brand promise ‘protect what’s good’. This encompasses the commitment of protecting food, people and futures.
Tetra Pak is a sponsor of Planet Ark’s Recycling Near You and National Recycling Week as part of its commitment to supporting the transition to a low-carbon circular economy.
Tetra Pak is working towards a low-carbon circular economy that has minimal climate impact across the entire value chain, without compromising on food safety or quality. It is working to achieve this by delivering food and beverage packaging with the lowest carbon footprint and highest material efficiency and increasing the rate of carton recycling globally.
Tetra Pak engaged an independent third-party to conduct a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) that compared the environmental performance of Tetra Pak cartons to a range of packaging used for the same foods and beverages. The study found that in Australia cartons have the lowest or equal lowest carbon footprint of all packaging assessed including glass, cans, and plastic.
This is because cartons are made mostly of paper fibre, which is renewable, and they use very little material to package the food or beverage they keep safe. Find out more about the peer-reviewed study conducted on behalf of Tetra Pak.
Today, a majority of Australians have access to carton recycling through their kerbside collection or Container Deposit Scheme. These cartons are recycled into paper and cardboard products such as boxes, paper towels and tissues, typically by paper mills in South East Asia.
To increase collection and recycling rates in Australia, Tetra Pak has reached an agreement with saveBOARD to establish the first local recycling facility for beverage cartons in New South Wales. The facility will create a high-performance building material like chipboard from recycled cartons. This will reduce dependency on exporting cartons overseas and increase the number of cartons collected for recycling.
Tetra Pak is working with stakeholders across the whole recycling value chain. Recycling used packaging is a shared responsibility among food and beverage companies, packaging suppliers, waste management service providers, government, and consumers. The success of this recycling solution will depend on three important factors.
- Increased awareness: Helping consumers recycle their cartons correctly.
- Improved collection and sorting infrastructure: Support from national and local government for increasing collection and better sorting of cartons for local recycling.
- Growing demand for recycled materials: Without a strong market for recycled materials, there is no incentive to collect and sort recyclables and produce products made from recycled materials.
What to know more?
Learn more about carton recycling in Australia.
See if you can recycle your cartons in your household recycling bin by checking the beverage cartons page on Recycling Near You.
To learn more about Tetra Pak’s sustainability initiatives, visit the Tetra Pak website.