Tetra Pak cartons to carry the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label!

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Tetra Pak cartons to carry FSC logo

Tetra Pak cartons to carry FSC logo

Recently we had a guest post from Jenny Walden, Tetra Pak recycling officer, about their latest recycling news.

We promised to keep you in the know about any updates.

Now we can share that over 1.5 billion Tetra Pak cartons are to carry the  Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label!
It means milk, juice and liquid food brands will be able to sport the FSC logo across many, if not all, of their packs within the next 12 months.
Brands such as Princes, Ribena, Rubicon, Moo, Innocent and many retail own label products packed in Tetra Pak cartons will be included.

This is part of the company’s ongoing drive to attain certified traceability from forest to consumer according to the highest available standard, FSC. The development will see supply increase from 200 million FSC-certified packs available globally in 2008, to over 1.5 billion packs, in the UK & Ireland alone.

All the European mills supplying Tetra Pak’s paperboard have FSC Chain of Custody certification in place, demonstrating traceability and acceptability of the board used.

Tetra Pak is a member of the WWF Climate Savers Programme and is on track to achieve its global commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 10% by 2010.

As we have shown in previous articles, Tetra Pak is also committed to increasing the recycling of its cartons, which can be used as raw material for other products.  In 2008 25.6 billion cartons were recycled, up 64% since 2002. Over the next year, 75% of the cartons made by Tetra Pak for the UK & Ireland will become FSC-certified.

This is great news for consumers who care about a sustainable lifestyle and for Tetra Pak who continue to improve their eco credentials!

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  1. Mr Green says:

    This is very good news and another important step forward in making Tetra Pak the best environmentally friendly choice for packaging.

  2. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    TetraPaks will be collected in the new commingled recycling bins which should help eliminate landfill/EfW outcomes. Aiming for sustainable sources is worthwhile and an alternative internal lining is a must for future design.

    There will be council demonstrations of the new blue wheelie system over the next few weeks which will give me the chance to get full details and best practice tips. Hopefully, this will end the misinformation and secrecy involved in commingled recycling.

    The new system may be quite limited from our perspective but the idea is to include more participation. Further progress can be achieved later by improving contacts with council and waste companies. My own choices may be little changed, with margarine tubs, for baking, the main one. Plastic caps may not be included and labels may have to be kept on tins/plastic bottles to avoid sticky surfaces. I hope to clear these matters and others at the recycling demo.

  3. Julia says:

    That’s great, thanks for sharing!

  4. This is really good news and is a pertinent step in the supply chain process too. Tetra Pak has such a key holding in the carton sector that it’s great to see them taking sustainability to that extra level. It can also have a positive impact further up the chain.

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