LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Tetra Pak achieves a significant milestone towards its goal of producing 100% renewable packaging with Nestle Brazil's launch of two popular milks brands in carton packaging featuring caps made with green polyethylene (PE).
The first ever use of plant-based polyethylene in carton packaging further strengthens Tetra Pak's renewability credentials, nudging still higher the average 73% of renewable material used to manufacture the company's broad portfolio. Over time, as the company increasingly adopts plant-based plastics, it expects to be able to offer a carton range that is 100% renewable.
The green polyethylene has been developed by Braskem, Brazil's largest petrochemical company, and is made out of sugar cane derivatives, which are polymerized in plastics for cap production.
"This is a key step in our renewability journey," said Tetra Pak President and CEO Dennis Jonsson. "Our cartons already have an excellent renewable material profile; now, with the introduction of caps using green polyethylene and our commitment to extend its use to other plastic components, the concept of a 100% renewable carton is becoming a reality."
Tetra Pak has a long history of responsible environmental practices and recently announced an ambitious environmental program designed to deliver on the company's ultimate aim of providing sustainable packaging using only renewable materials, achieving a minimal environmental footprint and creating zero waste.
About Tetra Pak
Tetra Pak is one of the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions companies. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, providing safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meets the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. With almost 22,000 employees based in over 85 countries they believe in sustainable approach to business.
Nestlé S.A. is one of the largest food and nutrition companies in the world, founded and headquartered in Switzerland. The company grew significantly during the First World War and following the Second World War, eventually expanding its offerings beyond its early condensed milk and infant formula products. Today, the company operates in 86 countries around the world and employs nearly 283,000 people.
Source: Tetra Pak