Protecting what’s good on our planet

At Tetra Pak, we commit to making food safe and available, everywhere. We provide safe, secure and sustainable products to our customers and consumers. Our packages are recyclable, low-carbon and made from renewable materials.

Tetra Pak has committed to supporting and working to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Improving our equipment utility consumption and reducing our waste generation, are just some of the ways we do it.

At Tetra Pak, we have a long history of progress when it comes to using sustainable materials in our products in order to contribute to a low-carbon circular economy. We are focused on making packages with the lowest possible environmental impact and are committed to reducing the use of fossil-­based plastics, while increasing the use of renewable materials.

In 2018, there were mounting concerns about plastic waste in the world. This has led to legislation on certain single-use plastic products that affect and challenge the consumer goods business, and the packaging business in particular. We are combatting the problem of plastic litter by developing a new generation of caps and closures, paper straws on portion packages, as well as caps that are tethered to our packaging.

Our vision is that all beverage packages be collected for recycling, with no cartons sent to landfills or turned into litter. We are therefore accelerating efforts with partners across our value chain to develop scalable solutions and establish effective collection systems for recycling.

Our sustainability approach is grounded in our brand promise: ProtectS What’s Good. This means of course protecting food, but also protecting our people and the com­munities we engage with, our business, our customers’ businesses, and the planet we all share.

Tetra Pak is committed to contribute to a low carbon circular economy by improving all the environmental profile of its products. During 2018, Tetra Pak’s latest generation of homogenizers, Tetra Pak® Homogenizer 250, was launched to increase cost efficiency and reduce environmental impact, without compromising food quality.

Tetra Pak now obtains 50% of its global electricity supply from renewable sources, putting the company firmly on course to meet its RE100 commitment of using only renewable electricity across all global operations by 2030.

Between 2012 and 2018 Tetra Pak invested more than €20 million in recycling infrastructures and built a worldwide network of collaborative partnerships with recyclers and customers.

In 2018 we partnered with Veolia to attain 100% recycling by 2025 of our polymers and aluminium (PolyAl) from recycled used beverage cartons in Europe.

Since 2010, the number of facilities recycling beverage cartons has increased from 40 to more than 160.

Tetra Pak delivered more than half a billion Tetra Rex® Bio-based packages, the world’s first beverage carton made entirely from renewable materials. The landmark event was announced at the Museum of Brands in London, where the package is featured in a new sustainability display.

Through governmental school feeding programmes, we have teamed up with our customers to bring nutritious products to 66 million children in 59 countries where we operate. Nine billion Tetra Pak packages were distributed through these programmes.

Tetra Pak’s factories and sites worldwide have maintained about the same energy consumption level (1100 GWh) over the last 14 years, despite a 29% growth in business over the same period and an increase in net sales.

CDP is a major platform for external environmental reporting, with four programmes; Climate, Water, Forests and Supply Chain. In 2018, for the third year in a row, Tetra Pak was awarded a sector leadership position for Climate. For the second year in a row, Tetra Pak received an A List rating – the highest score – for Forests and Supply Chain. These results reflect the fact that Tetra Pak has implemented a range of actions to manage climate change and prevent deforestation.