When we talk about the environmental profile of a package – or how sustainable it is – there are a number of different aspects we have to take into consideration. For nearly 20 years, we at Tetra Pak have been using the lifecycle approach – thinking in terms of the life of a package, from cradle to cradle – to evaluate the environmental impact of our packages.
When you think about packaging you have to consider the savings and environmental impacts in the whole process of delivering food. At Tetra Pak, we commit to make food safe and available, everywhere, as stated in our mission. That’s the principle of packaging. If you incorporate sustainability, you have to consider the savings and impacts throughout the entire lifecycle: raw material from renewable resources, energy consumption for converting the raw materials, processing and filling machines, transportation concerns, including trucks, product to package ratios, and refrigeration, storage at the retail level, convenience and quality for the end consumer, and recycling.
- Is beneficial, safe and healthy for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle
- Meets market criteria for performance and cost
- Is sourced, manufactured, transported, and recycled using renewable energy
- Maximizes the use of renewable or recycled source materials
- Is manufactured using clean production technologies and best practices
- Is made from materials healthy in all probable end-of-life scenarios
- Is physically designed to optimize materials and energy
- Is effectively recovered and utilized in biological and/or industrial cradle-to-cradle cycles.
-Sustainable Packaging Coalition