Tethered caps for Tetra Pak® carton packages

Tethered caps are the latest additions to our range of openings and closures, allowing you to achieve your ambitions in three essential areas – food safety, food waste, and the environment – simultaneously. We are introducing them now, well ahead of the legal obligation, as part of our ambition to deliver the world's most sustainable food package1

Preventing litter

The EU Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Directive, which mandates that single-use beverage containers made with plastic will only be allowed on the market if their caps and lids remain attached, will come into force in July 2024. The directive is an integral part of the EU's wider approach announced in their Plastics Strategy and an important element of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan. In 2021, we began the deployment of our tethered caps. Today, a few months ahead of the enforcement of the EU Single Use Plastic (SUP) Directive, we are one step closer to the completion of our conversion programme, with 10 billion caps delivered to our customers in Europe. We continue to expand our tethered cap portfolio, including plant-based options using sugarcane-based polymers or ISCC-certified recycled polymers.2

Girl holding oranges

TwistCap OSO 34 Pro

The TwistCap OSO 34 Pro is a fully renewable one-step resealable tethered cap available for Tetra Rex® carton packages. It is based on a screw opening mechanism with tethered strings that keep the lid attached to the package. The proportions of the closure provide a good grip and it is easy to control pouring, also for viscous products. It is suitable for chilled liquid dairy products (LDP) and other liquid dairy products (OLDP). This one-step opening comes with a slitted tamper band which ensures that the product hasn't already been opened. It’s available in multiple colours so it can fit seamlessly with any packaging design.

Pouring milk from carton package

C38 Pro

The C38 Pro is a resealable and future-proof tethered cap. It is based on a screw opening mechanism and the cap stays attached to the package, helping to prevent litter. It also features a visible tamper band to make it clear when the package has been opened, helping to secure food protection. The opening size of 38mm ensures a smooth, even liquid flow, and it’s available in multiple colours so it can fit seamlessly with any packaging design. There is also a plant-based version of the cap available, which is made from polymers derived from sugar cane. This option increases the total amount of renewable content, which results in an expected CO2 reduction when compared with standard packaging.

Tethered cap C38 on Tetra Top carton package

HeliCap™ 26 Pro

The HeliCap™ 26 Pro features a new screw and flip concept with a self-locking hinge after opening, providing convenience for in-home consumption. This one-step opening comes with a clearly visible tamper evidence ring, ensuring the product hasn't already been opened, while the 26 mm opening area offers a smooth liquid flow. The HeliCap™ 26 Pro has a cutter-based opening mechanism and is applied after the package is filled and formed over a pre-laminated hole in the packaging material. A plant-based option, using HDPE made from sugarcane, is also available, increasing the product's overall renewable content.
Close-up HeliCap 26 Pro

HeliCap™ 23 Pro

The HeliCap™ 23 Pro is based on a screw opening mechanism, with tethered strings keeping the lid attached to the rest of the package. A clearly visible tamper evidence ring ensures the product hasn't already been opened, securing food protection. The HeliCap™ 23 Pro has a cutter-based opening mechanism and is applied after the package is filled and formed over a pre-laminated hole in the packaging material. Available in several different colours, there is also a plant-based option using HDPE made from sugarcane, increasing the product's overall renewable content.
Close-up HeliCap 23 Pro

DreamCap™ 26 Pro

The DreamCap™ 26 Pro features a new screw and flip concept with a self-locking hinge after opening, for consumer convenience while drinking. This one-step opening comes with a clearly visible tamper evidence ring, ensuring the product hasn't already been opened. Designed to suit facial geometry, its 26 mm opening size ensures an optimal beverage flow, offering a comfortable drinking experience that's especially well-suited for demanding on-the-go consumers. The DreamCap™ 26 Pro has a cutter-based opening mechanism and is applied after the package is filled and formed over a pre-laminated hole in the packaging material. A plant-based option, using HDPE made from sugarcane, is also available, increasing the product's overall renewable content.
Close-up DreamCap 26 Pro

LightWing™ 30

The LightWing™ 30 is a new flip cap concept with a self-locking hinge, developed to provide convenience for in-home consumption. The closure snaps shut for later consumption. The neck of the closure is moulded in the filling machine directly onto the packaging material using the direct injection moulding concept (DIMC). It is moulded flat against the product side of the packaging material, creating a large flat pouring area of 30 mm that delivers excellent pouring. The lid is applied downstream. Available in several different colours, there is also a plant-based option using polymers derived from sugarcane, increasing the product's overall renewable content.
Tetra Pak carton with LightWing flip cap opening

Tetra Pak has in 2023 attained the Rheumatism Association Easy to Use certification of the following Tethered caps and packages:

DreamCap™26 Pro på Tetra Prisma ® Aseptic 200 Edge

DreamCap ™ 26 Pro på Tetra Prisma ® Aseptic 250 Edge

DreamCap ™ 26 Pro på Tetra Prisma ® Aseptic 330 Square

HeliCap ™ 23 Pro på Tetra Brik ® Aseptic 200 Edge

HeliCap ™ 23 Pro på Tetra Brik ® Aseptic 250 Edge

HeliCap ™ 23 Pro på Tetra Brik ® Aseptic 1000 Slim

HeliCap ™ 26 Pro på Tetra Gemina ® Aseptic 500 Square

HeliCap ™ 26 Pro på Tetra Gemina ® Aseptic 750 Square

HeliCap ™ 26 Pro på Tetra Gemina ® Aseptic 1000 Square

HeliCap ™ 26 Pro på Tetra Prisma ® Aseptic 1000 Square

HeliCap ™ 26 Pro på Tetra Prisma ® Aseptic 750 Square

LightWing™ 30 på Tetra Brik ® Aseptic 500 Edge

LightWing™ 30 på Tetra Brik ® Aseptic 1000 Edge

LightWing™ 30 på Tetra Brik ® Aseptic 1500 Edge

LightWing™ 30 på Tetra Brik ® Aseptic 1000 Ultra Edge

LightWing™ 30 på Tetra Stelo ® Aseptic 500 Edge

LightWing™ 30 på Tetra Stelo ® Aseptic 1000 Edge

Easy to Use is the Rheumatism Association's certification of products and packaging. The certification is unique and is based on product tests conducted by individuals with impaired hand function. The Rheumatism Association's test is a scientifically developed method, aiming to provide a supportive tool for manufacturers and producers of products.

A product is tested by a panel consisting of individuals with impaired hand function. The panel's assessment is verified through comparison with a larger reference group, as each test panel is unique. By combining the panel's abilities and assessment of the product, a standardized evaluation of the product's usability for people with impaired hand function is obtained. The result of the product assessment is compiled by calculating the average rating of the test group for each use case. The test group's results are calibrated proportionally against the calculated correction factor. Packaging and products that pass these usability tests become Easy to Use certified.

1This means creating cartons that are fully made of renewable or recycled materials, that are responsibly sourced, therefore helping protect and restore our planet's climate, resources and biodiversity; contributing towards carbon-neutral production and distribution; are convenient and safe, therefore helping to enable a resilient food system; are fully recyclable

2The certified recycled polymers used in the caps, tops and coatings of some of our carton packages are produced under the ISCC chain of custody attribution method. This means that the plastics are made of a mix of recycled and non-recycled materials, but that the corresponding mass of recycled materials has been tracked throughout the Tetra Pak supply chain.