Biodiversity loss has a devastating impact on our ecosystem, which we all count on for clean air, fresh water, food, and resources. The rate of species extinction is accelerating – every day 137 wildlife species are lost, driven largely by the clearing of forests for agriculture1.
It is time to act. Protection and restoration of nature will be essential to halting and reversing biodiversity loss and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions2.3. That is why we need to work together to restore ecosystems while producing food.
As part of our ambition towards fully renewable packaging, we are continuously exploring sustainable alternatives that shift us from high-carbon, fossil-based materials to low-carbon, renewable and responsibly sourced materials.
In our carton packages, all paperboard and plant-based polymers come from certified and other controlled sources – with our plant-based portfolio growing every year. To support responsible sourcing practices, we work with third-party certification standards such as Forest Stewardship CouncilTM 4, Bonsucro5, RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials), ASI (Aluminium Stewardship Initiative) and ISCC PLUS. These third-party standards help us to conserve and restore biodiversity, mitigate and adapt to climate change, contribute to global water resilience, and restore nature.6
We are also collaborators within the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 network to drive up the use and reuse of renewable materials for a low carbon future to reduce pressure on natural ecosystems.
1Mitchell, C. (2022). Deforestation: Clearing The Path For Wildlife Extinctions. Source: Worldanimalfoundation.org
2IPBES. (2019). The global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Source: Ipbes.net
3IPCC. (2021). Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. Source: Ipcc.ch
4Tetra Pak’s FSC license code is FSC™ C014047
7Sustainable food systems mean growing, producing, processing, packaging, distributing and consuming food without negatively impacting the planet. Retrieved from OECD. (2019). Accelerating Climate Action. Source: OECD iLibrary
8UN Water defines water security as "the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of and acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development, for ensuring protection against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters, and for preserving ecosystems in a climate of peace and political stability" (https://www.unwater.org/publications/water-security-and-global-water-agenda)
9Basins at risk are identified following the SBTN methodology, based on eight different indicators across water quantity, quality and wash. For each indicator, a score between 1 and 5 is attributed. Within these three categories, one indicator with a score of 3 or above indicates that the basin is at risk (https://sciencebasedtargetsnetwork.org/resources/)