The greatness of carton

When it comes to sustainable packaging, there are not that many options that are better than carton. While fossil-based materials release new carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when extracted, plant-based materials are capable of binding it. The reason is that these materials constantly renew themselves in nature. Mainly made of paper fibers, carton becomes an important part of a much-needed circularity. The higher collection rate of cartons and other paper products, the higher number of fibers can be fed into a greater circular recycling model. That’s a real win for the environment. Make sure to recycle your cartons.

From forest to fork and back to nature

When building a circular economy, giving used products a new life is essential. Recycled fibers are a crucial source of raw materials, and prolonging their life cycle, without compromising their quality, has great value for our climate.

All Tetra Pak packages come from FSC®-certified forests (FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council®) and other controlled sources. They are also recyclable. The most preferred recycling process for used cartons consists in putting them through a mill where water is added to help separate the fibers. These fibers then help create paper pulp which turns the used cartons into new products like paper sheets, cereal boxes, moving boxes, pizza trays, and so on. Virgin wood fibers are long and strong fibers that gradually get shorter and weaker each time they are recycled – therefore, old and new fibers get mixed in the recycling process. Circularity in the true sense of the word.

Carton recycling

Joint forces with Fiskeby

Founded in 1637 in Norrköping, Fiskeby was one of Europe´s first paper producers. Today, the paperboard mill is not just the only one in Scandinavia to produce new paper-based products out of 100% recycled fiber, but it is also the only one to accept used food and beverage cartons for direct recycling. These come from all over Scandinavia. Fiskeby and Tetra Pak share the same goal of wanting to contribute and especially to lead the way in sustainable development. Our partnership has resulted in truly fruitful projects – such as “Kartongmatchen” which teaches new generations the benefits of collecting and recycling food and beverage cartons. Over the years, more than 300 000 middle school and preschool children in Sweden and Finland have participated. In 2022, the competition will be launched for the first time in Denmark.

Read more about Fiskeby and how they operate here:

Loading carton for recycling, Fiskeby
Carton recycling process, Fiskeby
Paper rolls, Fiskeby