​Tetra Recart® - More environmentally sound carton food packaging

Canned food two centuries smarter

The world’s first retortable food carton is a more environmentally sound packaging alternative for foods normally packed in cans or jars, such as vegetables, tomatoes, ready meals, soups, sauces and pet food.

Made mainly from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paperboard, Tetra Recart is the first paper-based packaging material rugged enough to withstand the retorting process. Canned food has been around for two centuries. Tetra Recart is the modern, reimagined and smarter version.

Mindful consumers

Are you one of the growing numbers of “mindful consumers” who think about the environmental impact of the products they put in their shopping basket?

Survey after survey shows that environmentally conscious consumers are increasingly demanding more sustainable products. And not only the food products themselves, but also the packaging they are sold in.

As consumer demand for more sustainable alternatives grows, food companies are under more pressure to prove theirs environmental credentials.

Five environmental reasons to choose Tetra Recart

Reduced carbon footprint

No matter where we live in the world, the effects of our increasing carbon emissions are becoming more apparent. As a result, consumers are increasingly conscious of the impact their purchasing decisions and lifestyle choices have on the planet, whether it is travelling by plane or train – or choosing between chopped tomatoes in a carton, steel can or glass jar at their local supermarket.

The findings of an independent study show that compared to other types of canned food packaging, Tetra Recart has by far the smallest carbon footprint.

The pack "grows back"

As the world’s population continues to grow and natural resources rapidly diminish, there is a growing realisation that we need to do more with less.

Not only are people increasingly mindful today about what they eat, they are also more concerned about how that food is packaged.

This increased focus on environmentally sound consumption is driving the development of more sustainable business practices and leading towards a circular economy that is low carbon. This is where waste is eliminated and materials and resources are kept in use as long as possible.

Forward-thinking forestry

Consumers want to know where the things they buy come from, how they are made, and the impact they have on the world around them.

Businesses today need to show consumers that they care about the origin of their products, and the environmental impact of making them, as much as they do.

All the paperboard in Tetra Recart packages comes from FSC-certified forests and other controlled sources, proof of our commitment to responsible forestry and tackling deforestation.

Fewer trucks on the road

Tetra Recart® carton packages are efficient to transport because of their rectangular shape and light weight.

Six to ten times more empty Tetra Recart® carton packages can be transported on a single truck compared with cans. When it comes to filled packages, you can get 10–20% more units per truck compared with cans.

Fewer trucks on the road

A new life for packages

We believe recycling is crucial for developing a low-carbon circular economy.

Recycling prevents littering, saves resources and reduces climate impact. Tetra Recart carton packages can be recycled so that they get new life. And we are constantly looking for new ways to extend the life of the raw materials used in our products.

Recycling avoids the environmental costs of mining or extracting new materials. While manufacturing products from recycled materials typically requires less energy, too.

Our environmental end-to-end offer

Tetra Recart is a key component in a wide-range of products, services, and solutions that can help you unlock environmental sustainability value for your business.