On average, the paperboard content of our beverage cartons is more than 70% which is a renewable material when sourced responsibly. The paperboard we use comes from FSC™ certified forests and other controlled sources for the sustainable use of forest resources.
Using less plastic and more paperboard alone is not enough to lower carbon emissions in line with the 1.5-degree target. Global reliance on wood-based materials can increase the risk of forest degradation and deforestation. Deforestation is a key driver of nature loss, which is why we are committed to sourcing only from sustainably managed and deforestation-free areas1 by using Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™).
For the manufacturing of carton packaging, we purchase solely a speciality paperboard product called Liquid Packaging Board (LPB). LPB accounts for over 97% of our global purchase of wood and wood-based materials (others include wooden pallets, machine crates and office papers) and is one of the highest-demanding specifications in papermaking.
1Sourcing wood fibre from responsibly managed forests is our way of doing business. It is our way to ensure biodiversity, ecosystem functions and high conservation values (see definition in Section 6) are maintained, and that human rights are respected.
2The FSC license code for Tetra Pak is FSC™ C014047.
3Controlled sources are FSC controlled wood. This wood originates from low-risk sources that exclude illegally harvested wood, wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights, wood harvested in forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities, wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use and wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted. Controlled wood can make up a maximum of 30% of FSC MIX certified wood fibre. More information: https://fsc.org/en/fsc-mix-label-and-controlled-wood
4The deforestation cut-off date 31 Dec 2020 has been updated to match the updated FSC Remedy and Restoration framework, as well as EU regulation on deforestation-free products. Deforestation-free areas are areas where there has been no loss of natural forest as a result of: i) conversion to agriculture or other non-forest land use; ii) conversion to a tree plantation; or iii) severe and sustained degradation.
5We define credible certification schemes as those that are members of ISEAL and compliant with ISEAL Code of Good Practice.
6Defined as at a minimum traceable to the level of primary processor (e.g., to a LPB mill), but preferably to the forest management unit, in line with coming regulatory requirements. Generally speaking, the concept of traceability refers to the tracking of a product throughout its production, processing and distribution phases, from the procurement of the raw materials for its manufacture until it reaches the end consumer.