Since the environmental impact of packaging is in effect that of the entire supply chain that produced it, Tetra Pak works very closely with its suppliers.

May 08 - May 14, 2006

A package produced through an environmentally-sound process protects the environment because it results in a product that has a low impact throughout its lifecycle It consumes fewer resources, saves energy, is recoverable and is consumer friendly.

Tetra Pak is synonymous with packaging that uses a minimum of materials (renewability) and in line with its motto protects what's good, i.e. the environment. Tetra Pak's common sense approach to business and the environment dictates that the principle of material minimisation or source reduction extends to all its packaging. After all, less material means less overall resources, less cost and less waste, thus lighter ecological footprint. Tetra Pak's beverage cartons are an efficient use of resources: a filled carton is 97% contents and 3% packaging by weight. That is only possible by using a combination of different materials. In the case of beverage cartons they are paperboard, PE and aluminium in the cases of long shelf life products. The amount of material used in cartons has been steadily decreasing thanks to technology improvements.

A beverage carton is an efficient package for foods, made largely from paper - a renewable resource. It is a cost-efficient package for juice, milk and other liquid foods around the world. It protects what's good: sensitive products against the effects of air, microorganisms and light. Aseptic beverage cartons can keep the contents fresh at room temperature for 6 months or more. A 1-litre beverage carton weighs only 26 grams or about 3% of the total weight of the filled carton. Liquid foods in aseptic cartons require no refrigeration --> saving energy. The rectangular shape of the carton takes up less space during distribution --> lower emissions & savings in energy. Cartons are 75% paper, a natural and renewable resource.

Since the environmental impact of packaging is in effect that of the entire supply chain that produced it, Tetra Pak works very closely with its suppliers.

Tetra Pak's environmental policy requires that its suppliers continuously improve the environmental impact of their operations. Its suppliers are involved in forestry management certification systems.

Continuous improvement is very much linked to technological advances. Tetra Pak is in the process of introducing a new layer in its board that uses up to 50% less wood resulting in a package that is 4 to 7% lighter.

Environmental management is resource management. And transport is a big consumer of energy. Tetra Pak packaging systems economise on transport by sending empty packages to fillers in a compact and lightweight form. Cartons are shipped flattened or in reels. Such savings can be considerable. One truck can carry packaging material in reel form to produce half a million packages, whereas the same number of full packages requires 20 trucks. In what regards the filled product, a truck carrying filled Tetra Brik cartons is carrying 95% product and only 5% packaging, which helps to contain both environmental and economic costs of transport.

When it comes to the last stage of the lifecycle of its products, Tetra Pak is actively participating in packaging waste recycling schemes. Today Tetra Pak ensures that all used cartons that are collected will find a recycling facility where the resources they contain will be converted into useful products. Tetra Pak's mission statement clearly states that addressing the environment is part of the way it does business. It is also the foundation for everything it does in relation to the environment. It recognises that its activities, like all other activities on our planet, have an impact on the environment. However, it is trying hard to minimise and manage these impacts. This also helps in making it a successful company, a company that has caring practices to create a better natural world where humans can live in harmony with nature including endeavours in conserving resources and effective waste management in its areas of operations.

Tetra Pak cartons make healthy and nutritious products available in a cost efficient way to an increasingly larger amount of the world's population. Without being properly processed, packed and distributed milk will be only consumed in certain times of the year in places near a cow, thus limiting the benefits it brings to human well being.