Tetra Pak and Elvir join forces on carton packages using certified recycled polymers
Tetra Pak, in partnership with Elvir, a subsidiary of Savencia Fromage & Dairy, a French milk processor, has become the first carton packaging player in the food and beverage industry to launch a cap using certified recycled polymers, the companies say.
Elle & Vire chose the HeliCap 23 cap solution to complement its cream products, which are distributed in Tetra Brik Aseptic one-litre, Slim carton packages. This one-step resealable screwcap is manufactured at Tetra Pak’s Châteaubriant plant in Loire-Atlantique, France, a site that has been awarded the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Advanced Products certification and boosted by a €100 million investment to accelerate the transition to the production of tethered caps. The HeliCap 23 cap offers consumers ease of opening and features a clearly visible tamper evidence ring.
Chakib Kara, managing director France & Benelux at Tetra Pak, comments: “We are extremely proud of the work being done alongside Elle & Vire. Together, we are contributing to making recycling more economically viable, while addressing increasing consumer preference for responsible companies. Comparative studies show that, already today, our paper-based carton packages have a lower carbon footprint than alternative options, such as glass, plastic or metal packages. Deploying cartons integrating attributed recycled polymers represents a key step in our journey towards the ultimate sustainable food package, one that is fully made of responsibly sourced renewable or recycled materials, fully recyclable and carbon neutral.”
Annick Renou, global marketing director at Elvir, adds: “By adopting caps which integrate attributed recycled polymers, Elle & Vire is a pioneer in circularity. Based on recent research, approximately three in four French consumers are concerned with environmental issues, and the same number say that their purchase intention increases if a brand is addressing sustainability issues. I am sure this will strengthen our position in the cream market, while meeting the increasing expectations of our consumers.”
The new caps using attributed recycled polymers are manufactured under the RSB chain of custody attribution method. This means that the plastics are made of a mix of recycled and non-recycled materials, with the corresponding mass of recycled materials tracked throughout the Tetra Pak supply chain. This is verified by a third-party auditor according to the RSB Chain of Custody Procedure, which forms part of the RSB Advanced Products certification.
Marco Marchetti, VP packaging materials, sales and distribution solutions at Tetra Pak, concludes: “As a signatory of the Ellen MacArthur New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, Tetra Pak has pledged to incorporate a minimum of 10% recycled plastic content on average across carton packages sold in Europe by 2025. Having listened to Elle & Vire’s demands and activated our ecosystem of partners, such as INEOS and RSB, who are helping us to move away from virgin, fossil-based resources, we are now one step closer to reaching this goal.”