Tetra Pak secures third-party certification and product labelling of its sugarcane-derived packaging

By Jenny Eagle contact

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Tetra Pak's Bonsucro approved sugar cane packaging. Photo: Tetra Pak.
Tetra Pak's Bonsucro approved sugar cane packaging. Photo: Tetra Pak.

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Tetra Pak, and its supplier Braskem, has become the first company in the food and beverage industry to responsibly source plant-based polymers using the Bonsucro standards for sustainable sugar cane.

The announcement is part of Tetra Pak’s commitment to drive ethical and responsible business practices across global supply chains, while lowering the carbon footprint of its packaging.

Environmental logos

We’ve seen a growing trend of consumers wanting to do more for the planet, and they look to brands to help. Today 91% of consumers look for environmental logos when shopping, and Bonsucro Chain of Custody Certification can be used to communicate credible information to consumers,​” said Mario Abreu, VP sustainability, Tetra Pak.  

Our plant-based polymers are fully traceable to their sugarcane origin. We see plant-based materials as playing a key role in achieving a low-carbon circular economy. In the future all polymers we use will either be made from plant-based materials or from post-consumption recycled food grades​.” 

The announcement is part of Tetra Pak’s Planet Positive initiative, which urges industry stakeholders to take a broader view of sustainability, evolving the concept of circular economy to a low-carbon circular economy.  

The plant-based polymers used in some Tetra Pak cartons, like their closures, are produced from sugarcane.  

Bioethanol

Plant-based polymer supplier Braskem has now reached 100% Bonsucro certified volumes of sugarcane derived bioethanol for Tetra Pak’s plant-based packaging, establishing full supply chain transparency. 

PLANET POSITIVE

Tetra Pak recently launched Planet Positive, an initiative which urges industry stakeholders to take a broader view of sustainability, evolving the concept of Circular Economy to a Low-Carbon Circular Economy. It represents a new way of thinking, inspiring suppliers, customers and other businesses to come together to address the pressing global environmental issues of climate and waste, going beyond recycling and reuse to include the carbon impact of raw materials and manufacturing. 

Gustavo Sergi, renewable business unit leader, Braskem, said it has been working with Tetra Pak for more than 10 years, and Bonsucro Chain of Custody reinforces the Responsible Ethanol Sourcing Program from Braskem with the assurance and traceability of the entire sugarcane value chain. 

Bonsucro provides a global platform for collective action to accelerate sustainability in the production and processing of sugarcane,​” added Danielle Morley, CEO, Bonsucro. 

“Working with Tetra Pak to achieve third-party certification and product labelling of their sugarcane-derived packaging is a milestone. Customers can be assured our rigorous sustainability standard has been met. ​ 

We are excited to continue to support responsible sourcing at Tetra Pak and for the contribution that certified sustainable sugarcane can make to plant-based packaging​.” 

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