Tetra Pak rolls out 1st fully-recyclable package
The test results are in—after a successful introduction with Finland dairy Valio, Tetra Rex Bio-based containers are now available worldwide.
April 2, 2015
Lausanne, Switzerland—Following its successful introduction with Finnish dairy Valio, the world’s first fully renewable package, Tetra Rex Bio-based, is now being rolled out to Tetra Pak customers worldwide.
Valio has been selling its Valio Eila brand of lactose-free, semi-skimmed milk drink in Tetra Rex Bio-based for the past three months and now plans to use the fully renewable package for some other products in their range. At the same time, the company has also decided to use Tetra Pak’s 100 per cent bio-based closures for all their gable-top packages.
“After all of the hard work and significant investment that has gone into bringing this package to market, it is hugely rewarding to get such a positive response from both Valio and their consumers,” says Tetra Pak executive vice-president of product management & commercial operations Charles Brand.
Tetra Rex Bio-based is now available in a range of sizes, from 250ml to 2000ml, for all chilled milk specifications. The package will soon be deployed by more customers in Europe, and the company is already having discussions about launching it with dairy companies in other parts of the world.
\Tetra Rex Bio-based is manufactured solely from a combination of plastics derived from sugar cane and paperboard. Like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paperboard, the plastics can be traced back to their origin, affording the package the highest category of bio-based certification from Vincotte, the internationally-recognized assessment body.
The bio-based plastics used by Tetra Pak are produced by Brazilian chemical company, Braskem, which sources all of its feedstock from sugar cane grown on degraded pastures.
“Tetra Rex Bio-based offers customers a fully renewable package made from materials that can be traced back to their plant-based source. It’s good for the environment, and it’s excellent for communicating with consumers … the product they actually hold in their hands is derived entirely from plants. The pack that grows back,” says Brand.
Tetra Rex Bio-based scooped a Gold Award at the Pro2Pac Excellence Awards in the U.K. in March for being the world’s first carton made entirely from plant-based, renewable packaging materials.
The 100 per cent renewable package can be identified by the words “Tetra Rex® Bio-based” printed on the gable of the package.
About the Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC is a unique forum where stakeholders from around the world meet and, through strong multi-stakeholder processes, define essential social and environmental criteria for forest management. These fundamental principles are realized in forests worldwide through FSC certification. Find more information at www.fsc.org. The FSC license code for Tetra Pak is FSC™ C014047.
Read more about Valio at www.valio.com.
Tetra Pak information can be found at www.tetrapak.com.