Tetra Pak marks 500 bn FSC-certified packages

Tetra Pak has delivered more than 500 billion packages labelled with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo globally.

13 Sep 2019 | By WhatPackaging? Team

Tetra Pak launched its first FSC-certified package with UK-based J Sainsbury in 2007

Mario Abreu, VP sustainability at Tetra Pak said, “Having achieved full FSC Chain of custody certification for all our operations, we can supply FSC labelled packages from anywhere in the world. Climate change and resource scarcity are impacting society and the food industry. FSC directly supports the sustainable forest management target under Sustainable Development Goal 15, while also contributing to targets of fewer than 14 other SDGs.”

The FSC logo enables consumers to choose brands that are committed to sustainable forestry, with 30% of consumers globally have seen or heard of the FSC label. Tetra Pak launched its first FSC-certified package with UK-based J Sainsbury in 2007.

Ivan Pavic, manager global plastics and liquid packaging procurement for Friesland Campina, said, “Tetra Pak’s achievement contributes to our target to source 100% certified paper board by 2020. The increase of FSC certifications enables us to strengthen our claims on deforestation-free products and reduced global carbon footprint. We will continue to collaborate with Tetra Pak on increasing responsible sourcing in order to improve traceability upstream.”

According to Tetra Pak’s environmental research, the number of consumers who are looking for environmental logos when shopping has increased. In 2013, 37% of consumers said that they are often looking for environmental logos on the products as compared to 54% in 2019.

Igor Popovic, global account director PepsiCo at Tetra Pak, said, “Responsible sourcing is a growing area of synergy with our customers. We set a roadmap towards 100% FSC certified volumes with PepsiCo that we have completed earlier this year. These actions allow both companies to contribute to sustainable forest management and actively engage consumers in this journey.”

 “Going forward we will ensure every supplier is committed to increase and maintain FSC certified volumes above 70%,” added Abreu.

Tetra Pak aims to deliver all packages with the FSC label as a long-term goal.

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