Tetra Pak says that in 2013 it was able to increase its percentage of sustainable certified paperboard to 41 percent. The packaging company has an announced goal of using 100-percent certified paperboard by 2020.
Tetra Pak says, on average, 75 percent of its package is paperboard, made from wood. As a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified company, it is committed to sourcing from responsibly managed forests and other controlled sources with the aim of using 100 percent FSC certified paperboard. The amount rose from 38 percent in 2012.
Meanwhile, 32 billion Tetra Pak packages carrying the FSC-label reached consumers last year, an increase of more than 5 billion over 2012.
Long term, Tetra Pak aims to develop a fully renewable package. One major step forward in 2013 was the global release of the bio-based LightCap 30 made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) that is derived from sugar cane. Across the portfolio, 1.1 billion packages with such bio-based caps hit the market in 2013, almost doubling the number for 2012.