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Tetra Pak committed to sustainability

Released at: 13:22, 05/06/2019

Tetra Pak committed to sustainability

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Packaging company active in addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals.

by Doanh Doanh

Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, has released its Sustainability Report 2019, which highlights its strong commitment to building a low carbon, circular economy and a sustainability approach that covers the entire value chain, thereby reducing its climate change impact and eliminating carbon emissions from economies.

Tetra Pak is dedicated to supporting all of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and has prioritized those where the company could have the greatest influence and impact. The report also features Tetra Pak’s achievements in its sustainability journey based on its cutting-edge technologies, good management, and future human resources, etc.

The circular economy is a regenerative model that reduces waste and keeps materials in use for longer. As such, it is close to Tetra Pak’s business, which is designed to minimize waste and optimize the use of resources. The company has been implementing action plans to reduce the lifecycle impact of its packaging, processing, and service solutions, including fully renewable packaging, responsible sourcing, heavy investment in recycling, environmental-friendly technologies, eliminating climate impact, renewable energy, and sustainable supply chains.

In Vietnam, Tetra Pak adopts a global sustainable strategy to its local business. Although cartons are but a tiny fraction of total consumer packaging waste in the country, Tetra Pak Vietnam sustains a strong and abiding commitment to sustainable programs to promote carton package recycling through partnerships.

In particular, Tetra Pak Vietnam has established strong partnerships with four collectors and two recyclers and set up a chain of public drop-off stations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The company is planning to expand their partnerships in the future to promote carton package collection and recycling.

Tetra Pak Vietnam ran a school recycling initiative involving more than 2,000 primary schools around Vietnam during 2007-2013. Altogether, a million primary school students were encouraged to fold, flatten, and drop their used cartons into bins for recycling. In the years to come, the company’s intention is to expand this model to more than 1,000 schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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