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Tetra Pak wins EuroCham award for Best Sustainable Business Initiatives

Released at: 19:38, 30/10/2019

Tetra Pak wins EuroCham award for Best Sustainable Business Initiatives

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Swedish processing and packaging solutions provider recognized for sustainable work in Vietnam.

by Doanh Doanh

Tetra Pak, the Sweden-based food processing and packaging solutions provider, received an award for Best Sustainable Business Initiatives from the European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) in recognition of its sustainable work in Vietnam.

It picked up the award for its efforts in minimizing the environmental footprint of its operations and developing fully recyclable carton packaging as well as leading the way to a circular economy.

Tetra Pak ultimately wants no cartons to end up as litter or in landfill. Following on from the success of its School Recycling 2017 program piloted at 30 kindergartens in Ho Chi Minh City, Tetra Pak is expanding the carton packaging collection campaign to roughly 1,000 primary schools in the city and in Hanoi this year with a view to raising students’ awareness about environmental protection.

Apart from partnering with local recyclers, the company is actively engaged with community organizations to establish and expand the chain of public drop-off stations so that consumers can bring their used cartons for collecting and recycling. Tetra Pak currently has a network of 22 drop-off stations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Tetra Pak and eight flagship consumer goods and packaging companies have also aligned to form a new recycling initiative called the Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam), to drive the circular economy and ensure packaging recycling is more accessible and sustainable around the country.

Its carton packages are made from Forest Stewardship Council-certified cartons. The company has recently started field testing paper straws for beverage products in Europe, becoming the first carton packaging company to launch paper straws in the region.

Going forward, Tetra Pak is making good progress to reach a 42 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Similarly, it proceeds to achieving its commitment to 100 per cent renewable electricity for operations by 2030.

In Vietnam, Tetra Pak is strongly committed to facilitating a circular economy and making food safe and available for all while protecting the planet for future generations.

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