Tetra Pak announces sustainability milestone on FSC Friday

As part of FSC Friday celebrations on 28 September, Tetra Pak announced it is on track to achieve its aim of purchasing 50% of its paperboard from FSC-certified forests in 2012 - a significant step towards its aim of 100% FSC-certified paperboard.

“Our long-term goal is to offer all our customers the option to use FSC-certified material for their cartons,” said Noel Ayre, Managing Director of Tetra Pak Oceania.

“Consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious and are seeking sustainably sourced products. We are excited to work with our customers on the introduction of FSC-certified cartons for their products.”

FSC-certified forests represent only about 4% of the world’s forest area, meaning that limited supply is the biggest obstacle to Tetra Pak’s aim of 100% FSC-certified paperboard.

Tetra Pak introduced the first FSC-certified cartons into Australia in 2011 with its customer Parmalat. Later this year, Freedom Foods and Harvey Fresh will both launch FSC-certified cartons.

Globally, Tetra Pak doubled the number of FSC-labelled packages delivered to its customers, with 18.4 billion packages distributed to consumers in 22 countries.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification means the wood content of paperboard is from responsibly managed forests and other controlled sources.

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