Author: Ryan Collins
There are so many different types of food and drink packaging on the shelves nowadays. One type, Tetra Pak cartons, was created way back in the early 1950s, starting with a triangular pyramid (tetrahedron) shaped cream carton. While the shape of packaging has continued to evolve, so has their impact on the planet. Here are four things you may not know about Tetra Paks that relate to their sustainability.
Tetra Pak cartons are recycled in 49 countries around the world and over 80% of Australians have access to a council recycling collection that accepts them.
Their cartons are made from 75% renewable and responsibly sourced materials (for example, through Forest Stewardship Council certification).
Tetra Pak have reached 50% renewable electricity sourced in just two years since making the commitment to go 100% by 2030.
Tetra Paks get recycled into end products like cardboard, egg cartons, paper towels, roofing tiles, plastic crates and furniture. They’re continually working to expand markets for the recycled materials.
Find out if you can recycle milk and juice cartons in your council area via RecyclingNearYou.
Tetra Pak are a Supporting Sponsor of National Recycling Week. For other positive recycling stories, check out the 2018 National Recycling Week research report From Waste War to Recycling Reboot.
Ryan is the Recycling Programs Manager at Planet Ark. After nearly a decade working in the banking and finance industry Ryan was drawn to a career in environmental conservation that saw him work in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji. With a background in psychology and environmental management, Ryan’s role at Planet Ark since 2012 has been focused on developing engaging and positive environmental behaviour change programs to help everyone recycle and reduce waste.