Sustainable packaging – beverage carton industry

The packaging industry has seen its share of new developments and changes, especially in this day and age of increased awareness of economic and environmental concerns.

The increased awareness of economic and environmental concerns has led the packaging industry to new developments and changes.

The beverage carton industry has been able to cope with various challenges and continues to grow at a reliable rate. This allows manufacturers to develop increasingly improved beverage cartons that contribute to a better environment.

Beverage cartons have an advantage, primarily because it is made of wood fibre as their main component, which makes them easy to produce and to recycle. Another advantage is that they are designed to be less bulky and easier to store, while retaining the flavour and freshness of the product it contains.

Major beverage company TetraPak has recently launched several new design concepts. The DreamCap, an ergono-mically-designed, higher-neck closure extending over the pack’s edge, built for on-the-go consumption. Another one is the LightCap, with a larger-sized, easier-to-handle opening designed to keep plastic use and costs to a minimum. It is also suitable for ambient milk and oxygen-sensitive drinks.

Other key players in the beverage carton industry are stepping up, including SIG Combibloc, which has introduced a new lightweight closure for its slimline milk cartons that – at only 1.85 grams — weigh less than its previous milk carton. This fully-recyclable new design will significantly reduce the company’s carbon footprint, and save cost on raw materials for the company.

Meanwhile, another industry participant, the Dutch-run FrieslandCampina, has already switched to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited beverage cartons in the Benelux region. These cartons comply with FSC beverage packa- ging regulations which state that wood fibres for production should be traceable the whole way through the supply chain, and should only come from responsibly-managed forests.

These changes in the beverage carton industry undoubtedly show renewed creativity in dealing with economic and environmental concerns. Since consumers’ demand for beverage cartons are still consistent, these changes are set to continue for the long-term.