By Swathy Ramaswamy, Sr. Sustainability, Quality and Process Manager, Supply Chain
Packaging is a key component in protecting and transporting our products efficiently as they flow through our supply chain into the hands of the customer. Packaging also serves an important function in educating the customer on the features and functionality of our products while enhancing our AT&T brand.
Making packaging products from renewable resources that can be re-grown or replenished, can help offset the environmental and economic strain on our natural resources. It's good for the planet and good for the bottom line.
About Tetra Pak
Tetra Pak® is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people.
The issue of food waste has rightfully come front and center in the Western world, with staggering figures such as 40 percent waste in the US alone forcing us to find solutions. The problems that lead to food waste lie throughout the chain from production to distribution and consumption, which means countless opportunities for organizations across all sectors to innovate to tackle it.
The food industry uses packaging made from a variety of materials, including plastic, cardboard, polystyrene, and I could go on. Unfortunately, not all of these materials are recyclable. Cascades decided to take a close look at one type of packaging in particular: polycoated packaging. Across the world, two tonnes of polycoated cardboard are used every minute – that’s enough to cover the Empire State Building three times/hour! We had to find a solution!
Kingsey Falls, Québec, June 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Cascades is proud to announce the launch of Respak, the ecological answer to the environmental challenge of polycoated packaging products. Designed primarily for the food and food services industries, Respak is recyclable and compostable, without compromising on the performance and durability characteristic of traditional polycoated packaging.
KFC UK and Ireland is finding new ways to provide customers the high quality they depend on while also reducing its environmental impact. One way is through smart packaging changes, two of which have reduced packaging by more than 3 million pounds (1,400 tonnes) already – roughly the same weight as 127 double-decker buses.
The KFC team achieved this by switching from cardboard ‘clamshells’ to paper wrappers for Fillet and Zinger sandwiches and transitioned its classic chicken meals, the Colonel’s Meal and Variety Meal, from cardboard boxes to paper bags.
Ahead of the Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit 2014, Bacardi Limited’s global technical director, Stuart Lowthian, and global sustainability director, Dave Howson share their views on the future of sustainability and management.
All too often I hear the word “sustainability” used loosely to represent environmental performance. It bothers me because I believe it is important for people to recognize all three elements of sustainability: environmental, social and economic responsibility. At Sappi we constantly strive to balance these issues while juggling near- and long-term business strategies. When projects come together that have benefits across all three aspects, we know we’re on the right track.
We have continued to make improvements in reducing solid waste to landfill.
In 2013 our Somerset mill had a breakthrough in optimizing the lime kiln (see p.30) which resulted in less lime mud waste. In addition, reduced solid fuel rates led to less boiler ash being landfilled. Our mill in Cloquet, Minnesota, has developed a beneficial use program with the local agricultural extension program and provides boiler ash and lime mud as a soil amendment to local farmers. These materials help farmers raise the pH of soil, creating better growing conditions for certain crops.
All pulp and paper mills in North America use and treat water in accordance with comprehensive environmental permits.
Our North American mills use only surface water sources (rivers and lakes) and return treated water to the same primary source. (At Cloquet we return the water to a publicly owned treatment facility which then returns to Lake Superior.) Our water return is over 90 percent of intake, creating a minimal water footprint. Water that is “consumed” in our operations is primarily that which is lost through evaporation to the atmosphere. While our water usage was up slightly in 2013, our water quality indicators (BOD and TSS) remained flat or improved as reflected below.