Tetra Pak launches packaging using Bonsucro-certified sustainable sugarcane

22nd November 2019

Bonsucro has partnered with Tetra Pak and their supplier Braskem making Tetra Pak the first company in the food packaging and processing industry to source plant-based plastic responsibly using the Bonsucro Chain of Custody Standard. This exemplifies their mutual commitment for industry-wide collaboration, in order to bring responsible and ethical business as well as innovation to supply chains.

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Danielle Morley, CEO of Bonsucro on the new partnership: “We are delighted to join forces with Tetra Pak and Braskem as they drive their new strategy which makes sustainability central to their way of doing business. Together we want to speed up the transition towards good responsible sugarcane practices and bio-based packaging”.

Plant-based polymer supplier Braskem has now reached 100% Bonsucro certified volumes of sugarcane derived bioethanol for Tetra Pak’s plant-based plastic solutions, establishing full supply chain transparency.

The use of plant-based materials helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as driving the need for sustainable innovation. The plant-based plastics used in some Tetra Pak packages are produced from Bonsucro certified sugarcane.

According to Mario Abreu, VP Sustainability, Tetra Pak: “We’ve seen a growing trend of consumers wanting to do more for the planet, and they look to brands to help. Today 91% of consumers look for environmental logos when shopping, and Bonsucro Chain of Custody Certification can be used to communicate credible information to consumers, thereby helping our customers differentiate their products. Our goal is to produce all our packaging using responsibly managed materials. We see plant-based materials as playing a key role in achieving a low-carbon circular economy.” 

About Bonsucro

Bonsucro is a global non-profit organisation that exists to promote sustainable sugarcane production, processing and trade around the world. Bonsucro supports a community of over 500 members in more than 40 countries, from all elements of the sugarcane supply chain, including, farmers, millers, traders, buyers and civil society. Its vision is a sugarcane sector with thriving, sustainable producer communities and resilient, assured supply chains.  Bonsucro has multi-stakeholder involvement and is recommended by WWF for sustainable sugar sourcing. It is also a member of ISEAL, the global membership association for credible sustainability standards.

About Tetra Pak

Together with our customers we make food safe and available, everywhere. Since the start in 1951 we have taken pride in providing the best possible processing and packaging solutions for food. Tetra Pak is one of three companies in the Tetra Laval Group – a private group that started in Sweden. The other two companies are DeLaval and Sidel. Tetra Laval is headquartered in Switzerland.

Find more information at www.tetrapak.com

About Braskem

Braskem is the largest thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas. With 36 industrial plants spread in Brazil, the United States and Germany, the company produces over 16 million tons of thermoplastic resins and other petrochemical products annually. As the largest biopolymer producer in the world, Braskem has capacity to produce 200 thousand tons/year of polyethylene from sugar cane ethanol.

Find more information at www.braskem.com