Earth911 Podcast: Tetra Pak’s Lisa Ryden Explains the Path to Carton Carbon Reduction

Earth911 talks with Lisa Ryden, Sustainable Improvement Director at Tetra Pak, the world’s largest carton producer about its 2021 corporate sustainability report and the steps the corporate is taking to scale back its environmental impression. Tetra Pak has established itself globally, promoting 183 billion cartons in 2020. The model title has turn into synonymous with cartons in lots of areas, the place they’re known as a “Tetra.”

Lisa shares the corporate’s 2030 targets and explains a number of the challenges of decreasing its carbon emissions by 46% in comparison with 2019 and reaching net-zero Scope 1 and a couple of emissions by the tip of the last decade. Prior to now yr, Tetra Pak has launched a plant-based carton made with renewable supplies, shipped 12 billion caps produced from plant-based supplies, and so they changed the aluminum liner utilized in early generations of cartons with a polymer that has a 25% decrease carbon footprint. Tetra Pak’s CO2 emissions peaked in 2010 and it has lowered the amount of meals waste in its manufacturing processes by 50% over the previous decade.

Lisa Ryden, Director of Sustainable Development at Tetra Pak
Lisa Ryden, Director of Sustainable Improvement at Tetra Pak, is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear.

Cartons symbolize an rising different to plastic packaging for drinks and meals. The one beverage class that fiber cartons can’t serve are carbonated drinks, and extra meals producers are contemplating cartons for, amongst different issues, cheese — Tetra Pak just lately launched a cheese packaging answer. Tetra Pak has greater than 170 recycling processor companions globally. The corporate studies that 27% of the cartons it made in 2020 had been recycled and has set a purpose of reaching 70% recycling charges in Europe by 2030. Cartons stay a recycling challenge in the U.S., the place there are solely three carton recycling processing services — this makes recycling cartons much less sustainable as a result of they have to be shipped a thousand miles in lots of circumstances to be processed.

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