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Arla teams up with Sig to offer 100% plant-based, renewable packaging.

Posted on May 21, 2018 9:21:00 PM

Arla has begun to use the bio-based Signature pack for its organic product range“We have found a partner who shares our vision of creating a more sustainable future by doing more for the environment and reducing the consumption of fossil resources.”

A range of packaging has been developed in Germany and adopted by a food manufacturer in the country that offers major environmental benefits over fossil fuel-based alternatives: a carton pack that is 100% linked to plant-based renewable materials. Created by Sig, each container is aluminium-free, has a carbon footprint that is 72% lower and which uses less CO2 in their production than a standard carton pack of the same format.

The food and drink manufacturer, Arla, has begun to use the Signature Pack cartons for its latest range of organic dairy products, part of a commitment from the company to lessen its impact on the environment. The Signature cartons are made from 77% paper board and 23% plant-based polymers through mass balancing, a process that means an equivalent amount of bio-based feedstock went into the manufacturing of the polymers.

The latest partnership with Sig furthers an environmental commitment from Arla that at the beginning of the year helped the packaging giant, Tetra Pak, to hit the half a billion unit mark for its plant-based packaging product, Tetra Rex. First launched in Scandinavia, the home of Arla, Tetra Pak's drink packaging is constructed solely from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paperboard and controlled sources, with all its ingredients fully traceable to its plant origin.

Commenting on the latest work Sig has done with Arla, the Europe president at Sig, Martin Herrenbrueck, said: “With Arla we have found a partner who shares our vision of creating a more sustainable future by doing more for the environment and reducing the consumption of fossil resources,” who added that by choosing it, Arla was getting the full benefit of what he called a “global innovation”.

In related news, the food and drink manufacturer Princes, which produces Napolina, Flora and Batchelors, has said that by the beginning of October it will use plastic that is made up of 51% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET). Intended for all of its branded and own-label bottles, a spokesperson from the company that it’s reported produces around 7% of all plastic bottles used in the UK, was a significant step for the company and the grocery industry as a whole.


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