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Renewable

Does it matter where packaging materials originate from? We believe it does. By choosing renewable packaging, you are ensuring there are enough natural resources for future generations and you are selecting materials which have a positive impact on the planet. Not to mention the reduced carbon footprint. In Elopak we have a vision to provide a 100% renewable carton. And here’s how we’re doing it.

 

Renewable Forestry

Elopak’s cartons consist of on average 75 % paperboard, which is naturally made from a renewable resource, the forest.

One of the main threats to forests is illegal logging, threatening eco-systems and livelihoods. Well-managed forests absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and therefore play an important role in the carbon cycle. The destruction and degradation of forests worldwide leads to an increase of the atmospheric CO2 concentration and is devastating to the climate and the planet. 

Since Elopak’s main raw material is derived from forests, we take responsible forest management seriously. We committed to source all our paperboard from legal and acceptable sources in accordance with the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) by 2015; a commitment we have successfully fulfilled.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non- profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC sets high standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way. In addition, FSC includes a certified Chain-of-Custody (CoC) system for every stage in the supply chain, from forest to final user.

Verification through the supply chain in accordance to FSC CoC standards ensures that the final, labeled product is made with material sourced from FSC-certified forest and other controlled sources.

For more information on FSC, see http://www.fsc.org

 

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Renewable Barriers

But we don’t just stop at 75% renewability. Our cartons have a thin layer of polyethylene (PE) that protects the product inside it, as well as a polymer screw cap for easy opening, pouring and closing. Like most other plastics, PE is traditionally made of petroleum, a non-renewable fossil resource. However, our latest innovation offers a renewable alternative to fossil-based PE which further reduces the CO2 footprint of our cartons, giving an environmental advantage over other packaging materials. 

Using renewable raw materials requires credible proof of sustainability and Elopak will only use certified materials.

The certified renewable polyethylene is produced from biomass from second generation feedstock. This is sourced within Europe and is not in competition with human food supply. It is sourced in accordance with the criteria of the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification PLUS System (ISCC PLUS). This is a global certification scheme covering all kinds of biomass production through the entire value chain. ISCC ensures biomass production which complies with environmental, climate and social requirements.

You can read more about ISCC at http://www.iscc-system.org

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Renewable Energy

Energy use accounts for a large part of our CO2 emissions and efforts to reduce energy consumption are a high priority. We are focusing on two key strategies on the path to a renewable energy future. These include undertaking energy efficiency measures across the company and reducing emissions associated with the purchase of energy.

In 2015, Elopak became the first packaging company and the first Norwegian company to join the RE100 campaign, committing to sourcing 100% renewable electricity from 2016 onwards for all production units and offices worldwide, excluding two joint ventures.

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You can read more on these initiatives in the latest Environmental Report.