SIG is to raise the proportion of fibre in its aseptic carton structure. The company plans to develop a full-barrier aluminum-free aseptic packaging structure with at least 90% fibre content by 2030, with an interim target of at least 85% by 2025.
Increasing the FSC™-certified (Forest Stewardship Council™) fibre content of its aseptic cartons and expanding its aluminum-free solutions are key to SIG’s strategy of achieving higher recyclability of carton packs.
This supports SIG’s ultimate ambition to enable carton packs to be recycled anywhere in the world, which is especially true for markets that have little established infrastructure for recycling.
Said Samuel Sigrist, SIG CEO: “Our carton packs have a low energy intensity, are produced with 100% renewable electricity, and consist predominantly of renewable resources from the forest. Now we want to take this even further by increasing collection and recycling of cartons through existing beverage carton recycling systems, and via paper streams. Increasing the proportion of fibre content in aseptic cartons opens this opportunity and aligns with the wider trend towards paperisation in the packaging industry. The FSC-certified renewable paperboard used in our packs ensures that we are promoting responsible forestry practices that prioritise biodiversity conservation.”
The packaging industry and wider society need to transition to a circular economy, as our planet’s resources are finite and its capacity to absorb waste is limited. Growing consumer demand for more sustainable packaging is an important pull factor for food and beverage companies to transition to ever more sustainable packaging. For more visit sig.biz/en/responsibility/sustainability