An International dairy cooperative based in Denmark, Arla Foods has introduced a new type of carton for its milk brand Arla 24. Arla Foods, which is the fifth largest dairy company in the world stated that the cardboards used for the new milk cartons are entirely made out of natural, unbleached wood and plant materials.
The cardboard used for the carton has received certification from the Forests Stewardship Council, which is a multi-stakeholder organization responsible for the management of world’s forests. The dairy giant will use this new cardboard for packaging its Arla 24 milk brand which is named after 24 hour time it takes to deliver the product from farm to the local stores. Danes consume almost 92 million liters of the Arla 24 milk every year, according to Arla Foods.
The cooperative company also said that through the adoption of the new cardboard for its cartons in place of the old ones would save 736,000 Kg in annual carbon die oxide emissions. The cardboard promises to cause a significant reduction in emissions of 22% compared to previously used cartons.
The Forest Stewardship Council’s certification to the cardboard ensures that the cardboard comes from responsible sources while minimizing damage to plants and animals in the forestry. The certification also considers safety and conditions of forest workers and indigenous people in the review process.
The company’s cartons for the Danish market are made by two companies. The milk cartons for the Sealand Dairy are made by the Tetrapak and for the Jutland Dairies, they are mad by Elopak. The company’s website explains that Tetrapak relies on physical segregation in its packs which provides separate container with bio-based plastic. The Elopak’s cartons works on mass balance principle where it uses both oil and bio-based plastics in the large container.
In 2014, Arla announced that its Arla 24 carton caps are made by sugarcane derivative. And also that they are 100% bio-based which means that they don’t contain any plastics from oil or fossil fuels. The company has made significant progress in its goal of producing world’s most sustainable dairy products in order to tackle the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% by 2020 from the 2005 baseline. The company has decided to use only cartons made from natural materials for its milk products from 2020 onwards.
Head of Arla, Jakob B. Knudsen said that they are planning to replace cartons of all big production categories with eco-friendly cartons as part of its climate strategy.
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