Low Carbon FAQs
What is the carbon impact of your cartons?In environmental studies across the world, cartons are shown over and over again to be a low carbon choice. Find out more about these studies and the carbon impact of the cartons studied, please click here. To find out what makes sure that cartons have a low carbon impact, please click here (link to Cartons -the low carbon choice section).
What do you do to reduce your carbon impact? It is essential for us to ensure that our cartons keep their low carbon profile and that we continually improve our environmental performance.
To find out more about how we do this, please click here.
Why are cartons a low carbon packaging choice?Cartons are repeatedly shown to be a low carbon packaging choice in Life Cycle Studies across the world and there are a number of reasons for this.
First of all, if you map out the environmental impact of a package throughout its life, you will tend to find that it is the raw materials that make the biggest share of the carbon impact of the package overall. Wood and paperboard both have a low carbon impact, and because cartons are made mainly from paperboard, they start off life with a lower carbon impact than many other raw materials.
The second reason is that we use as few raw materials as possible. On overage, your carton will only account for 3-4% of the total weight of the final product you buy, which is less than an egg – natures best package!
Cartons are also very transport efficient. As our cartons are only formed and filled on our customer sites, most of our cartons are delivered in giant rolls of packaging material. Just one truck can transport enough packaging to make nearly 1 million standard 1 litre cartons*. It would take over 50 trucks to deliver the same number of formed bottles.
Even after filling, the carton’s shape enables more packages to be loaded on to a pallet i.e. 1 pallet can generally hold at least 33% more 1 litre cartons* than the equivalent in formed bottles with a round base.
* Tetra Brik 1000ml
For more information on this and other reasons why cartons are a low carbon packaging choice, click here.