Tetra Pak® is the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people.
The cartons are made of around 73% wood fibre in the form of paperboard – a natural, renewable resource – and we work hard to make sure that the paperboard we use comes from well-managed forests. Over 1.5 billion of our cartons in the UK & Ireland can now carry the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label, so you can be assured this is the case.
Con’s of Tetra Pak:
One of the main issues that I have come across when looking into using Tetra Pak, is that they are constructed with seven different and very incongruent layers. 75% of the packaging consists of admittedly recyclable FSC-certified wood pulp, but it’s unfortunately sandwiched between alternating wafers of plastic-based resin and polyethylene (20%) as well as a 6-micrometer-thin panel of aluminum foil (5%) — and also uses PET film and ink on the exterior.
This makes it nearly impossible to recycle as quickly and efficiently as the different materials need to go through different processes in order to get back to its original state.
The company itself rents out machinery and material to companies to make the well known Tetra Pak containers. This would not only be a costly rental price, but must follow the requirements and standards set by the Tetra Pak patent. Its also because of this patent that obviously is meant to prevent other companies copying the design, and so the only way to produce a high quality Tetra Pak container would be to pay the requirement fee to rent the machinery as copies of the packaging wouldn’t be able to be legally made.