We use PEFC certified paperboard from sustainably managed forests
The essential starting point for assessing the environmental performance of packaging is understanding the property requirements set for the packaging throughout its entire life cycle. Sustainability is an important part of our raw material sourcing. Currently, the majority of our paperboard comes from The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sustainably managed forests.
The material used in our paper cups is predominantly virgin wood fiber (also known as primary fiber) that has not previously been used in the manufacture of paperboard. Fiber is classified as a renewable natural resource that can be recycled. The thin polyethylene (PE) plastic moisture barrier layer used in the cup stock can be separated industrially and the fiber material used for example for core board production. The packages can also be incinerated. Although this would produce carbon dioxide emissions, it does not add carbon to the carbon cycle. Paper cups are climate change neutral since most of the material used is renewable.
We explore continuously the field of new renewable and recyclable materials and employ them when cost and functional performance match with the needs of our customers. Huhtamaki has been a pioneer in use of biodegradable and renewable raw materials. We launched our first biodegradable paper cup in 1995 and complete EN13432 certified compostable packaging range called BioWare in 2004. Since then, BioWare has grown to become the industry's most complete environmentally sound foodservice packaging range.