Sustainable packaging solutions
Sustainability is an integrated part of our functions, integrating environmental protection, social equity and economic efficiency. Our objective is to develop more sustainable packaging solutions wherever we can to meet customer demand for environmentally optimal packaging.
Responsible and committed
Food is critical to life and a source of great joy and pleasure. Packaging ensures it is delivered safely and will not be wasted. We see it as our responsibility to produce the best fit-for-purpose packaging to protect and serve food. Choosing the right materials, using them in an optimal way and considering the end of life and recycling possibilities all play a part in developing more sustainable packaging solutions.
From sustainably managed forests
With the right packaging choices, the environmental impacts of making safe food accessible to the world’s growing population can be reduced. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) sets standards to transform the way forests are managed, to help all enjoy the benefits that forests offer. Most of our paperboard is currently based on wood fiber from the PEFC certified or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sustainably managed sources.
Packaging innovation for sustainability
Huhtamaki has been the pioneer in introducing new innovations and using sustainable materials for making food packaging products.
We launched our first biodegradable paper cup in 1995 and complete EN 13432 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. This range offers high-quality sustainable packaging products primarily made up of renewable plant materials that are biodegradable or compostable.
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Huhtamaki Future Smart cups are the first 100% renewable paper cups made from plants in Europe. The 100% renewable plant based materials used in Future Smart products contain no carbon content older than 100 years as verified by the 14C carbon dating method. Future Smart paper cups are 100% GMO free and made of paperboard from PEFC certified renewable sources.
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Packaging for good
Our corporate responsibility strategy
Huhtamaki’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) strategy is called Packaging for Good. Packaging for Good is something we do every day. For example, our safety, innovation, sourcing and efficiency work falls under these themes. In the world with a growing population, bigger cities and more demand for packaged food, we have an important role to play. Packaging for Good programme captures the best things we are doing and want to develop further together.
Huhtamaki has introduced a new recyclable, polyolefin-based barrier packaging solution for shampoo sachets. Solutions for coffee, detergent, jams, ketchup, soaps and dry soups have passed long-run trials and are ready for wider market adoption.
Huhtamaki Fresh, the world’s 1st fiber-based ready meal tray, has won the own brand category of the Waitrose & Partners Sustainability Awards. Fresh is as functional as the black plastic alternative, but easier to recycle & certified for home composting.