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.
We have launched our new compostable Bioware Impresso double walled hot cup that adds to our existing Bioware compostable range. The new cup utilizes the unique Impresso bubble emboss, which provides enhanced insulation and a tactile touch for the holder.
The high-quality fiber used in our paper cups can be recycled and used up to seven times before being composted or used to generate electricity. We lead and participate in several initiatives around the world to increase the recycling of paper cups.
According to a life cycle analysis co-commissioned by Huhtamaki, paper cups often have the lowest carbon footprint, and recycling lowers it further by 54%. The LCA was carried out in 2018-2019 by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.