Designing safe products for the circular economy

Packaging plays a fundamental role in protecting food. It guarantees food safety and hygiene, helps prevent food waste and gives access to food by supporting easy and efficient delivery.

At Huhtamaki, we want to become the first choice in sustainable food packaging solutions, and we believe that transitioning to a circular economy is the key to unlocking sustainability. In this transition, the change starts from our product design and innovation, and is reflected throughout the entire life-cycle of our products. We value digitalization as a major driver to achieving circularity, for example by enabling materials to be correctly sorted for recycling, and have therefore incorporated digitalization in our strategy to help achieve our sustainability ambitions.

Designing for circularity offers exciting opportunities to develop new packaging solutions to address the needs of our society. However, we are also clear that when making choices in the product design phase, for example regarding the choice of materials or the structure of the packaging, there can never be a compromise on the safety and quality of the final product that is to be used in food contact. Product safety is non-negotiable and managing food contact safety is at the core of our sustainable packaging solutions for food.

Our ambitions related to circularity and product safety are as follows:

Designing for circularity

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2030 goals

100% of products designed to be recyclable, compostable or reusable

>80% renewable or recycled materials by 2030

100% of fiber from recycled or certified sources by 2030

Performance in 2021

71% of our products fulfilled these criteria

66.6% of total materials were renewable or recycled materials

98.0% of fiber-based materials were from recycled or certified sources

Product safety

2030 goals

All our products comply with Huhtamaki Global Food Contact Packaging Safety Policy

Zero food contact compliance related claims reported

Performance in 2021

Digitalization project of food contact material (FCM) compliance documentation continued.

Zero significant incidents of non-compliance reported.