Designing safe products for a circular economy

At Huhtamaki, we want to become the first choice in sustainable 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. . Overall, digitalization can help manufacturing businesses become more sustainable and circular by optimizing resource use, reducing waste, and creating closed-loop supply chains.

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


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 2023

72.9% of our products fulfilled these criteria*

66.1% of total materials were renewable or recycled materials

98.7% 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 2023

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

Cross-functional global FCM team in place for knowledge sharing and compliance across markets globally

Huhtamaki Global Food Contact Packaging Safety Policy revised

Zero significant incidents of non-compliance reported.

*Any claim or classification is a general statement and does not imply that a product can be recycled or composted currently everywhere globally. Ability to be recycled or composted will depend on the specificities of the recycling programs that consumers or other stakeholders have access to in each market or geography. As such, the statement does not constitute a recyclability or compostability claim according to ISO14021, the FTC Green Guides, the ICC guidance, or any other national, state or local law, regulation or standard. Further information about compostability or recyclability for specific products, markets or geographies shall be obtained. Independent expert legal advice should be considered before making composting or recyclability claims in specific markets or geographies or for any specific product.