Biobased Products Coalition Welcomes Global Packaging Leader Tetra Pak

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  July 20,2017

Biobased Products Coalition Welcomes

Global Packaging Leader Tetra Pak

Washington, D.C. –The Biobased Products Coalition (BPC) today announced that Tetra Pak Inc., the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, is the newest member of the BPC, adding its voice to BPC member companies and associations committed to advancing the production, marketing, and sale of biobased products.

Tetra Pak employs more than 23,000 people in over 85 countries and 1400 employees in the United States, including Denton, TX, Sikeston, MO and Vancouver, WA among others where biobased packages are manufactured.

The company has long supported and championed broad acceptance of renewability practices­ in the packaging industry and beyond to ensure the sustainability of global natural resources.  Tetra Pak campaigns like Moving to the Front have helped educate consumers and industry about the benefits that come from using renewable materials from sustainably managed sources.

The company recently introduced its innovative Tetra Brik® Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap™ 30 carton package, which is manufactured using a biobased plastic film and cap made from polymers derived from sugar cane. Combined with the paperboard, this lifts the share of materials from renewable sources in the package to above 80%.

“Our ultimate aspiration is to develop a shelf stable package made of 100% renewable materials. That’s been the driving force for pushing eco-innovation, like use of biobased plastics, throughout our portfolio in ways that do not compromise the functionality or recyclability of the package.” said Elisabeth Comere, Director, Environment and Government Affairs at Tetra Pak.

 

“We are looking forward to working with BPC and its members to focus on and implement strategies and meaningful actions for protecting natural eco-systems, mitigating climate change and relying less on finite resources,” Comere added.

“Biobased innovation from companies like Tetra Pak is good for growing the U.S. economy, ” said BPC representative Karen Coble Edwards.  “We believe that large and small companies that make biobased products and intermediate ingredients and agriculture-based organizations that represent feedstock providers can play a key role in meeting the needs of consumers and industry in the journey toward a more sustainable society.”

According to An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry conducted for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 4.2 million American jobs are supported through direct, indirect, and induced contributions. For every biobased industry employee in the U.S., nearly two other indirect jobs are supported. The industry also contributed a total of $393 billion in value added to the U.S. economy, and has generated $127 billion in direct sales, with spillover sales totaling $266 billion.

Biobased product manufacturers and allied organizations launched the Biobased Products Coalition to focus and coordinate industry efforts to improve the federal biobased program and promote other favorable federal policies. The BPC provides a forum for biobased manufacturers of all sizes as well as farmer and other trade associations to present a unified industry voice on federal policy.

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contact: Karen Coble Edwards  karen@kcegroup.com

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