Target: Dennis Jönsson, President and CEO of Tetra Pak
Goal: Applaud the company’s environmentally-conscious innovations designed at improving the ease of container recycling
Advances in shelf-stable packaging have helped families around the world save money by reducing spoilage, even in areas with little or no access to refrigeration. Consumers looking to decrease the amount of heavily-processed foods they eat have also benefited. And while recycling the containers was once posed a real challenge, innovations have vastly improved the sustainability of the packaging itself.
Hundreds of liquids and other food products are now marketed in aseptic cartons: sterile containers made up of multiple layers of paper, plastic and metal. The contents and container are sterilized separately which increases shelf-life while cutting costs and actually improving freshness compared to cans.
Sweden-based Tetra Pak has long been at the forefront of the shelf-stable carton industry, and currently sells more food packaging than any other company in the world. In an effort to increase recycling the company recently updated its packaging, including the introduction of a new top that can be recycled separately. In 2013 alone some 43 billion Tetra Pak containers were recycled–roughly 1/4 of the number used that year.
Applaud the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and innovation.
Dear Mr. Jönsson,
Tetra Pak’s aseptic packaging technology has improved consumers’ access to shelf stable foods like milk, juice, cheese and soup while reducing costs and environmental impact. This is no small achievement!
The World Wildlife Fund reported that your company’s energy usage actually went down between 2002-06 despite a significant increase in production. Innovations like recyclable, separable container tops, combined with your commitment to sustainability initiatives, have kept billions of Tetra Pak containers out of landfills.
Your company’s targets for the future are just as ambitious: maintaining or decreasing current CO2 emissions into the next decade, and transitioning to a 100% dependence on Forest Stewardship Council certified paper by 2020. And beyond the company’s efforts to responsibly source materials Tetra Pak has participated in numerous government initiatives and has committed tens of millions of euros to improving consumer awareness and recycling around the world.
Thank you for demonstrating that a major company can be both financially successful and environmentally conscious in its operations. Given your successes thus far I have every reason to believe that Tetra Pak will reach and exceed its sustainability goals while continuing to set an example for other companies to follow.
[Your Name Here]
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