Friday, 17 October 2014 11:50

Tetra Pak launch carton made entirely from plants

Tetra Pak have announced their latest carton is made entirely from planted-based materials, making every part of it fully renewable for the first time.

tetrapak copyThe new Tetra Rex® carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and bio-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC ™) certified paperboard.

Developed in partnership with Braskem, a biopolymers producer, the new Tetra Rex package will be commercially available in early 2015.

Tetra Pak customers using the standard 1 litre Tetra Rex with TwistCap OSO 34 can easily transfer to the new version without the need for any additional investment or modification to their existing filling machines.​

The plant based Tetra Rex® can be recycled in the same way as a standard Tetra Pak® carton.

Tetra Pak state they are constantly working to make it easier for consumers to recycle their cartons through local authority collections.

Currently, in excess of 90% of UK local authorities collect cartons for recycling either through kerbside or bring bank collections.

At the moment, 60% of all UK local authorities collect cartons direct from the home as part of their kerbside recycling collections and there is a carton recycling facility in the UK, where local authorities can send the collected cartons for recycling.

To give consumers information about carton recycling in their area, the company have recently launched an interactive recycling map which can be viewed at: