These packs are made mainly from paperboard, a renewable raw material which can also be re-used at the end of its life cycle. We are working hard to help improve recycling rates and to design out other materials such as fossil plastic and aluminium. Our paperboard also comes from certified responsible sources, which helps tackle climate change directly by investing in the world’s most effective carbon sinks: forests.

Another challenge is food waste. Aseptic carton technology allows farmers to make the most of the world’s precious agricultural output by preserving its nutritional value for a long time. The long ambient shelf life together with the lowest filling waste rate in the industry helps to tackle food waste and the role it plays in climate change. And with no need for refrigeration and a cold chain as goods are transported and stored, we’re also reducing food loss while cutting energy usage and carbon emissions in the food supply chain

And finally, our role at the heart of the distribution system lets us collaborate with customers, suppliers, communities, employees, and other stakeholders to seek to develop a waste-free society, working together to further reduce carbon footprints and build effective recycling systems. The current worldwide concern over single-use plastic packaging made out of finite fossil resources creates an opportunity to demand that all companies commit to using more renewable materials. Mounting concern over climate change is also rightly drawing attention to environmental impacts along the product life cycle, not just what happens after a product is used. We are proud that our paper-based cartons have among the lowest carbon footprints along the lifecycle compared to other materials like plastic, glass and metal.

We recognise this will require a sustained effort by all involved in the supply chain. Consumers are rightly demanding that corporations take more responsibility for building a genuinely zero-waste society and truly circular economy. Our commitment to going ‘Way Beyond Good’ means we aim to halve our environmental footprint by 2030 while doubling our contribution to society.

Right now, the way the world consumes goods is polluting the oceans, exhausting landfill capacity and creates more than 2 billion tonnes of waste every year. Today’s climate and natural resource crisis means we face a real risk of supply failure in the food and packaging systems. Unless we decouple growth from environmental impact and ensure we leave ecosystems and society stronger than we found them, it won’t just be business which struggles to survive.