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Arla Foods Achieves Its Sustainable Packaging Goals

2019-05-27 09:15 Monday

Danish-based dairy co-operative Arla Foods has achieved its packaging sustainability goals - making more than 1 billion cans and cartons more sustainable.

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The packaging sustainability strategy includes making 600 million fresh milk cartons renewable and 500 million yogurt tins recyclable in six countries by the end of this year. The company said it was the first major move in its new sustainable packaging strategy, which will cut 7,330 tonnes of carbon.

The new packaging will be sold in consumer markets in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

"We want to help people live more sustainably and have healthier, fresher food in their homes," said Peter Giertz-Carlsen, Arla Head of Europe. Most families from our major markets enjoy fresh milk and yogurt on a daily basis, which is also important for our retail customers. That's why from a sustainability perspective, the packaging of these products is an important part, and our pan-European business allows us to leverage our scale to impact several markets."

Arla's overall sustainable development goal is to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Peter Giertz-Carlsen said: "We have a great list of sustainable move that can make our packaging better for the environment. But there's no question that this year's conversion rate of more than a billion packaged goods is one of our biggest ever. Together with other smaller initiatives, this means we will meet our carbon dioxide reduction targets for packaging in 2019. But we have to make good on our commitments every year, so we are already planning for next year."

More than 90% of consumers believe packaging should be redesigned to enhance recycling.

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