Sustainable food packaging solutions
At Huhtamaki, sustainability is an integral part of our strategy and everyday work. We embed sustainability in everything we do and strive to do business in a financially, environmentally, and socially responsible way. We have set ourselves high sustainability ambitions and aim to minimize the negative impacts of our operations and products on the environment while maximizing the positive impacts on our stakeholders, consumers and society.
Responsible and committed
Food is critical to life and a source of great joy and pleasure. Packaging ensures it is delivered safely and will not be wasted. We see it as our responsibility to produce the best fit-for-purpose packaging to protect and serve food. Choosing the right materials, using them in an optimal way and considering the end of life and recycling possibilities all play a part in developing more sustainable packaging solutions.
From sustainably managed forests
With the right packaging choices, the environmental impacts of making safe food accessible to the world’s growing population can be reduced. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) sets standards to transform the way forests are managed, to help all enjoy the benefits that forests offer. Most of our paperboard is currently based on wood fiber that is derived from certified sustainably managed sources.
Fiber for good
We produced our first molded fiber packages in 1903 (Maine, USA) and since then gained a lot of experience and knowledge about molded fiber technology and its applications. Consumers value molded fiber packaging for its recyclability and natural feel.
The original circular packaging
Recycled fiber is an important raw material for fiber packaging. High quality fiber can be used up to seven times before it loses its strength. For example, a used paper cup can after recycling be converted into an egg tray, then a cup carrier, then a wine bottle protector etc.
Packaging innovation for sustainability
Huhtamaki has been the pioneer in introducing new innovations and using sustainable materials for making food packaging products.
We launched our first biodegradable paper cup in 1995 and complete EN 13432 certified compostable packaging range called Bioware in 2004. Since then Bioware has grown to become the industry's most complete environmentally sound foodservice packaging range. This range offers high-quality sustainable packaging products primarily made up of renewable plant materials that are biodegradable or compostable.
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Huhtamaki Future Smart cups are the first 100% renewable paper cups made from plants in Europe. The 100% renewable plant based materials used in Future Smart products contain no carbon content older than 100 years as verified by the 14C carbon dating method. Future Smart paper cups are 100% GMO free and made of paperboard from PEFC certified renewable sources.
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Extreme weather events, economic shocks and conflict undermine food security. Sustainable food packaging plays an important role in ensuring food supply and security helps boost the resilience of food systems globally.