Tetra Pak launches packaging using Bonsucro-certified sustainable sugarcane

22nd November 2019

Bonsucro has partnered with Tetra Pak and their supplier Braskem making Tetra Pak the first company in the food packaging and processing industry to source plant-based plastic responsibly using the Bonsucro Chain of Custody Standard. This exemplifies their mutual commitment for industry-wide collaboration, in order to bring responsible and ethical business as well as innovation to supply chains.

Tetra Pak

Danielle Morley, CEO of Bonsucro on the new partnership: “We are delighted to join forces with Tetra Pak and Braskem as they drive their new strategy which makes sustainability central to their way of doing business. Together we want to speed up the transition towards good responsible sugarcane practices and bio-based packaging”.

Plant-based polymer supplier Braskem has now reached 100% Bonsucro certified volumes of sugarcane derived bioethanol for Tetra Pak’s plant-based plastic solutions, establishing full supply chain transparency.

The use of plant-based materials helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as driving the need for sustainable innovation. The plant-based plastics used in some Tetra Pak packages are produced from Bonsucro certified sugarcane.

According to Mario Abreu, VP Sustainability, Tetra Pak: “We’ve seen a growing trend of consumers wanting to do more for the planet, and they look to brands to help. Today 91% of consumers look for environmental logos when shopping, and Bonsucro Chain of Custody Certification can be used to communicate credible information to consumers, thereby helping our customers differentiate their products. Our goal is to produce all our packaging using responsibly managed materials. We see plant-based materials as playing a key role in achieving a low-carbon circular economy.” 

About Bonsucro

Bonsucro is a global non-profit organisation that exists to promote sustainable sugarcane production, processing and trade around the world. Bonsucro supports a community of over 500 members in more than 40 countries, from all elements of the sugarcane supply chain, including, farmers, millers, traders, buyers and civil society. Its vision is a sugarcane sector with thriving, sustainable producer communities and resilient, assured supply chains.  Bonsucro has multi-stakeholder involvement and is recommended by WWF for sustainable sugar sourcing. It is also a member of ISEAL, the global membership association for credible sustainability standards.

About Tetra Pak

Together with our customers we make food safe and available, everywhere. Since the start in 1951 we have taken pride in providing the best possible processing and packaging solutions for food. Tetra Pak is one of three companies in the Tetra Laval Group – a private group that started in Sweden. The other two companies are DeLaval and Sidel. Tetra Laval is headquartered in Switzerland.

Find more information at www.tetrapak.com

About Braskem

Braskem is the largest thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas. With 36 industrial plants spread in Brazil, the United States and Germany, the company produces over 16 million tons of thermoplastic resins and other petrochemical products annually. As the largest biopolymer producer in the world, Braskem has capacity to produce 200 thousand tons/year of polyethylene from sugar cane ethanol.

Find more information at www.braskem.com


Bonsucro & Renovabio: Exploring synergies and advancing GHG reduction in Brazil

Project partners: Earth innovation Institute and Agroicone
Project length: 12 months Budget: $22,347,79
Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals:

RenovaBio is a Brazilian biofuel policy designed to decrease Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2029 [compared to 2018], in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change. It aims to do this by incentivising fuel distributors to blend more biofuels into their products. RenovaBio has established a certification scheme for biofuel, towards which Brazilian sugarcane mills are working, that will enable them to trade decarbonisation credits on the Brazilian stock exchange.

Bonsucro continuously seeks to grow awareness and adoption of its standard. In Brazil, this can be achieved by aligning its framework with RenovaBio to optimise costs and time for mills. In 2019, Bonsucro received a grant of US $22,000 from the Earth Innovation Institute to provide a common understanding of how RenovaBio works and how other regions might benefit from this approach.

Bonsucro addressed the topic at Bonsucro Global Week in Bangkok in March 2019, and through three stakeholder forums in Brazil. The Bonsucro team also commissioned a technical comparison study, which enabled the organisation to understand how best to align with RenovaBio’s requirements.

The study has been shared with key stakeholders in Brazil and the project is now complete. Bonsucro is working to incorporate the study’s findings and recommendations through its ongoing Production Standard Revision process.

By aligning opportunities of optimisation, joint work and integration with the Brazilian Government and reflecting it in the Bonsucro Standard, Bonsucro can help to ensure that more producers adopt sustainability standards like Bonsucro.