15.5.2020 Article

As a part of Paulig Sustainability Approach 2030, we have set an ambitious target that all our packaging will be recyclable and made from renewable or recycled materials by 2030. We also work systematically on reducing the carbon footprint of our products.

“Our objective is that all our packages are as sustainable as possible without compromising durability and quality. Even though the package’s share of the carbon footprint of our products is relatively small, we have committed to work for circularity and develop more climate-friendly packaging for all our products”, tells Lea Rankinen, Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs at Paulig.

A frontrunner in packaging development

In April 2018, we took the first big leap in the packaging development when Paulig Mundo coffee got a new packaging made of 45% renewable, plant-based materials. This great achievement made Paulig the first roastery in the world to use renewable materials in coffee vacuum packages

“In 2020, the share of renewable materials is already 50 per cent in some of Paulig coffee packages such as Paulig City Coffees. Thanks to this development work, the carbon footprint of these packages has reduced by up to 45%”, tells Kati Randell, Strategic Packaging Development Manager at Paulig.

Autumn 2019 we took the next big step when the aluminum can of Santa Maria Coconut milk was replaced by cardboard-based package. With this change we managed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the package by almost 800 tons which corresponds to 80% of the packaging’s carbon footprint.

Santa Maria tortilla coconut milk

During the same autumn, we also introduced new Santa Maria tortilla packaging to the market in which some of the plastic had been replaced by paper. As a result of the packaging reform, 150 tons less plastic is used for tortilla packaging compared to the previous packaging solution which corresponds to six million half-litre plastic bottles and 35% of the packaging’s carbon footprint.

Paulig is an active player in packaging development and we constantly look for new solutions. From 2020 on, we are involved in VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland’s project where packaging made from completely renewable raw materials is developed.

Let’s keep plastic and packaging materials recycling!

Plastic packaging isn’t a necessary evil. On the contrary, it is a necessary good when made from the sustainable raw materials and correctly sorted and recycled when empty. A durable packaging protects the product, prevents food waste and can also offer valuable raw material for other goods. For instance, did you know that the plastic packages of Pulled Oats are made of recycled plastic bottles and post-industrial waste?

We have also been involved in several circular economy projects. In 2019, we had together with Globe Hope and K Group Finland’s first circular economy pilot for coffee packages where we collected coffee packages and turned them into new products. In the Baltic countries, we have also collected used coffee grounds that have been used as a fertiliser and a source of energy, for instance, for Haiba Children’s Home in Estonia and to lighten up installations of a big festival.

We encourage everyone for sorting to ensure that plastic packaging does not end up in nature. You can find sorting instructions on our packaging.

Read more about Paulig’s sustainability work: https://www.pauliggroup.com/sustainability

Published 15.5.2020.