In 2018 Paulig made some major commitments to further develop the packaging of the products. Our objective is that in 2025 all our coffee packages are made from 100% renewable raw materials. Within our foods portfolio we aim to reduce 30% CO2 impact from packaging and replace 25% of plastic packaging by 2025.
Our objective at Paulig Group is that all our packages are as sustainable as possible without compromising durability and quality. Packaging development is a long-term process but we are working ambitiously every day to achieve our sustainable packaging goals.
A forerunner in coffee packaging material development
In April 2018 Paulig Mundo coffee got a new packaging made of 45% renewable, plant-based materials. This big achievement made Paulig the first big roastery in the world that uses renewable materials in coffee vacuum packages.
During 2018 altogether nine coffee packages were updated to the partly renewable material, including all vacuum-packaged City Coffees, Paulig Mundo coffees and Juhla Mokka Luomu (Organic). The new material reduced the carbon footprint of the package by a little over 10%.
We develop our packaging materials by using more and more renewable, plant-based materials instead of plastic that is fossil-based. Plant-based materials help in tackling climate change since plants absorb CO2 (carbon dioxide) during their growth and do not bring any fossil-based carbon into the atmosphere. However, it is important to bear in mind that from the entire coffee value chain the carbon emissions of the package cover only 1-2%.
Packaging development is a long-term process as we want to ensure that we have the most sustainable and durable packages possible. We are working ambitiously towards our 2025 goal of using only renewable materials in our coffee packages. Currently we are developing packaging materials that have a 20-50% smaller carbon footprint. And the work goes on.
Taking steps towards circular packaging in Paulig Foods
In Paulig Foods sustainable packaging also is high on the agenda. When launching the new Food service packaging for spices in 2017 144 tons of plastic where removed and a reduction of 450 tons C02 where made, and when Santa Maria launched the new spice jars in 2018, 210 tons of glass was removed.
During the development of Paulig Foods new strategic sustainability goals, ambitious targets towards circular packaging were set. For example, Paulig Foods has set new tough sustainability targets to replace 25% of plastic packaging by 2025, and of those left, 100% will consist of recycled, recyclable or renewable plastic. The work is in progress and results will be shown already during 2019, where products with new packaging materials will be launched that will have a 35-81% less CO2 impact from packaging.