Norwegian carton producer Elopak has introduced new beverage cartons that are made with certified renewable polyethylene (PE).

The renewable or bio-based PE, which is said to be a first in the industry, is produced from biomass from second-generation feedstock.

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It is locally sourced within Europe and is certified through the entire value chain by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification system (ISCC PLUS), which sets strict requirements for sustainability and traceability. The chain of custody certification is based on a mass balance system.

Elopak Corporate Environment director Kristian Hall said: "The beverage carton is the environmentally superior packaging choice, consisting of at least 75% renewable paperboard derived from responsibly managed forests.

"The remaining materials are mostly made of polyethylene, a polymer usually produced from fossil-based raw materials.

"Renewable PE brings us much closer to our vision of a 100% renewable carton."

"Renewable PE brings us much closer to our vision of a 100% renewable carton. At the same time, we are further reducing the carbon footprint of the carton, a footprint which was already best-in-class within beverage packaging."

The company is currently aiming to replace all fossil-based raw materials with renewable alternatives, as part of its future proofed packaging strategy.

Elopak CEO Niels Petter Wright said: "This is a key milestone in Elopak’s efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of our products. We have a vision to deliver products with zero net impact on the environment and this is an important step towards that goal."

Image: Elopak will introduce beverage cartons made with renewable polyethylene. Photo: courtesy of Elopak Group.