Tetra Pak launches new bio-based HDPE closure

27 May 2013 (Last Updated May 27th, 2013 18:30)

Tetra Pak has announced that its new bio-based LightCap 30 on Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge has been selected by dairy producer TINE for a range of products.

Tetra Pak bio_based closure

Tetra Pak has announced that its new bio-based LightCap 30 on Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge has been selected by dairy producer TINE for a range of products.

Norwegian dairy TINE will pack its Piano vanilla sauce, TINE iced coffee, iced tea and chocolate milk in the Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge with the new bio-based cap.

According to Tetra Pak, the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) cap LightCap 30 is made from sugar cane.

TINE sustainability manager Björn Malm said it was important for the company to optimally use its resources and prioritise sustainability.

"Tetra Pak's TBA Edge, which is made from about 75% renewable resources, now comes with bio-based cap, offering us the opportunity to further enhance the environmental profile of our products," Malm said.

The renewable polyethylene used in LightCap 30 is made from sugar cane, which is crushed and the juice is fermented and distilled to produce ethanol.

Ethanol is converted into ethylene through dehydration process, which is then polymerised to produce the polyethylene used to manufacture the new cap.

The development of the LightCap 30 is claimed to be another major step towards Tetra Pak's goal of producing a 100% renewable packaging solution.

Tetra Pak Environmental Innovation product manager Erik Steijger said: "This launch demonstrates our continued commitment to environmental innovation and providing customers, retailers and consumers with the highest level of environmental performance for their packaging."

Tetra Pak has began an environmental programme, which has been designed to deliver on the company's aim of providing 100% sustainable packaging using renewable materials and leaving a minimal environmental footprint and zero waste.


Image: Tetra Pak's bio-based LightCap 30 on Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge is made from sugar cane. Photo: courtesy of Tetra Pak International S.A.