Tetra Pak launches renewable LightCap 30

Tetra Pak, the food processing and packaging business, has launched the LightCap 30; a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) cap made from sugar cane. TINE, a dairy producer, distributor and exporter based in Norway, is the first brand in Europe to use these bio-based caps. Its Piano vanilla sauce, TINE iced coffee, iced tea and chocolate milk will be packaged in the Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge with bio-based LightCap 30. ‘As one of Norway’s largest users of packaging, it is important that we use our resources optimally and prioritise sustainability. This is a business imperative for us. Tetra Pak’s TBA Edge, which is made from about 75 per cent renewable resources, now comes with bio-based cap, offering us the opportunity to further enhance the environmental profile of our products,’ said Björn Malm, sustainability manager, at TINE. ‘The renewable polyethylene that the LightCap 30 uses is sugar cane crushed, the juice fermented and distilled to produce ethanol,’ said Rae McGraw, communications cluster leader, sub-Sahara Africa, Tetra Pak. ‘Ethanol is converted into ethylene through dehydration that is polymerised and to make polyethylene, which is used to manufacture the cap.’ ‘The development of the bio-based LightCap 30 is another important step towards our goal of producing a 100 per cent renewable packaging solution. 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,’ said Erik Steijger, product manager environmental innovation, Tetra Pak. Tetra Pak has a long history of responsible environmental practices and has embarked on an ambitious environmental programme designed to deliver on the company’s ultimate aim of providing fully sustainable packaging using only renewable materials and leaving a minimal environmental footprint and zero waste.