GREENER COFFEE PACKAGING BASED ON NORDIC TALL OIL

FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE

We aim to reduce our environmental impact by taking responsibility for the whole value chain: from grower to consumer.

The packaging constitutes a small part of our total greenhouse gas emissions but it is a part of the chain we can directly influence. We have therefore chosen a packaging material containing bioplastic derived from Finnish tall oil, a by-product from the forestry industry. By using bioplastic made from renewable resources we cut our carbon emissions by 50% compared with conventional plastic based on fossil-fuels, a non-renewable resource.

Our packaging material is third-party certified by ISCC and it is produced according to the mass balance approach.  This means that manufacturer replaces a certain percentage of conventional plastic by bioplastic in their total output. Our packaging contains the equivalent of 90% bioplastic. However, the mass balance approach means that some of our packaging may contain more bioplastic and some may contain little or no bioplastic.

  • “The mass balance approach is a step in the transition to packaging free from fossil-fuels, enabling packaging suppliers to gradually meet the growing demand from businesses,” says Erica Bertilsson, Director of Sustainability at Arvid Nordquist.
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GREENER PACKAGING BASED ON NORDIC TALL OIL

The use of plastic has grown 20-fold since the 1960s and it is continuing to rise. Petroleum, a fossil fuel, constitutes 99% of plastic. As such plastic is a significant contributor to the emission of greenhouse gasses which is speeding up global warming. We have chosen a packaging material containing bioplastic derived from Finnish tall oil, a by-product from the forestry industry. By using bioplastic made from renewable resources we cut our carbon emissions by 50% compared with conventional plastic based on fossil-fuels, a non-renewable resource.

January 18, Brazil  - Sundown on the coffee plantation landscape

ISCC CERTIFIED MASS BALANCE APPROACH

We acknowledge our responsibility, and we want to be a leading force for change. By using ISCC certified plastic produced according to the mass balance approach, we are well on our way to achieving our goal of packaging which is 100% free from fossil-fuels.

QUESTIONS?

What is the mass balance approach? What is the renewable element made from? How do I recycle my coffee packaging?