The packaging giant said that the move will bring numerous benefits to manufacturers and consumers, such as minimising litter, as the cap will stay attached to the package.
The carbon footprint can also be reduced because the company’s tethered caps are planned to become available as a plant-based option, therefore increasing the renewable content of the package, the company said.
The first one to be released on the market is the HeliCap 26 Pro closure, which features a new screw and flip concept with a self-locking hinge, securing food protection while providing convenience for in-home consumption, it added.
“The significant challenge of deploying tethered caps is the scale of the change that this brings across the value chain. If we look at Europe alone, more than 1,000 packaging lines supplied by us will be potentially transformed, translating into over 20 billion packages which are expected to be converted," said Lars Holmquist, executive vice president Packaging Solutions and Commercial Operations, Tetra Pak.
"All of that in three years, while minimising impact on our customers’ operations, optimising the consumer experience and contributing to both minimising litter and creating a carton package with increased plant-based and recycled content,” he said.
In tandem, the company said is accelerating the expansion of its paper straws offering to ensure further renewable and low carbon materials across the range of packaging solutions.
The aim of this is to address a broad range of customer sustainability needs without compromising on food safety, while still delivering on the end-user drinking experience, it added.
Holmquist concludes, “We won’t stop here. We are continuously innovating our sustainable openings offering. We envision a world where carton packages never become waste and where every carton is collected and recycled.”
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