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Consumers want products that are environmentally friendly in packaging solutions that are sustainable. According to a report from Nielsen, the “sales of consumer goods from brands with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability have grown more than 4% globally, while those without grew less than 1%.”
In 2010, SIG launched EcoPlus, the world’s first aseptic carton without an aluminium barrier, which shows a 28% reduction in carbon footprint. This innovative structure forms the basis for our latest eco-innovation SIGNATURE PACK, the world’s first aseptic carton pack with a clear link to 100% plant-based renewable materials. This is a valueadded solution that meets the demands of the food and beverage industry and of today’s consumers. And it is good for the planet.
SIGNATURE PACK drives the replacement of conventional plastics from fossil fuels with certified and sustainable plant-based polymer materials. The polymers used for laminating the paperboard and making the spout originate from renewable European wood sources and are certified according to ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) or CMS 71 (TÜV SÜD certification standard) via a mass balance system. For the polymers used in the SIGNATURE PACK, an equivalent amount of bio-based feedstock went into the manufacturing of the polymers, which are derived from paper-making residues. A perfect solution to make the switch from fossil to renewable raw materials and to drive the circular economy by utilising low value residue and waste streams.
SIGNATURE PACK has generated great interest beyond its first customers in Europe and North America. It has received a number of international awards for sustainable packaging innovation – the Beverage Innovation Award 2017, the German Packaging Award 2018, the “Environmental Award of the Year” at Gulfood Manufacturing 2018 and the WorldStar Packaging Award 2019.
We are so excited to extend our plant-based story into our new plant-based packaging. One of our five core company values is to reduce our impact on the environment wherever we can. Our consumers depend on us to bring them not only the highest quality products with the best taste, but also to be stewards of our category with regard to the environment and the SIGNATURE PACK is one of the ways we can continue to lead.
nutpods founder & CEO
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