Our lightweight paperboards, made resource-efficiently and primarily from a renewable raw material, respond well to the needs of the circular economy. All our paperboards are recyclable, depending on the local recycling systems. By ensuring good pack- aging design and participating in initiatives supporting recycling, we aim for our products to be recycled after use. If recycling is impossible because of food residue or the like, composting is a good alternative for our paperboards. All Metsä Board paperboards
except for the PE-coated grades have been certified as industrially compostable in accordance with the DIN EN 13432 and ASTM D6400 standards. Some of our paperboard grades have also been certified as home compostable in accordance with the NF T 51–800 standard.
Read more about our product development and services in Metsä Board’s Annual and Sustainability Report 2022, pp. 16–17 .
Read more about the traceability and risk management of our raw materials on pp. 32–33 .
Even a small reduction in weight has a big impact
Metsä Board’s annual folding boxboard capacity is 1.3 million tonnes. This corresponds to
1.6 million packages every day
reduction in weight of the paperboard brings material savings equal to
million packages of 19 grammes every day
An easily recyclable package reduces carbon footprint
Belgian Ice Cream Group (BIG), part of the Baronie Group, decided to replace the PE-coated paperboard used in the trays holding its ice pralines with MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB, a dispersion-coated paperboard that is easy to recycle. This supports Baronie’s goal of reducing packaging waste and improving the recyclability of packages. The new package was designed and its environmental impacts analysed in collaboration with Metsä Board’s packaging design and sustainability services. According to the life cycle analysis (LCA), the transfer to the dispersion-coated paperboard reduced the package’s carbon footprint by 32%. In other
words, by replacing 100 tonnes of PE-coated paperboard with the dispersion-coated alternative, the annual carbon dioxide emissions were reduced by an amount equivalent to a 300,000-kilometre car trip. Thanks to the new tray weighing less, the amount of paperboard needed for an individual tray decreased by 5%, and eliminating the PE coating reduces the use of plastic.
METSÄ BOARD SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2022
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