Six facts about Tetra Pak cartons that will blow your mind

1. Food inside Tetra Pak cartons does not need preservatives

Liquids packed in Tetra Pak cartons do not require preservatives, whether it is milk, juices or any other liquid food. Carton milk, for example, is sterilized by a special technique called UHT (Ultra Heat Treatment) sterilization that ensures that there are no micro-organisms left in the milk. As the packs are mechanically packed, there are no chances of adulteration. Tetra Pak’s aseptic technology keeps food safe, fresh and flavourful for at least six months — without refrigeration or preservatives and allows food to retain more color, texture, taste and nutrition.

2. More than a carton

Did you think that Tetra Pak is just about the packaging of beverages? Tetra Pak is much more than just a carton. While the company is best known for its innovative packaging of your favorite liquid foods, many of the products that you consume every day like cheese, paneer and even ice-creams are also processed on equipment made by Tetra Pak. Even that nicely packed straw attached to your Tetra Pak carton is manufactured by Tetra Pak.
3.Protecting what’s good, inside out
There’s a good chance that the beverage you are sipping through that carton has been developed by Tetra Pak. The company is always studying what consumers need and where the market gap lies. Together with different F&B brands, Tetra Pak develops the recipes or formulations for the product that goes inside the carton too at its state-of-the-art recipe formulation and testing centre in Pune.

4. Tetra Pak cartons are fully recyclable
Tetra Pak cartons are primarily made from paper. 75% of the Tetra Pak carton is made from paperboard, 20% of polyethylene and 5% of aluminium. These three materials are layered together using heat and pressure to form a six-layered armor which protects the contents from light, oxygen, air, dirt and moisture.
5. 1 in every 3 Tetra Pak cartons in India is recycled
If you are a green champion, you may often worry about the afterlife of the different packaging formats available in the market. You’d be happy to know that when it comes to Tetra Pak packaging, today 1 in 3 cartons sold in India is recycled. Over the years, Tetra Pak has invested in setting up a robust collection and recycling ecosystem to make sure that used cartons have an effective afterlife and are used to build useful things like school desks, notepads, bags, garden benches, roofing sheets and more. Here are some real-life examples of Tetra Pak’s recycling initiatives

  • 76 lakh cartons collected and recycled through association with the Indian Army
  • In the past 6-7 years, more than 250 school desks have been donated to schools for the lesser privileged.
  • Recently, benches made from Tetra Pak recycled cartons were installed in Mumbai Port Trust Garden using over 18,000 used cartons collected by local residents
6. Wood used in Tetra Pak cartons is also responsibly sourced

Have you ever noticed the FSC symbol on Tetra Pak cartons? The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label is a sign that Tetra Pak complies with FSC requirements relating to forest management and the traceability of the wood fiber in the paperboard. All the wood fiber in the paperboard comes from forests independently certified as being managed in accordance with the principles of sustainable forest management. In simple words, every time you choose a carton that bears the FSC label, you make sure that you are making a responsible and ‘green’ choice.