Tetra Pak has expanded production of aseptic cartons made with sugarcane-based polyethylene (PE) coatings to their Denton, Texas converting plant. The cartons incorporating plant-based PE will come with a plant-based cap, also derived from sugarcane.
The plant-based PE coating offers the same recyclability, functionality and food protection as traditional polymers but made from renewable materials with a lower climate impact.
“As we work towards creating a fully renewable shelf-stable package, plant-based PE gives us one more way to drive innovation and sustainability for our customers today,” said Jason Pelz, vice president of sustainability, Tetra Pak Americas.
All Tetra Pak packages include thin layers of polyethylene to prevent moisture from getting in or out and to keep the product inside safe. The plant-based option has been previously available at other Tetra Pak converting factories in France and Brazil.