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Otis comes in an aseptic liquid paper board (ALPB) container – aka ‘tetra pak’. Our supplier of this packaging is Elopak.
The cartons Otis uses are made from 96% renewable plant-based materials.
The paperboard is FSC certified wood pulp. The plastic used for the lids and the plastic lining on the inside and outside of the carton is made from plant material not fossil-fuels. The forest based feedstock, tall oil, is a residue from pulp and paper production and is certified according to ISCC PLUS.
Factors to consider when choosing packaging
Choosing packaging has been one of the toughest decision we have had to make as a business to date. We have to consider all of the following factors:
What the packaging is made of, where those materials come from, and their respective impacts e.g. the greenhouse gas emissions, cutting down trees, water usage etc.
The functionality of the packaging e.g will it keep our product safe and delicious for a long time, and is it easy for our customer to use.
What can our customers do with it when it is empty e.g can they put it in their local recycling system?
What is the impact on our supply chain e.g is the packaging heavy and therefore requires more energy to transport and generates more emissions, does it pack well so that it fits into delivery vehicles, does it need to be refrigerated the whole time (more energy and emissions)?
Why we choose our packaging
We chose to go with what’s known in the industry as aseptic liquid paperboard packaging (ALPB). It’s more commonly known as ‘tetrapak’.
ALPB is made of a blend of three materials. Typically 75% is paper pulp (provides strength and shape), 21% is plastic (prevents leakage and ensures sterile conditions), and 4% is aluminum (protects from lights and oxygen). See Elopak for more info.
ALPB is light and square in shape. These two factors significantly lower transport emissions compared to other packaging options. A Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) undertaken by thinkstep-anz found “Cartons have the lowest carbon footprint of all packaging systems we considered.” Read more here.
ALPB is virtually unbreakable, has very high food safety qualities, and because of the aluminium component (which keeps out light and oxygen) we do not need to store the product in the fridge until it has been opened. Fridges require energy and powerful greenhouse gases (GHGs) to run. Learn more here.