With Tetra Pak packaging to handkerchiefs


Partners participating in the project "With tetra Pak to handkerchiefs" are all very committed to recycling and are aware of the importance of closing material loops such as Used Beverage Cartons (UBCs): EKO INICIATIVA and Lucart with sustainable paper products Lucart Eco Natural, Tetra Pak - world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company, Ljubljanske mlekarne - the leading dairy and the largest wholesaler of milk and dairy products in Slovenia, and Dana – manufacturer producing bottled water, juices, and spirits.

Partnership working in action to increase awareness and recycling

From March 30 to April 30, 2017, a special promotion program, innitiated by Tetra Pack, is taking place in Mercator hypermarkets across Slovenia, action aimed at stimulating the recycling and proper way of handling the UBCs (Used beverage cartons). Each time customers purchase 5 beverages in Tetra Pack packages, juices or milk, they will receive a complementary pack.

How to dispose Tetra Pak Used Beverage Cartons properly?

In average 75 % of Tetra Pak packaging is made of carton, mainly produced from responsibly managed forests (FSC -  Forest Stewardship Council).  If the Used Beverage Carton is properly disposed in yellow containers or bags, its carton component is recycled in paper mills, such as Lucart, using Eco Technology. Used Tetra Pak beverage cartons become an importnant source of raw material - recycled cellulose fibres - which are transformed in completely new products, e.g. sanitary paper, contributing significantly to forest preservation.

Circulation of carton component of Tetra Pak packages:

  1. Products in Tetra Pak packages are consumed.
  2. Empty packages are disposed in yellow containers or bags.
  3. Yellow containers are transported to sorting centres.
  4. All packages are separated in sorting centres.
  5. Tetra Pak packages are recycled in paper mills.
  6. New, good quality products, such as recycled handkerchiefs or paper towels are made.

Circular Economy optimizes waste management

Closing material loops is one of the main EU directives for the future, as the consumption has already twice exceeded the available natural resources. To meet the circular economy standards, the entire life cycle of products and specific material components should be considered. Once it is established to what proportion products can be re-used and in which form, the materials, once determined as waste, become the source for completely new products.