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It’s hard to miss a 5 foot tall Tetra Pak carton! And that was the first thing that caught my eye when walking past the Tetra Pak booth at EarthX in Dallas. I’ve been recycling for as long as I can remember. As a kid I remember saving cans and taking bags of them to the recycling center. Now as an adult I’m lucky that our city has curbside recycling. Which means as a family we are trying to recycle as much as we can. I’m always happy when the recycling bin is at least twice as full as the trash we are taking out.
As a Mom who is trying to teach her kids to reduce, renew, and recycle, I am a big fan of Tetra Pak’s promise is to Protects What’s Good. Their commitment to sustainability means that they work to develop products that make foods safer with minimum impact on the environment. While I was visiting their booth I got to see their entire carton lifecycle. Cartons are actually one of the most sustainable products in the market. Lighter than glass or cans, they fit more efficiently in trucks, which saves on transportation costs.
Did you ever make recycled paper in school? Tetra Pak’s carton packages are made mostly from paperboard made from wood, a renewable resource. Renewability is at the heart of sustainability . And on average, 75% of a Tetra Pak carton is paperboard. Tetra Pak cartons are recyclable and they had a table set up demonstrating how they recycle cartons. Separating the paper from any metal items, then grinding up the paper with some paper, and turning it into something new. When recycled, carton packages are turned into tissue products and other types of materials, such as paperboard.
Other companies are using cartons combined with other plastics and films to make everything from flower pots to pencil holders. There was even shelving made from recycled cartons!
It was fascinating to walk through the booth and see so many items that were made of recycled cartons. Actually throughout EarthX there were hydration stations set up with water in Tetra Pak cartons. And each hydration station was set up with shelving made from recycled cartons. So we got to see those recycled items in action!
While I was most familiar with the JUST water they were handing out in Tetra Pak cartons, that’s just the tip on what can be put in them. I saw juices, bone broth, soup, olive oil, coffee, and many other items on the counter and shelves, all stored in Tetra Pak cartons.
And you can’t leave the Tetra Pak booth without taking a selfie! There were lots of photo props, but since it’s spring and Earth Month, I grabbed some pretty flowers. And it’s wasn’t just photos, you could even make your own GIF in the photo booth, mine is below!
Hit play to see my Tetra Pak GIF
This particular carton was empty, but it did open a conversation about the cap. I learned that Tetra Pak uses bio-based caps derived from sugar cane, and that over 1 billion of these bio-based caps have been featured on Tetra Pak cartons sold worldwide.
Coming home from visiting Tetra Pak at EarthX I am even more motivated to make changes in my home that focus on renew, reduce, and recycle!