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SIG Reaches Major Milestone in Development of Lower-Carbon Aluminum-Free Solutions

SIG Reaches Major Milestone in Development of Lower-Carbon Aluminum-Free Solutions beverage packaging, Carton, food and drink packaging, food and drink sustainable packaging, Recyclability Food and Beverage Business

In a significant milestone for the food and drink packaging industry, SIG has achieved a key advancement in its aluminum-free journey by delivering the 3 billionth aseptic carton pack without an aluminum layer for use in the European dairy sector. This achievement marks a pioneering effort by SIG, as it has been at the forefront of developing packaging material solutions without aluminum since 2010.

As part of its commitment to creating sustainable packaging solutions, SIG has been expanding its aluminum-free options to reduce the carbon footprint of its aseptic cartons and enhance recyclability. The introduction of SIG Terra Alu-free and SIG Terra Alu-free + Forest-based polymers has set a new standard in sustainable packaging for the dairy industry, driven by increasing consumer demand for eco-friendly packaging choices.

Robert Kummer, Sales Director Aseptic Cartons Europe at SIG, noted, “Our collaboration with customers aims to innovate more sustainable food and beverage packaging solutions, with the delivery of our 3 billionth carton pack without aluminum layer marking a significant milestone in our aluminum-free journey.”

The use of forest-based renewable materials, lightweight design, and full recyclability make SIG carton packs the preferred choice with the lowest carbon footprint compared to other packaging options. SIG Terra Alu-free and SIG Terra Alu-free + Forest-based polymers reduce the carbon footprint significantly, offering a more sustainable packaging solution for the dairy sector.

Looking ahead, SIG plans to develop a full-barrier aluminum-free aseptic packaging structure with at least 90% paper content by 2030, aiming to further enhance sustainability and convenience in food and beverage packaging.

For customers using SIG filling lines, the transition to packaging materials without aluminum is seamless, requiring only minor modifications without additional capital expenditure.

Sources:
1. SIG Life Cycle Assessments
2. SIG Carbon Footprint Study

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