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Beverage Cartons & The Environment

The beverage carton industry is focused on making every step of the life of the beverage carton work with and for nature, from the sourcing of the wood fibre to the disposal of the used carton.

On average, the beverage carton is 75% paperboard which is made from wood fibre – a natural and renewable resource when sourced from forests that are responsibly managed. ACE members insist on management practices that support biodiversity, uphold and exceed environmental legislation and do not deplete valuable resources for future generations.

Beverage carton manufacturers have also been diligent in reducing the environmental impact of their operations and show decoupling of growth from impact. To respond to the climate change challenge, ACE members work continuously to lower the carbon footprint of their products and processes. Equally, they are committed to the recycling and recovery of all materials once the product has been used.

Through reducing the environmental footprint, promoting recycling and using renewable resources, ACE members contribute to resource efficiency. Resource efficiency has always been an economic imperative in the beverage packaging industry. The beverage carton industry now produces 40% more cartons with the same amount of wood fibres as 20 years ago. Wood fibres are sourced from sustainable sources. The importance of traceability to ACE members is reflected in their global voluntary commitment to ensure that only wood fibre from legal and acceptable sources is used in their cartons.