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Sustainability

In an ideal world, packaging would be produced from materials and manufacturing processes that would not contaminate the environment.

With that goal in mind, our focus is on supplying packaging that has been engineered to minimise and ultimately to achieve a net-zero contamination.

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Contamination is not just about what happens with the packaging after use, it is also about what materials are used to produce the packaging, and the amount of energy and natural resources that are required to produce the packaging in the first place.

Flexible packaging

Flexible packaging offers clear advantages over other formats, such as cardboard boxes, glass jars and bottles, and rigid plastic containers. It’s biggest attribute is the weight savings achieved when compared with other formats.

As an example, a truckload of glass containers contains approximately 50% packaging whereas the same product by volume in flexible pouches contains approximately 6% packaging. If a product can be supplied using flexible pouches instead of glass jars then for every truckload of jars, the supplier could deliver eight trucks of pouches, with the resultant large reduction in carbon footprint.

Studies carried out in Germany have indicated that were packaging produced from entirely flexible materials, up to 75% less material would enter the waste stream.

Whilst paper is seen by many as an environmentally acceptable form of packaging compared with plastic, there are serious issues around the energy consumption and pollution levels associated with the manufacture of paper.

 

Flexible packaging

Flexible packaging offers clear advantages over other formats, such as cardboard boxes, glass jars and bottles, and rigid plastic containers. It’s biggest attribute is the weight savings achieved when compared with other formats.

As an example, a truckload of glass containers contains approximately 50% packaging whereas the same product by volume in flexible pouches contains approximately 6% packaging. If a product can be supplied using flexible pouches instead of glass jars then for every truckload of jars, the supplier could deliver eight trucks of pouches, with the resultant large reduction in carbon footprint.

Studies carried out in Germany have indicated that were packaging produced from entirely flexible materials, up to 75% less material would enter the waste stream.

Whilst paper is seen by many as an environmentally acceptable form of packaging compared with plastic, there are serious issues around the energy consumption and pollution levels associated with the manufacture of paper.

 

Sustainability

In an ideal world, packaging would be produced from materials and manufacturing processes that would not contaminate the environment.

With that goal in mind, our focus is on supplying packaging that has been engineered to minimise and ultimately to achieve a net-zero contamination.

Contamination is not just about what happens with the packaging after use, it is also about what materials are used to produce the packaging, and the amount of energy and natural resources that are required to produce the packaging in the first place.

Flexible packaging offers clear advantages over other formats, such as cardboard boxes, glass jars and bottles, and rigid plastic containers. It’s biggest attribute is the weight savings achieved when compared with other formats.

As an example, a truckload of glass containers contains approximately 50% packaging whereas the same product by volume in flexible pouches contains approximately 6% packaging. If a product can be supplied using flexible pouches instead of glass jars then for every truckload of jars, the suppler could deliver eight trucks of pouches, with the resultant large reduction in carbon footprint.

Studies carried out in Germany have indicated that were packaging produced from entirely flexible materials, up to 75% less material would enter the waste stream.

Sustainability
Sustainability
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Whilst paper is seen by many as an environmentally acceptable form of packaging compared with plastic, there are serious issues around the energy consumption and pollution levels associated with the manufacture of paper.

1. Current levels of production of paper are at unsustainable levels and are increasing

2. The industry has substantial climate change impacts, from raw material sourcing from forests, through production to the end of life. Biodegrading paper produces dangerous greenhouse gases, particularly Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and more seriously Methane, (CH4)

3. The pulp and paper industry is one of the world’s leading polluters. Making one sheet of A4 paper uses as much as 20 litres of water. The process is chemically intensive and discharges toxic chemicals as effluent into waterways, mainly from the use of chlorine for bleaching

4. Paper production is directly responsible for a reduction in natural forests. A concern is that in the northern hemisphere, the loss of forests is running at an unsustainable pace of 7.6 million hectares per year, most notably in Brazil. In Indonesia, about 1.1 million hectares of peatlands have been drained to create Acacia plantations for wood pulp. These plantations account for 80 million tonnes of Co2 emissions annually. Equivalent to 23 coal-fired power stations

5. At Tyler, we believe that the climate change problem cannot be solved without a major upscale in both forest protection and restoration across the planet.

What is a Life Cycle Assessment?

What is a Life Cycle Assessment?<

A comprehensive evaluation of a product’s environmental footprint, from cradle to grave.

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Sustainability is our priority.

Since our founding, Tyler Packaging has been a leader in sustainability. We are proud members of the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC) and continuously work to advance sustainable packaging solutions.

In order to educate our customers and accelerate sustainable product innovation, in late 2020 we initiated a third-party Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) with the consulting firm Trayak, overseen by the Pet Sustainability Coalition. The independent, scientific analysis look at the environmental impacts of five of our most common packaging solutions in petfood.

An Educated Consumer: Key Highlights of the LCA*

Fossil Fuel Use Measured In Megajoules (Mj)

Water Use Measured In Kiloliters

Water use chart

GHG Emissions Measured In CO2

GHG Emissions

Key

*The LCA analyzed 1 million units of 2kg primary packaging. Damage rates and Package Product Shelf Life in days were also considered.

Key takeaways

  1. The Recyclable, Compostable and Laminated Paper options all had considerably lower environmental impacts than the PET/PE option.

  2. Although the Poly Woven Sack solution has beneficial use qualities, it had the greatest environmental impact, largely due to more mass per bag.

  3. The LCA showed that TOPE/PE with EVOH was lower than PET/PE in all 7 environmental indexes measured and is the winner for us.

Sustainability is our priority.

Since our founding, Tyler Packaging has been a leader in sustainability. We are proud members of the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC) and continuously work to advance sustainable packaging solutions.

In order to educate our customers and accelerate sustainable product innovation, in late 2020 we initiated a third-party Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) with the consulting firm Trayak, overseen by the Pet Sustainability Coalition. The independent, scientific analysis look at the environmental impacts of five of our most common packaging solutions in petfood.

An Educated Consumer: Key Highlights of the LCA*

Fossil Fuel Use Measured In Megajoules (Mj)

Water Use Measured In Kiloliters

Water use chart

GHG Emissions Measured In CO2

GHG Emissions

Key

*The LCA analyzed 1 million units of 2kg primary packaging. Damage rates and Package Product Shelf Life in days were also considered.

Key takeaways

  1. The Recyclable, Compostable and Laminated Paper options all had considerably lower environmental impacts than the PET/PE option.

  2. Although the Poly Woven Sack solution has beneficial use qualities, it had the greatest environmental impact, largely due to more mass per bag.

  3. The LCA showed that TOPE/PE with EVOH was lower than PET/PE in all 7 environmental indexes measured and is the winner for us.