2012-03-26

Nestlé goes 'eggstra' mile for Easter with 100% recyclable packs

Nestlé goes 'eggstra' mile for Easter with 100% recyclable packs
Pro Carton is pleased to announce that Nestlé has become the first major confectioner to use 100% recyclable packaging across its entire Easter egg range. Nestlé UK & Ireland has replaced the 48 tonnes of rigid plastic used in its mug eggs with FSC approved cardboard, meaning its entire Easter collection is now recyclable. Compostable film is also being used for the windows resulting in a 30% reduction in packaging across the mug egg range.

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2012-02-21

Maximising our Resources

Maximising our Resources
Although we are still discussing the topic of Sustainability, another environmental challenge is now taking centre stage: Resource Efficiency. How does the cartonboard packaging sector respond to this challenge?

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2011-11-30

Pro Carton launches new Resource Efficiency section on its website.

Pro Carton launches new Resource Efficiency section on its website.
The European Commission has made a resource-efficient Europe a key element of its future strategy. The new website explains how the cartonboard packaging industry, which already has a good record on efficiency and improving environmental performance, is responding to this new challenge.

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2011-09-29

New Guide to Good Manufacturing Practice for cartons packaging food

New Guide to Good Manufacturing Practice for cartons packaging food
The new ECMA (European Carton Makers Association) Guide was launched on 15th September and is relevant to all companies which manufacture cartons intended to come into contact with food. It describes best practice to safeguard consumer health and safety, covering cartons used in dry, fatty and frozen food categories.

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2011-08-31

A single standard for all

A single standard for all
The international standards organisation (ISO) is presently working on the new standard ISO 14067 for the CO2 footprint of products in order to quantify and publish the greenhouse gas emissions of products and services as a worldwide standard. In Vienna, Pro Carton President Roland Rex and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wimmer, Technical University, Vienna, and the co-convenor of the ISO 14067 working party, Dr. Klaus Radunsky, met to discuss developments on the upcoming CO2 footprint of products. Pro Carton is convinced that the new standard will help to position cartonboard even more as a sustainable material for packaging. The CO2 footprint of products determines the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions which can be attributed to a product during its entire lifecycle. A final document is expected by the middle of 2012.

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2011-04-27

Save Food: protection wins

Save Food: protection wins
Estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) suggest that worldwide between 20 and 75 % of foods are somehow lost. Much of this could be saved: by “Save Food”. Together with the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the Düsseldorf Fair will be holding a congress on this topic as part of the Interpack 2011 exhibition. With cartons being the most sustainable and consumer-preferred packaging, they are a major contributor to ensuring that foods reach consumers in perfect condition and can be handled with care in households, states Pro Carton’s President, Roland Rex.

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2011-03-30

Forests – a basis for life

Forests – a basis for life
Forests are an integral part of global, sustainable development. To celebrate people's actions to sustainably manage the world's forests and to raise awareness of sustainable management and development in forests, the United Nations has declared an "International Year of Forests" for 2011. Only last year, a scientific study showed that the use of cartons and the manufacture of cartonboard in Europe encourages sustainable forest management and carbon sequestration in the forest, and that this can be directly related to carbon footprinting of cartons.

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2011-01-26

Pro Carton launches video on YouTube and on its website about cartons and Greenhouse Gas emissions

Pro Carton launches video on YouTube and on its website about cartons and Greenhouse Gas emissions
Those of us who prefer to watch films rather than to read lengthy texts can now learn about the biogenic carbon footprint of cartons in a short video.
Pro Carton’s video “Cartons, Carbon Footprint and Biogenic Carbon” summarises the industry’s approach to Carbon Footprinting, and highlights the finding that demand for cartons stimulates sustainable forest management which in turn leads to higher carbon sequestration in the managed forest. 730 kg of biogenic carbon for an average tonne of cartons made in Europe, is removed from the atmosphere.

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2010-10-27

Sustainability brochure – Update 2010

Sustainability brochure – Update 2010
“Sustainability and Cartonboard Packaging” published last year, gives an overview of cartonboard packaging’s perspective on the three pillars of Sustainability: Environment, Society and Economy. The section on Carbon Footprint has been updated to present the industry’s approach to both fossil carbon and the flow of biogenic carbon in cartons.

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2010-08-29

“Cartons and Carbon Footprint” – new brochure from Pro Carton now available

“Cartons and Carbon Footprint” – new brochure from Pro Carton now available
Pro Carton’s latest brochure clearly explains cartonboard packaging’s approach to fossil and biogenic carbon. It describes the carbon footprint part of the cartonboard and carton industry’s strong environmental story and highlights the carbon benefits of choosing cartonboard packaging.
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2010-07-28

Meeting the Climate Challenge

Meeting the Climate Challenge
Reducing the use of fossil fuels and emissions of carbon dioxide is a key challenge for manufacturing industries. Renewable energy is the way forward and the cartonboard industry is at the forefront by increasing its use of renewable fuel sources, while at the same time improving efficiency and investing in environmentally friendly technologies.
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2010-06-30

“ Carbon Footprint of Cartons in Europe”: Full details of study now available

“ Carbon Footprint of Cartons in Europe”: Full details of study now available
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute has developed a method to calculate the average Carbon Footprint of cartons sold in Europe. This detailed study was commissioned by ECMA (European Carton Makers Association) and supported by Pro Carton.
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2010-06-30

Ask the Expert: Ecodesign

Ask the Expert: Ecodesign
In the first issue of the new series "Ask the Expert" Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wimmer answered questions by Pro Carton members. Wimmer is professor at the Technical University Vienna and founder and managing partner of the Ecodesign Company Engineering & Management Consultancy GmbH located in Vienna, Seoul and Ottawa. He is an expert on solutions for systematically developing products with a new balance between economics and ecology.
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2010-04-29

Study: Ethical Consumption

Study: Ethical Consumption
A new study by the Hamburg Trend Bureau shows: ethical consumption will also show above average growth in the future. In spite of the present economic crisis it has the potential of becoming one of tomorrow's key drivers. The topic sustainability has also become firmly established in industry.
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2010-02-24

Pro Carton Study: Is Sustainability in Packaging Important?

Pro Carton Study: Is Sustainability in Packaging Important?
Consumer Attitudes on Packaging & Sustainability: An new report, commissioned from GfK by Pro Carton, shows unequivocally that Sustainability in packaging is important and consumers are interested in, and concerned about this issue. Over 64% of respondents said that packaging should consist of environmentally friendly materials and over 55% felt that packaging should contain as little plastic as possible.
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2009-11-30

New “Cartons/Environment” Website

New “Cartons/Environment” Website
Pro Carton is pleased to announce the launch of a new section on its website: "Cartons/Environment”. The site is designed to be an easy way to find out simple answers to basic questions about cartons and the environment. It is available as a title on the Menu bar on the Pro Carton Home Page, but to access the “Cartons/Environment” site now: Click on this "Cartons/Environment"-link.
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2009-11-30

European Carton Industry reduces carbon footprint by 7 % in 3 years

European Carton Industry reduces carbon footprint by 7 % in 3 years
The European cartonboard and carton industry has achieved significant improvements in its environmental performance, according to a Life Cycle Impact Assessment commissioned by Pro Carton. The European industry average carbon footprint was reduced by 7% and improvements were also recorded in other impact categories.
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2009-10-28

Sustainable Packaging from a Consumer's Perspective

Sustainable Packaging from a Consumer's Perspective
First insights on the new GfK study on the topic "Consumer Attitudes on the Sustainability of Packaging" to be presented at the 8. Pro Carton Congress on the 25th and 26th November 2009 at the Congress Center Düsseldorf.
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2009-10-28

The Next Generation

The Next Generation
Sustainability via "eco-intelligent" products
At the Pro Carton Marketing Event 2009 in Vienna, Wolfgang Wimmer and Stefan Gara presented a preview of the subjects they will be presenting at the International Pro Carton Congress in Düsseldorf in the End of November. With a clear message: that the changing environment may result in radical changes to business models and that it pays handsome dividends to take this into account.
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2009-10-28

Outlook on Carbon Reduction

Outlook on Carbon Reduction
First indications from a European new study just completed by Pro Carton showed that less fossil fuels were used in 2008 in cartonboard mills’ production and more biomass was used, than in 2005. Details of the study which will be published by the end of November will show: less consumption of fossil resources and a decrease in CO2 emissions.
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2009-09-11

The Next Generation:

The Next Generation:
Sustainability via "eco-intelligent" products
The Pro Carton Marketing Event 2009 clearly demonstrated that the changing environment may result in radical changes to business models and that it pays handsome dividends to take this into account. Both speakers will give an extended version of their presentation at the International Pro Carton Congress in November in Düsseldorf.
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2009-09-11

Sustainable Products & Packaging

Sustainable Products & Packaging
Pro Carton presents itself on 24th September 2009 on the "Naturkosmetik-Branchenkongress" in Nürnberg (Germany) with spectacular packaging examples for sustainable products and sustainable packaging.
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2009-09-01

New Sustainability Website

New Sustainability Website
Pro Carton is pleased to announce the launch of a new section on its website which contains detailed information on cartonboard packaging and sustainability.
Click on http://sustainability.procarton.com
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2009-07-02

Sustainability and Cartonboard Packaging

Sustainability and Cartonboard Packaging
How do the three pillars of sustainability relate to cartonboard packaging? Pro Carton has published a brochure which gives folding cartons’ perspective on Respecting the Environment; Cartonboard Packaging and Society and Value Creation.
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