Sustainability

Everythings starts with paper

The benefits of paper-based packaging

From an environmental standpoint, fibre-based packaging solutions offer several key benefits over plastic packaging:

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Material

Paper is a natural and renewable material by definition

In our case, the material always comes from certified forests

Moreover, the consumption of paper and fibre-based packaging helps reforestation, since at least 3 new trees are planted for each one harvested, increasing the potential for carbon sequestration

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Process

Paper mills use sustainable manufacturing processes

92% of the water used in the process is returned to the environment

The energy powering the process is provided by a cogeneration plant

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End of life

Paper-based packaging behaves just like paper, even when coupled with a thin polymer coating layer, and therefore offers the benefits of circular economy, being suitable for collection and recycling after disposal

Paper-based packaging also enjoys lower tax rates than plastic for polymer contents

Paper and board is most recyclable packaging material in Europe with a rate of around 85.6% (Eurostat 2018)

What’s more, choosing paper-based packaging contributes to achieving the EU objective of carbon neutrality within the framework of a circular economy by:
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Helping to decarbonise the food chain, keeping food waste to a minimum and substituting CO2 intensive materials with forest-based alternatives

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Reducing waste by working with policymakers and value chains to introduce 21st Century recycling systems

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Increasing circularity by working with policymakers and value chains to enhance further secondary streams for collection and recycling of paper packaging

Sustainably managed forest

Sustainably managed forests play an important role in mitigating climate change by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere through reforestation. Forest management certification standards (FSC®, PEFC™ and SFI®) address a wide range of the economic, social, environmental and technical aspects of forest management, including forest conversion, forest plantations, reforestation, pest management, health, safety and working conditions.

Today, the general rule in sustainably managed forests is that at least three new trees are planted for each one harvested

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In Europe, forests cover around 35% of the land area (190 million hectares), making Europe one of the most forest-rich regions in the world

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European forests, the source of over 90% of the wood fibre used in the region’s paper mills, have been growing by an area equivalent to 1,500 football pitches every day

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The overall positive climate effect is estimated at ‐806 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents annually. This corresponds to around 20% of all fossil emissions in the European Union

Circular

Virgin fibres have specific qualities for appearance and processability which make them suitable for food packaging with direct food contact. After use, virgin fibres return to the paper cycle as fresh cellulose, enhancing the quality of recycled material

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Wood fibre can be recycled up to seven times before it loses its strength

Sustainability at Seda

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Certified
Materials

Over 90% of the raw materials used in our processes come from renewable sources

100% fibres come from PEFC certified sources (FSC and SFI certified sources available upon request)

We prioritise the reuse of recycled fibres when not used in primary packaging and food safety is guaranteed

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Sustainable
process

We’re able to reuse or recycle 99% of the materials utilised in our production cycles

Our plants operate efficiently, achieving ambitious energy, waste, emission and water targets thanks to state-of-the-art technology and processes

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Circular
end of life

Seda packaging is manufactured in accordance ecodesign principles with particular attention to materials and end of life

All our paper-based packaging is recyclable and support the circular economy EU recyclability target

Our products keep CO2 sequestered throughout the various recycling stages until end of life

Our Certifications

Our Active Commitments

We’re working on two fronts to achieve our sustainability goals:

With our Food Service Customers
Co-creating packaging recycling points in their restaurants

With communities and other stakeholders
Teaming up to promote paper product collection and recycling, particularly for on-the-go consumption, by raising environmental sustainability awareness

We also work closely with global associations of major stakeholders in the industry to actively encourage the development of projects promoting sustainability on the international stage

Seda is a founding member of