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Secondary packaging solution helps Oatly reduce packaging carbon footprint

22 November 2021

In partnership with BillerudKorsnäs, Oatly has implemented an innovative secondary packaging solution for products produced in its Singapore factory, enabling a reduction in secondary packaging material of up to 35% and an estimated reduction of CO2 emissions from secondary packaging by up to 50%, compared to conventional packaging solutions. 

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Oatly recently opened its first production facility in Asia to supply the nearby markets as part of the company’s global expansion. Products produced in the factory will be packed in boxes and transported on pallets during demanding climate conditions offering hot and humid weather which generates challenging logistics chains.

The conventional packaging solution to manage high humidity is adding additional material for sturdier packaging. But the team at BillerudKorsnäs BoxLab found a different solution to ensure enhanced sustainability performance while maintaining the quality standards of Oatly’s secondary packaging. 

The solution is based on the following principles:
• Minimising damage and waste throughout the logistics chain
• Focus on resource efficiency – using as little material as possible and minimise water usage
• Use packaging material that is recyclable and comes from renewable sources
• Transparency throughout the value chain securing renewable energy sources

This solution highlights the potential of addressing packaging challenges differently to ensure the sustainability performance is a key priority. 

Packaging material based on strong primary fibres can make a remarkable difference in demanding logistics chains. A 35% reduction in secondary packaging material will generate substantial savings of packaging material. 

The renewable paper material originates from responsibly managed forests and after use the packaging can be recycled and used for less demanding packaging multiple times.

“We always look to find solutions to make our production chain more sustainable, transparent and resource efficient. Therefore it’s great that we were able to find a solution to lower the climate impact and optimise the design of our Asian packaging,” said Jenny Belsö Trojer, global cat manager packaging material at Oatly.

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