The multinational food packaging and processing company aims to launch a paper straw for its portion-sized carton packs by the end of this year. This is part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste.
Playing an integral role for products in packs consumed on the go, straws are part of the plastics waste problem. Tetra Pak has been working to encourage consumers to push straws back in the pack once they have consumed the contents. This is so straws and packs can be collected together.
A team at Tetra Pak is working on the development of paper straws suitable for use on the company’s portion-size cartons. ‘It sounds simple but there are a number of significant challenges to producing a paper straw with the required properties,’ explains Charles Brand, executive VP of product management & commercial operations at Tetra Pak. He says the development team is confident a solution can be found and that a paper straw alternative will be launched in a few months. The company’s packs are on average made up of 75 per cent paperboard. Developing paper straws would be another important step toward the company’s long term ambition of offering a completely renewable portfolio.