In partnership with BillerudKorsnas, plant-based milk brand 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 per cent.

According to BillerudKorsnas, the move will achieve an estimated reduction of CO2 emissions from secondary packaging by up to 50 per cent, compared to conventional packaging solutions. 

Oatly recently opened its first production facility in Singapore to supply nearby markets, including Australia, as part of the company’s global expansion. 

Products made in the factory are packed in boxes and transported on pallets during demanding climate conditions, with hot and humid weather generating challenging logistics chains.

The team at BillerudKorsnas BoxLab were able to find an alternative solution to ensure enhanced sustainability performance, while maintaining the high-quality standards of Oatly’s secondary packaging.

BillerudKorsnas’ innovative solution is based on the following principles:

  •       Minimising damage and waste throughout the logistics chain;
  •       Focusing on resource efficiency – using as little material as possible and minimise water usage;
  •       Using packaging material that is recyclable and comes from renewable sources; and
  •       Creating transparency throughout the value chain securing renewable energy sources. 

“To challenge conventional packaging solutions for a sustainable future has long been the guiding star for BillerudKorsnas,” said Henrik Ahlgren, sales director Asia & Pacific, BillerudKorsnas. 

“Oatly is a company that strives to produce sustainable and responsible products. We think alike in many ways.”

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,” said Jenny Belso Trojer, global cat manager packaging material at Oatly. 

“Therefore, it’s great that we are able to work with BillerudKorsnas to find this solution to lower the climate impact and optimise the design of our Asian packaging.”

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