Advantage of Beverage Paper Carton

We sublimate our beverage paper carton derived from wood resources into a product that will contribute to reduce CO₂ emissions with enhanced recyclability.

Contribution to a circular economy

Our cartons are manufactured with paperboard which use wood resources from sustainably managed forest. Using paperboard as a main material for carton, CO2 emissions can be significantly reduced compared to the other beverage containers made of high non-biomass materials, because wood resources (biomass materials) absorb and fix CO2, which is a greenhouse gas. In addition, cartons are suitable for recycling, can contribute to circular economy.

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    Material of beverage carton

    About 80% by weight of our cartons are made from renewable wood resources. Since CO2 is fixed in itself during the growth process of trees, the CO2 released by incinerated carton after use is derived from the carbon absorbed by the tree from the atmosphere, so it is considered that CO2 in the air does not increase or can be stated as neutral.

    We produce the following types of cartons using wood resource materials.
    ・NP-PAK, Pure-Pak®(Chilled distribution) : Carton for short storage period of about 2 weeks and requires refrigerated storage. The both side of the carton board are coated with thin layer of polyethylene. It is mainly used for milk, but it can also be used for soft drinks.
    ・FUJIPAK(Aseptic, ambient distribution): Carton for aseptic filling. It can be stored at room temperature for a long period of several month by using mainly aluminum as the barrier layer. It is often used as a package for 200 ml portion pack vegetable juice and soy milk, and package for 1000ml is also available.

    Challenge for excellent recyclable products
    Wood based materials are highly recyclable. Our cartons are recyclable and can contribute more to environmental conservation by recycling. On the other hand, there is a challenge that the recovery rate of cartons with aluminum layer for recycle is low.

    In order to increase the recovery rate, we are working for the recycle of a mixture of polyethylene and aluminum as a residue (poly-al), and also have developed a paper carton without aluminum layer that does not impair the characteristics of long-term storage at room temperature.

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    Reason to use certified forest paperboard

    We promote the use of paperboard endorsed with forest certification system as part of our efforts to realize a sustainable society by sourcing wood materials from properly managed forests.

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    We have three principles for sourcing wood materials; “Sustainability”, “Traceability”, “Accountability”, and based on the “Philosophy and Basic Policy Concerning Raw Materials Procurement” of Nippon Paper Group, we procure from forests where sustainable forest management is carried out.
    Based on our group’s procurement policy, we promote the use of certified forest paperboard for our carton as a part of our efforts to realize a sustainable society by procuring raw materials from properly managed forests.

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    What is certified forest paperboard

    Forest certification is a system in which a third-party organization certifies forests with sustainable forest management, and also certifies organizations whether the certified materials are properly identified through the process of distribution and processing.
    Our procurement policy for paperboard for carton is based on the premise that the supplier is certified under forest certification scheme suitable and available on its business area.

    PEFC label
    PEFC is one of the largest forest certification schemes in the world.
    A major feature is that PEFC assesses and endorses the forest certification schemes of each country, which are established and developed with respect for social and natural conditions, based on the PEFC’s global sustainability benchmarks.
    SGEC, a certification scheme developed in Japan, was endorsed by PEFC in 2016.
    PEFC-certified products can carry PEFC label, and can be distributed and sold.