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#Sustainability - 25 February 2022

"A lot of things could already be recyclable"

By 2027, all our packaging should be 100% recyclable and contain recycled materials. This requires a comprehensive circular economy.

A significant proportion of the environmental impact caused by dairy products occurs in the primary production of milk. "Nevertheless, we also see great potential in our packaging to become more environmentally friendly and thus ensure the best dairy moments also for generations to come," explains Gerold Schatt, Head of Sustainability at Emmi.

That’s why, as part of our sustainability strategy, we want to make all our packaging recyclable by 2027 and also use at least 30% recycled materials. With a comprehensive circular economy, the packaging can be reused and processed into new products.

“We also see great potential in our packaging to become more environmentally friendly and thus ensure the best dairy moments also for generations to come.”

Gerold SchattHead of Sustainability, Emmi Group

Get everyone on board

To achieve this, it is necessary to work with all parties involved in the value chain – from producers to retailers and consumers to reprocessers – to develop an ideal picture of such a cycle and to gradually optimise packaging to fit into a closed cycle.

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Many things are already recyclable

Put simply, large investments are required in the missing recycling infrastructure, as many countries lack a comprehensive collection and recycling system. "If such systems were in place, many things would theoretically already be recyclable today, such as our Emmi Caffè Latte cup made of recyclable polypropylene (PP)," says Bendicht Zaugg, Head of Sustainable Packaging at Emmi.

Automatically recyclable plastic

The Packaging Development team at Emmi is thinking extensively about the future of our packaging. The use of PP as the main material in Emmi Caffè Latte cups sets the course for circular packaging. Compared to other plastics, PP is easier to recycle because it can be easily sorted automatically.

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We are committed to recycling

To close this cycle, we are committed to a more comprehensive collection of materials as a member of the organisations "PRISMA" and "Drehscheibe Kreislaufwirtschaft". But we also buy recycled PP for our packaging.

Demand for this material is needed on the part of producers in order to create supply, so that more of this material will be available in the future. For this reason, all Emmi Caffè Latte cups for the UK have included a "circular PP" (cPP) component since last autumn.

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