I must be living under a rock because I didn’t realize until very, very recently that Tetra Pak products can be recycled. I remember hearing ages ago how recycling wasn’t viable for them because there were multiple layers of paper and plastic. Then just recently they sent me an email which mentioned sustainability and I decided to see if they could be recycled now. I was pleased to find out that many facilities ARE offering this service now. My city, a suburb of Columbus Ohio, is one of them.
This makes me happy because it opens up more options. I dislike buying products that come in plastic bottles or aluminum cans. Tetra Pak provides another option. Some of the things that I like that come in this kind of packaging are coconut water, broth, stock, coconut milk, almond milk, regular milk, gravy, and juice. I don’t always have time these days to make my own chicken broth or my own coconut milk. I like that I can run to the store in a pinch and buy some organic broth and coconut milk AND have it come in a safer container.
The nature of the packaging also makes them a bit more planet friendly (recycling aside). Less packing is used for products put in a Teta Pak and they weigh less which means fewer resources are used to transport them. They are not refrigerated, which means fewer wasted resources and the machines used to fill them even require less energy. After they are dropped off for recycling they can be recycled into tissue products, closing the loop. I am happy I looked into them and found out that much has changed!
Monday, December 30th, 2013