Derrick Lin


Design Agency: Tetra Pak
Location: Denton, TX
Project Type: Concept

First fully renewable Gable Top package produced and filled in the U.S.

Gable Top Bio-based from Tetra Pak offers brands the first packaging made completely from renewable materials: paperboard and plant-based plastics

Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging equipment company, announces the successful production of the first fully renewable Gable Top package in the United States. Tetra Pak Gable Top Bio-based packages are made solely from renewable materials, defined as natural resources that can be replenished over time. The innovative new cartons are developed from a combination of paperboard and sugar cane derived plastics.

First introduced in Europe in January 2015 as Tetra Rex® Bio-based, the new Tetra Pak Gable Top Bio-based package was specially adapted for the U.S. market.

“Environmental excellence is one of Tetra Pak’s strategic priorities and a driver of our product development activities,” said Carmen Becker, president and CEO at Tetra Pak Inc. “We’re proud to be the first to offer a fully renewable carton package to the U.S. market and believe that increasing the renewable content of our packages is not only good for the environment, but also offers our customers a competitive advantage.”

Tetra Pak customers using the standard half-gallon gable top with or without closure can easily transition to the new bio-based version without the need for any additional investment or modification to their existing filling machines.

The Tetra Pak Gable Top Bio-based package follows a long line of successful innovations in sustainability at Tetra Pak, including the launch of the fully renewable Tetra Rex Bio-based package in Europe, the global launch of the industry’s first bio-based cap and the successful introduction of bio-based coatings for all packages produced in Brazil.

The outstanding environmental profile of Tetra Pak’s fully renewable package continues to garner international attention. In the last year, it has been recognized with seven awards, including first place in the Sustainable Innovation category at the Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards. Tetra Pak now expects to deliver globally more than 100 million of these fully renewable packages to customers in 2016.

What’s Unique?
This the first fully renewable Gable Top package in the U.S. The innovative new carton is developed from a combination of paperboard and sugar cane derived plastics. This packaging is for innovative milk & juice brands in the chilled and ESL (extended shelf life) looking for an environmentally superior packaging option.