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BillerudKorsnäs partners Oatly for sustainable packaging to withstand humid Singapore weather



Packaging company, BillerudKorsnäs has partnered with oat drink company, Oatly, to develop corrugated transport boxes for Oatly’s Singapore-produced products.


Oatly recently opened its first production facility in Asia to supply the nearby markets.


Products produced in the Singapore factory will be packed in boxes and transported on pallets during demanding hot and humid climate conditions, which generates challenging logistics chains.


The conventional packaging solution to manage high humidity is to add extra material for sturdier packaging. BillerudKorsnäs BoxLab found a different solution to ensure enhanced sustainability performance while maintaining the high quality standards of Oatly’s secondary packaging.


BillerudKorsnäs' solution was built based sustainable principles including being able to minimise damage and waste throughout the logistics chain, while using as little material as possible and minimising water usage. The recyclable packaging material comes from renewable sources and transparency throughout the value chain is promoted.


As a result, the corrugated transport boxes designed to hold six 1-litre cartons of oat drink for distribution was introduced.


The corrugated transport boxes enabled a reduction in secondary packaging material by up to 35% and an estimated reduction of CO2 emissions from secondary packaging by up to 50%, compared to conventional packaging solutions.


To challenge conventional packaging solutions for a sustainable future has long been the guiding star for BillerudKorsnäs. Oatly is a company that strives to produce sustainable and responsible products. We think alike in many ways,” said Henrik Ahlgren, Sales Director Asia & Pacific, BillerudKorsnäs.


According to BillerudKorsnäs, packaging material based on strong primary fibres can make a remarkable difference in demanding logistics chains. The reduction in secondary packaging material with up to 35% can generate substantial savings of packaging material per year.


BillerudKorsnäs added that the renewable paper material originates from responsibly managed forests.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. Therefore it’s great that we are able to work with BillerudKorsnäs to find this solution to lower the climate impact and optimise the design of our Asian packaging,” said Jenny Belsö Trojer, Global Cat Manager Packaging Material at Oatly.

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