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European tobacco packaging manufacturing pays attention to sustainable development (Part I)

with the enhancement of consumers' environmental awareness, recycling is becoming more and more important. At present, sustainable development has become an important issue in the packaging industry. But how will this affect tobacco packaging and how will the tobacco industry react

a tobacco carton is made of GC1 or GC2 high-quality folding carton board on the basic nut), slope, eccentric wheel, lever, etc., but is the source of these materials sustainable? Cigarette cardboard box is the highest quality cardboard produced from raw pulp. This kind of food contact grade cardboard will not make cigarettes stained with any unwanted taste or smell. Because of this 5. Filter: reason, recycled paperboard is usually not used for cigarette paperboard, but this does not mean that paperboard is not from a sustainable source. The world's top cardboard manufacturers, including international paper company, MeadWestvaco, Storaenso and Iggesund, use wood pulp from sustainable sources to a large extent. Steven Leith, global marketing manager of coded cardboard in the tobacco Department of international paper company, said: sustainable development is a big problem in international paper companies. Every time a tree is cut down, a small tree must be planted, and they can only be harvested after a period of years

according to steffan Sjoberg, the marketing manager of Iggesund, its company and its parent company Holmen are among the 100 most sustainable companies in the world. Iggesund's paperboard is produced by primary fibers from well managed forests in Sweden and the UK

he also said: most of these forests are managed according to the standards of the forest working committee or the forest certification project, and the rest are managed according to the Swedish forest law, which is close to other standards

in the interview, jori ringman, the recycling director of the federal European paper industry, claimed that the packaging industry as a whole uses 48.6 million tons of primary fibers from forests, and these sources must be sustainable; Many forests in Europe are the source of wood pulp. He went on to say that the forests in Austria and Finland are 100% sustainable forests, and Sweden is 98% sustainable. Its exports to developed countries are mainly low-end and middle-end forests. In Europe, the area of sustainable and identified forests has been increasing, with the area of 400 football fields increasing every day, but only 9% of the world's forests are sustainable

recycled materials

although recycled fibers are not used in tobacco packaging production, this does not mean that it cannot recycle its own high-quality paper. Ringman commented that some paper is 100% recycled, but other high-grade paper and paperboard, such as those tobacco cardboard, will be made of a higher amount of primary fiber or 100% primary fiber

in the past 10 years, the recovery rate of paper and paperboard in Europe has increased from 60% in 1997 to 77% in 2006 (data from the paper packaging Coordination Group). This is far more than the EU packaging directive, which stipulates that high molecular materials with a recovery rate of 60% in 2008 have three mechanical states at different temperatures. It is very clear that through the collection of waste paper and decisive recovery, the road to further sustainable packaging will include effective cooperation with the entire supply chain from material sources

now the main focus is to improve the recovery rate of the whole paper value chain, ringman mentioned. The tobacco industry cannot make a contribution by using recycled fibers, because it needs such high-quality packaging, but it can make a contribution by promoting the recycling of tobacco cartons (many cartons in Europe have green dots). International paper company suggests Steven Leith to reduce the amount of materials used in tobacco packaging, but to maintain performance, of course, to make this kind of packaging as light as possible and transport cheaper

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