Sustainable packaging material
Alternatives for our packaging
At Wollenhaupt, sustainability is not limited to the raw materials used for tea. Our packaging materials can also contribute towards greater environmental protection.
Specifically, this means:
Changing from plastic to paper adhesive tape
In production, we currently use a plastic adhesive tape made of polypropylene. This is basically 100 % recyclable, but in most cases the adhesive tape will not be removed from the cardboard and thus ends up in incineration. In future, we are going to use a paper adhesive tape which, on the one hand, consists of a renewable raw material and, on the other hand, can be 100 % recycled together with the cardboard.
Thickness reduction of cardboard packaging
We were able to reduce the thickness of some cardboard packaging used in the production process and partially achieved material savings of up to 40 %. This not only saves raw material but also water, energy, and CO2.
Thickness reduction of stretch film
We have reduced the thickness of the stretch film we use for transporting the pallets from 23 µm to 17 µm. This saves almost 30 % in material, water, energy, and CO2.
Thickness reduction of stretch tapes
We have achieved a thickness reduction from 40 µm to 10 µm in the stretch tapes used for transport. This allows a 75 % saving in material, water, energy, and CO2.
Document bags: Changing from plastic to paper
All our goods accompanying documents are attached to the goods with a document bag. We now use paper bags made from renewable raw materials instead of plastic bags. These can also be 100 % recycled via the paper cycle.
All new materials are thoroughly tested at our company so that we can rule out any reduction in quality and product safety. And because a resource-friendly approach to our environment is important to us, we are working on other projects, such as the use of grass-based cardboard in our cardboard packaging, the exchange of our closure labels with renewable raw materials, and the use of mono-materials in our films and bags to improve recyclability.