The move has led to a reduction in secondary packaging material by up to 35% and an estimated reduction of CO2 emissions from secondary packaging by up to 50%.
Oatly recently opened its first production facility in Asia to supply local markets as part of its global expansion. Products from the factory will be packed in boxes and transported on pallets in demanding climate conditions with hot and humid weather, which creates challenging logistics chains.
The conventional packaging solution to manage high humidity is adding additional material for sturdier packaging. However, BillerudKorsnäs BoxLab created a different solution to ensure enhanced sustainability performance while maintaining the standards of Oatly’s secondary packaging.
The solution minimizes damage and waste throughout the logistics chain and focuses on resource efficiency, using as little material as possible while minimizing water usage.
It also uses recyclable packaging material from renewable sources.
“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 at BillerudKorsnäs.
The company said the reduction in secondary packaging material with up to 35% will generate substantial savings of packaging material per year.
“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 optimize the design of our Asian packaging,” said Jenny Belsö Trojer, global cat manager packaging material at Oatly.