The 4evergreen forum, which is led by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), will see Smurfit Kappa work with leading brand owners and packaging companies to increase awareness about the benefits of fiber-based packaging materials.
The new initiative will also advocate for EU legislation to support recyclable product design, and call for the development of optimized collection systems and recycling infrastructure.
“We are delighted to be a founding member of this exciting alliance which promotes the unique environmental and sustainable qualities of the paper industry and aims to minimize climate and environmental impact," said Laurent Sellier, COO Smurfit Kappa Paper Europe. “Circularity is embedded throughout all aspects of our business so there is good synergy between Smurfit Kappa and 4evergreen.”
“A key element of the Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging initiative is to collaborate with new and existing partners to inspire new ideas and encourage change,” added Lars Henriksson, VP of Paper Product Development at Smurfit Kappa. “Our participation in creating 4evergreen reinforces our commitment to make our world a more sustainable place to live and work.”
With the rise of environmental awareness and consumer concerns, 4evergreen will act as a force to accelerate the development of alternative packaging materials, including fiber-based packaging, to help consumers make more climate-friendly choices.
Other members include Nestlé, Danone and Mars with the alliance calling for more organizations to join the initiative.