Sustainable Raw Materials

Sustainability from the start: sourcing of raw materials

ACE supports measures that promote the sustainable use of forest, agriculture, marine, freshwater, and urban ecosystem materials. ACE members commit to integrating biodiversity considerations, such as sustainable sourcing and supply chain requirements, into all circular economy policies. By correctly managing forests, the carbon in forest ecosystems can be maintained or increased over a long period, thus ensuring biodiversity is maintained.

Sourcing of sustainable raw materials is critical to reducing a negative environmental impact, and ACE encourages all value chain partners to take actions to ensure the sustainable sourcing of all raw materials, both renewables and non-renewables.

A commitment to wood traceability

Traceability of raw materials is critical and the beverage carton industry has long been at the forefront when it comes to promoting sustainable sourcing of its raw materials. As an industry, we ensure that we do not have illegally logged timber from non-sustainable sources within our supply chains.

With beverage cartons comprised of roughly 75% from wood fibre, a natural renewable resource, securing a long-term supply is key. As such, ACE members have committed to only sourcing raw materials from sustainably managed forests.

The commitment outlines a system to ensure 100% chain-of-custody certification:

  • By 2015 for all paperboard purchased worldwide
  • By 2018 for all their own packaging material manufacturing plants worldwide

In 2015, ACE Members achieved their voluntary commitment to only use wood fibres from legal and acceptable sources which are covered by certified traceability systems. In addition, our members voluntarily committed to secure 100% Chain of Custody certification for all their production sites.

Food packaging is essential for securing our global food supply.

It’s a key factor in ensuring not only the safety of the food we eat and the beverages we drink, but also in preventing food waste and the subsequent loss of resources both in Europe and beyond.