Food manufacturer Iglo wants to draw more attention to plant-based packaging alternatives and to convert additional packaging.
Frozen food manufacturer Iglo has already been avoiding fossil-based materials as much as possible for its products since 2015 and avoids petroleum-based plastic packaging wherever possible. Instead, around 95 percent of iglo products are packaged in paper-based cardboard boxes that can be disposed of in waste paper and remain in the cycle as a raw material, the company says. The remaining pouch solutions for ready meals are also to be gradually converted to renewable raw materials in the future.
“Iglo sees the change in nutrition,” says Philipp Kluck, CEO of Iglo Germany, “as a comprehensive, holistic approach. We appeal to all manufacturers to push the use of plant-based, i.e. renewable, raw materials. In particular, the aspect of CO2 storage by plants is still given too little consideration and should make us all think further.”
Currently, an increased plant-based diet is being discussed in the climate debate and is finding more and more fans. But according to Philipp Kluck, whose company offers consumers vegan and vegetarian products with its “Green Cuisine” or “Veggie Love” sub-brands, this constitutes only a single aspect. Equally important, is the resource factor. In the spirit of the circular economy, the aimin this is, among other things, to obtain and use resources in the best possible way and to preserve them in the long term or to return them to the economic cycle. In addition to sustainable procurement and regional cultivation of product ingredients, this also applies to packaging materials. Unlike plastic, cardboard and paper or other plant-based materials such as grass and straw are renewable raw materials that can either be recycled or are biodegradable and remain part of the cycle, explains Iglo.