Lucart, one of the top European manufacturers of paper and tissue products, unveiled the new environmental targets achieved through the Natural Project, a preview of what the Group’s stakeholders will find in the 2021 Sustainability Report.
Lounched in 2010, Natural Project is an award-winning circular economy endeavor that separates Tetra Pack-type beverage cartons into their component parts, namely cellulose fibers, polyethene and aluminum. Thanks to cutting-edge processes and technologies, the cellulose fibers are then converted into Fiberpack®, an innovative material used in the production of paper products such as Grazie Natural, Lucart’s 100% ecological toilet paper line.
In the 2013-2021 period, considering the tons of Fiberpack® paper produced through the Natural Project, the company has contributed to:
- Recover more than 7,6 billion beverage cartoons, equivalent to a distance equal 44 times travelling around the Earth
- Avoid using more than 3,3 million trees, equivalent to an area of more than 11.200 football fields
- Prevent more than 195.000 tons of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere
From aluminum and polyethene, Lucart obtains two other materials, Al.Pe.® and GranPlast. The former is used by external partners to produce paper dispensing systems; the latter, a special plastic granule produced in the Diecimo plant, is transferred to Newpal SpA, a joint venture between Lucart and CPR System, to produce high-quality pallets in recycled plastic. The recent creation of Newpal S.p.A. thus makes it possible to completely close the recycling loop of beverage containers, creating major benefits for the environment and new business opportunities.