Sustainability | Bag-in-Box-Packaging | Smurfit Kappa

Best-in-class carbon footprint according to LCA studies

Today, Life Cycle Assesments are the most comprehensive studies to evaluate the complete impact of a piece of packaging on the environment.

In multiple studies conducted, Bag-in-Box clearly shows the best results in terms of global warming potential with an 8 times lower carbon footprint than glass bottles.

This is especially important as an increase in greenhouse gas emissions is the primary factor associated with global warming leading to the rise of sea level, mass species extinction, extreme weather, etc.

carbon footprint 

Shelf life 

Bag-in-Box prevents food waste

By optimally protecting the product before and during use to maximise the shelf life and enable consumption by glass, Bag-in-Box prevents the contents from being wasted.

It is a major global problem, as a third of food is wasted according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation.

As 90% of carbon emissions come from the food packaged (vs 10% packaging), it is extremely important to fight against food waste!

Packaging weight reduction

According to Flexible Packaging Europe, 26 million tonnes of packaging materials would be saved if all food was packed in flexible packaging.

We have compared our bags with different rigid plastic containers usually used for the same product and the plastic reduction is huge - between 54% and 86% according to different packaging types compared.

Plastic reduction 

Transport savings 

Transport and storage savings

Empty packaging is delivered flat using very little space and, after filling, is easy to palletise. This leads to substantial savings in logistic costs and CO2 emissions.

Bag-in-Box occupies a limited amount of space when stored thanks to its rectangular shape. For example, one truck transporting 5 litre bags and boxes is equivalent to more than 7 trucks transporting 75cL bottles.

75% corrugated cardboard

More than 75% of a 3-litre Bag-in-Box package is corrugated - fully recyclable, renewable and biodegradable - and only 25% is plastic.

85% of corrugated packaging is currently recycled in Europe. The box and the bag are easily separable, facilitating the recycling of the corrugated box.

The recyclability of the bag depends on the country and its collecting/sorting and recycling infrastructure. We are working together with our suppliers on new recyclable mono-material film structures to substitute plastics for which there are no recycling solutions today.

75 percent corrugated 


Does not become litter

Bag-in-Box is not among the plastic products frequently found on beaches or in the environment, such as PET bottles or snack packs.

In fact, Bag-in-Box is usually consumed at home and disposed in a dustbin after use. It is not individual packaging consumed on-the-go, therefore the risk of polluting a forest or a beach is limited.

Limited water and energy

Compared to other packaging types, the water and energy consumption for Bag-in-Box production is relatively low.

In a study conducted in 2010 by BioIntelligence, Bag-in-Box clearly shows the best results in terms of water and energy consumption.

Water and energy 

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