Packaging

20% of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions results from food production

Aluminium packaging consists of:

  • 50 percent flexible applications – menu trays, food containers, plain foil and foil in laminates
  • 50 percent rigid applications – beverage and food cans, aerosol cans, closures, tubes etc.

Environmental benefits

About 20 percent of man-made GHG emissions result from food production. Aluminium’s low weight reduces energy required for transportation.

It is estimated that one-third of all food produced in Europe is wasted. Efficient food and beverage preservation, like aluminium packaging, reduces need for cooling and lowers food loss due to degradation.

Food packaging benefits

  • Hygienic
  • Non-toxic
  • Non-tainting
  • Retaining product flavor
  • Keeps content fresh
  • Optimal protection: impermeable to light, ultraviolet rays, water vapor, oils and fat, oxygen and microorganisms.

Benefits for consumer

Aluminium can provide packaging for canned and frozen foods and also fully prepared meals. For customers, this means saving time and more convenient food preparation.

Aluminium packaging allows transportation of products locally, regionally and globally, so valuable food resources become available to more people.

Did you know?

Every minute of the day, more than 123,000 aluminium cans are recycled?

Over 660 billion aluminium cans have been recycled since 1972. If placed end to end, they would stretch to the moon nearly 300 times.

1 kg aluminium equals the lining of 900 1-liter beverage cartons.

1 kg aluminium equals the lining of 900 1-liter beverage cartons.

Aluminium preserves milk or juice without cooling.

Emitting 40 grams less CO2 pr liters beverage adds up to 1 million metric tons less CO2. This is only from aluminium foil delivered by Hydro


Updated: October 3, 2016