SIG has announced it is offering ASI-certified aluminium as standard for all SIG packs in Europe.
The company revealed it is the first in the industry to obtain certification to both the ASI (Aluminium Stewardship Initiative) Performance and Chain of Custody standards and is the only aseptic carton producer to offer ASI-certified aluminium in its packs.
The first ASI-labelled cartons were launched by customers such as B-Better (from Unilever’s Better Future Platform), Riedel and DRINKS in 2019. Now, ASI-certified aluminium will come as standard for all SIG packs in Europe. The new aluminium standard will be introduced this month, starting with customers launching new products or designs.
“ASI certification helps to drive improvements for people and the environment throughout the aluminium value chain,” said Carsten Haerup Christensen, VP Cluster Europe at SIG. “And it offers SIG customers another credible label, alongside FSCTM certification for paper board, to show consumers that they are committed to responsible sourcing of their packaging.”
SIG has already developed aluminium-free solutions and is working to eliminate aluminium from its packs. But an ultra-thin barrier layer of aluminium foil is still needed for a number of shelf-stable products filled in SIG packs to protect them from light and oxygen, and keep products like fruit juices safe and nutritious.
Certification to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) standards demonstrates that aluminium comes from responsible sources. ASI certification aims to enhance traceability and responsibility in the supply chain through audits against strict standards on ethical, environmental and social criteria.
To help track responsibly sourced aluminium, SIG has a tracking system in place that is audited to maintain certification.