Symrise advances sustainable packaging

Less weight, plastic and waste.

Symrise has committed itself to using fewer plastic containers in production and logistics. The company has been increasingly avoiding boxes for its powder products, and employing an increasing number of reusable barrels to transport the bags normally contained in the boxes instead. Besides reducing the use of paper, Symrise will also replace plastic containers with metal ones for use in laboratories.

The company also uses large barrels instead of multiple small canisters wherever possible. To achieve this, Symrise will work with its customers to optimise container size and deliver cost advantages. Such alternatives often require a smaller logistic area for transport. They also reduce the need for additional packaging materials, which, in turn, reduces CO2 emissions.

For liquid products, Symrise works with different intermediate bulk container (IBC) type. The company cleans them after use or replaces only the parts that come into contact with the product. Disposable packaging is sent to recycle for reuse elsewhere in a different form.

Björn Kumlehn, director technical purchasing at Symrise, stressed that the company constantly looks for possibilities to improve its carbon footprint, and added: “To achieve this, we rely on the cooperation of our suppliers and customers in many areas. Together with them, we identify innovative and sustainable packaging solutions for the future.”

Symrise has taken another step ahead with its carbon offsetting initiative for cardboard boxes, which was initiated in Germany in March this year. The company will calculate its carbon footprint for different packaging materials, while supporting climate protection projects based on this calculation, thus offsetting the unavoidable CO2 emissions that result from production all the way to transport at Symrise.

Each box is marked with a QR code, which is linked to a website with information on sustainability projects Symrise is supporting to offset unavoidable emissions. The website features a CO2 clock that displays the already saved CO2 value.