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Buencafe’s providers support its sustainability policy

29 January, 2018
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Buencafe's providers support its sustainability policy

Since 1973, when the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) created the Buencafé freeze-dried coffee factory, the company Smurfit Kappa has been its packaging supplier (corrugated cardboard boxes and trays), becoming a key partner to deliver the coffee we process in optimal conditions to different parts of the world.

Buencafé’s suppliers must be aligned with the company’s environmental and sustainability policy. In this case, we want to tell you how this multinational firm fully complies with this requirement, becoming a hallmark of reliability to those who buy and consume our freeze-dried coffee.

Alfredo Marín Jaramillo, Technical and Environmental Director of Smurfit Kappa, explains how this multinational group ensures sustainability and innovation through its packaging portfolio. “We started talking about sustainability over 25 years ago. We were the first company in Colombia for which being leaders in sustainable development was put in our vision. Today, several years later, we feel that we are doing things well and encourage other companies to do so”, Marín said. 

Smurfit Kappa holds the most important environmental seals around the world. One of these certifications is FSC, issued by the Forest Stewardship Council, based in Germany, and granted only to companies that have sustainable development as a corporate principle, verifying that their processes do not affect the environment.

Other important certifications are the Colombian Environmental Seal and ISO 14000. “The paper we produce is certified as organic. We use biodegradable chemicals and have made a lot of contributions to reduce the CO2 footprint, as well as regarding solid waste management and all relevant environmental issues,” engineer Marín noted.

 Ecological paper and renewable forests

Paper is produced with virgin fibers and recycled material. Fibers can be recycled only six times, because in paper production between 12% and 15% is lost in each process. “If there were no virgin fibers, there wouldn’t be any paper in the world in five months, so they are necessary to make the process sustainable. In our company we have the perfect balance: 30% of our products are made with recycled material and 70% with virgin fibers. We are the only producers achieving this balance. If we stopped production, prices of papers and boxes would rise, because fibers would have to be imported,” Smurfit Kappa Technical and Environmental Director explains. 

It is important to highlight that extraction of virgin fibers for Smurfit Kappa paper and cardboard boxes production is supported on their renewable forests system. The group has 70 hectares of own plantations and all raw timber used to make paper comes from there. 

This group’s promise of value to customers through their packaging portfolio lies in their commitment to each process, from design and manufacture of a box until it reaches final consumers.

“When we produce a package we focus on many things. One is that designs of boxes are functional and of high quality, as this also is part of our care for the environment: If a box failed, reprocessing would imply additional power and transport and more environmental impact. Since a box leaves Smurfit Kappa until the point of sale, nothing in the process should fail. We want our customers to sell, so we focus on attractive designs that draw buyers’ attention (when they are on the shelves) and keep products in optimal conditions.” 

For Buencafé, it is important to have partners that support all of its processes and ensure responsible environmental management, with goals focused on well-being of people and care for the environment.

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