Swedish Match strives to deliver the best possible products while minimizing waste.
The Company works to reduce packaging materials while introducing continuous improvements that not only deliver high consumer value, but also reduce the negative environmental footprint.
Swedish Match also strives to use environmentally adapted materials in its packaging.
Snus and moist snuff
For snus, continuous improvements mean adhering to quality standards such as those set forth by GOTHIATEK®, as well as the ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 standards.
For both Swedish snus and US moist snuff, the plastic cans and lids are made from polypropylene. Rolls of cans are mostly shrink-wrapped in polyethylene. At complete combustion, only carbon dioxide and water remain from these plastics. All coloring agents in the plastic are approved for food packaging.
Paperboard is the standard snus packaging used for loose snus. It is made from recycled paper and the inside is covered in paraffin wax to help keep the product separated from the packaging. Using paperboard means that the packaging materials will biodegrade easily.
In Sweden, the Company is a member of the Packaging and Newspaper Collection Service which help businesses meet their legal obligations for recycling their products or packaging.
For cigars, the usage of FoilFresh® packaging has provided longer shelf life of products, reducing the need for returns of old or stale product, which in turn can reduce waste to the landfill.
Also, the use of 100 percent recycled paperboard within certain packaging formats has increased significantly. All byproduct paper from the production of packaging material used in the Company’s factory in Dothan (Alabama, the US) is returned to the supplier, who converts it to an energy source.
Matches and lighters
For matches, post-consumer recycled fibers are being used for the vast majority of the production of inner and outer match boxes. Forest Stewardship CouncilTM (FSCTM) certified materials are increasingly being used for match cardboard.
For lighters, packaging for utility lighters has been developed which helps to minimize the use of material used. This also helps to maximize the amount of units that can be loaded on freight containers when distributing the products.