CORPORATE & STRATEGY

ZERO PLASTIC

Paper not plastic

Flavor will rely completely on recycled material for tasting cups from 2021.

CORPORATE & STRATEGY

ZERO PLASTIC

Paper not plastic

Flavor will rely completely on recycled material for tasting cups from 2021.

Albrecht Kessel, Head of Sensory, and Sabine Rieke, Sensory Assessor, are proud: Sensory will now use only tasting cups made from recycled materials.

CORPORATE & STRATEGY

ZERO PLASTIC

Albrecht Kessel, Head of Sensory, and Sabine Rieke, Sensory Assessor, are proud: Sensory will now use only tasting cups made from recycled materials.

Paper not plastic

Flavor will rely completely on recycled material for tasting cups from 2021.

At the Symrise corporate head­quar­ters in Holz­minden, 500,000 plastic cups are used every year to taste flavoring ingredients. Each is only used once. The colleagues in Flavor alone use 300,000 just for the sen­sory quality control because they process approximately 450 samples per day and every sam­ple requires four single-use cups. “That makes an unbelievable 1,800 cups a day,” says Albrecht Kessel. This naturally led the head of the Sensory depart­ment to consider how he and his team could mini­mize their plastic waste in line with the sustain­ability strat­egy of Symrise.

This is the right time to take this step.

Dr. Claus Oliver Schmidt, Head of Global Quality & Regulatory Affairs

After doing research on adequate replacements, he submitted a sug­gestion for improvement. His idea: to introduce paper cups made from recycled ma­terial. This suggestion has now been adopted. “This allows us to make an important contri­bu­tion toward becoming more sustain­able at Symrise,” explains Albrecht. Other departments such as Appli­cation Technology for BU Culinary have already joined Albrecht Kessel’s initiative and are also switching to the new card­board cups. “The feed­back has been thoroughly positive,” explains Albrecht, who hopes this ini­tiative will serve as an example of best practice to other departments. As soon as the new tasting cups are in stock, all departments can intro­duce them. Technical Purchasing is currently surveying the market to find a suitable, more sustainable solution for all departments as well. In sensory quality control, the new cups will be introduced starting in January 2021. The leftover plastic cups will be used up by the end of the first quarter, predicts Albrecht. The new ones will be made exclu­sively of card­board from recycled ma­terial. “This is the right time to take this step, be­cause the European Union wants to likely ban or at least restrict the use of disposable plastic products next year,” says Dr. Claus Oliver Schmidt, Head of Global Quality & Regulatory Affairs.

Do the new cups end up in the paper recycling? Not necessarily. There is a potential solution that uses fully compostable cups. That would be the cherry on top of Sustainability-I.


You can find all UN Sustainability Objectives in the SymPortal: https://t1p.de/SYM-SDG


Other suggestions for avoiding plastic are always welcome and can be sent to: bernhard.kott@symrise.com

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