Global Commitment 2020 Progress Report

August 3, 2020

In March, 2019, we were proud to sign the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. Koepala along with 450 other organisations have taken on this commitment in a joint force aimed to tackle plastic pollution. Every year around this time, we are responsible to report the progress on our commitments. We see this as a great opportunity to communicate with Koepala’s stakeholders about all of the positive impacts generated actions that Koepala has taken to create a more sustainable future. Our vision is to create the most sustainable takeaway packaging in the world.  You can check our actions road map  to see how we are making it happen. 

Koepala develops, tests and commercialises innovative packaging solutions that reduce and eventually eliminate the plastic within the packaging.

Problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging elimination

Koepala’s Aterimo is a material independent solution, thus we always try to test our concept with more environmentally-friendly materials. It is our goal to source the latest sustainable and safe-for-food materials which are bio-based and suitable to be reused, recycled or biodegrade and do not create harmful waste. 

In 2019, we tested with clients changing the material into a more sustainable one 

In 2020, we have started testing our design concept with 100% fibre-based material and we aim to have a pilot on a more industrial scale with this material in 2021. 

In 2022, we want to commercialize Koepala’s Aterimo with 100% fibre-based material. 

In addition to testing the latest materials with the existing concept, we continuously develop new packaging solutions that minimize material use, waste and are also optimal for circular economy. 

Moving from single-use towards reuse models where relevant

At Koepala, we adapt circular economy thinking in our design process to ensure that our solutions are designed to eliminate waste from the very beginning and can be simultaneously utilized for customer recycling. 

In 2019, we started this design process development and built the framework to take the first steps to apply circular design methodology and sustainable design thinking into our business.  

In 2020 so far, one of our key actions was onboarding a sustainability specialist who has theoretical knowledge and practical experience in circular economy. We have adapted systems thinking to analyze the whole value chain of our packaging and to identify the total impact of our solutions. We are also working on some industry and market research to see how Koepala’s Aterimo can be fully circular in the future. 

In 2021-2022, we aim to apply our knowledge into the client projects with food producers and retailers that cover the whole takeaway food value chain and which can test the feasibility of our packaging recycling model.  

Internally at Koepala’s office, we are committed to showing a good example of sustainability. Our staff only uses reusable water bottles and are encouraged to eliminate single-use products as much as possible.

100% reusable, recyclable or compostable progress

As stated above, by adopting a circular economy mindset, we are designing and developing solutions that can be optimized for reusability and recyclability. In addition, Koepala’s team is also actively looking for a new source of materials that can fulfil the criteria for food packaging and also has more recyclable content.

It is our sole aim to ensure all our packaging is fully reusable, recyclable into new packaging or home compostable at the of life and made of renewable materials by 2025 (if not earlier).

100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable & recycled content target across all plastic packaging used by 2025

As discussed earlier, we aim to change our packaging materials to 100% non-plastic by 2025 (if not earlier). Nevertheless, in any products that are manufactured, we aim to communicate better with food producers, retailers and consumers to develop a system that makes recycling  more effortless.

Thank you for checking out our progress towards a plastic free future. We would love to hear any feedback or suggestions. Please feel free to email us at

Koepala Team

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