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Welcome to our Sustainability Report snapshot, where you can see the milestones and highlights of 2022, as well as discover our approach to sustainability.

Ecolean was founded on an idea of using less, and we take great pride in offering lightweight, flexible packaging solutions for liquid food that make a difference for both customers and consumers. We believe that the world doesn't need more, it needs less.



Towards balance

We operate in a world where climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and human rights thresholds are being breached.

Human activity has seriously disturbed the Earth’s balance, and we know we are part of the problem. But we firmly believe that Ecolean can and must become an even larger part of the solution.


Our Sustainability Roadmap 2030 serves as a cornerstone of our journey to becoming a more circular business. The roadmap centers around a set of actionable goals that align with the principles of United Nations Global Compact, the Paris Agreement ambitions and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Safe food for all
Ecolean is here to bring safe food to people all over the world. We constantly develop our products to safeguard world class food safety and quality assurance.

Transparency is crucial
Ecolean commits to providing transparent and comparable CO2 data of all of our products, and to comply with relevant marketing regulations and good practices, when it comes to our communication.

Fair, equal and inclusive
Our targets relate to the people in our company and throughout our supply chain and are guided by our Code of Conduct and the principles of UN Global Compact. Our 2030 targets are to:

  • Achieve a 50/50 gender balance.
  • Ensure 5% of our employees are part of work rotation programmes.
  • Provide an average of one-week training per year for every employee.
  • Achieve zero injuries and work-related illnesses.
  • Zero corruption and zero breaches of human rights.


Taking climate action
We have set science-based targets that are aligned with the Paris Agreement. By 2030, we aim to:

  • Reduce our scope 1 and scope 2 GHG absolute emissions by 50%, and measure and reduce our scope 3 emissions, with 2018 as the base year.
  • Continue to source 100% renewable electricity for our production.
  • Transport 100% of our products by sea or on land.


Towards a circular business
Becoming part of the circular economy is central to our transition. Our 2030 targets are to:

  • Have 10% renewable or recycled polymers in our packages (100% by 2050).
  • Maximise the recycling of internally generated waste even when scaling up production.
  • Ensure all our packages comply with ‘Designed for recycling guidelines’.
  • Support and establish partnerships to develop recycling infrastructure in all our markets.


Year in focus

Key milestones in 2022

The progress made during 2022 allowed us to take considerable steps towards our Climate action goals: 

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Ecovadis Platinum 2023
Our sustainability work during 2022, placed Ecolean in the top 1% of 100,000 companies reviewed by EcoVadis, which awarded us the EcoVadis Platinum medal.


56% reduction of carbon emissions from transports
During 2022, only 0.44% of our goods (by weight) were transported by air. This is a 78% reduction in air freight compared with the previous year and a 56% reduction of our transport-related carbon emissions.


100% renewable electricity
We continue to source 100% renewable electricity in all our production sites globally, including China, Pakistan and Sweden, promoting the use of renewable sources of energy. Globally, the proportion of total renewable energy used in our operations remained at 96%.

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Promoting circularity in China
During the year, our Chinese team has joined three different circular economy associations to engage in and support the recycling of plastics, develop recycling infrastructure and the circular economy in the market.

Reducing the need of 100 containers
Ecolean’s warehouse and logistics departments have implemented a new transport standard that optimises the number of packages in each shipping container, saving over 100 containers from being shipped during the year.

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Looking back and forward

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Remaining accountable

By aligning with external frameworks and guidelines, we ensure that we remain accountable and in line with the current sustainability science and agenda. 


The Science Based Targets Initiative
Ecolean's climate targets are approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), since 2020. We work to reduce our scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50 percent by 2030 compared with 2018 and to measure and significantly reduce our scope 3 emissions. Our targets are in line with the Paris Climate Agreement—limiting global warming to well-below 2°C, above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.

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UN Global Compact
Ecolean is a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact since 2021. Committing to uphold the UN's ten Guiding Principles, concerning social, economic and environmental aspects.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, addresses economic, social and environmental development issues on a global scale. The Sustainable Development Goals provide a powerful aspiration for improving our world – laying out where we collectively need to go and how to get there.

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