Sustainable packaging

  1. Dr. Schär
  2. Sustainable packaging

As part of our sustainability strategy, packaging plays an important role in our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint. For our consumers, it is important our products are provided in packaging that is safely gluten-free but also preserves the taste. At the same time, we want to reduce the amount of waste from our products without compromising on quality and safety.

We strive to optimise our use of packaging materials and to adjust them for the future: That is why we are rethinking the way we use plastics and looking for innovative packaging solutions.

    • Beginning in 2024, the transition to fully recyclable, recycled or compostable packaging materials will be completed.
    • We have also set ourselves the ambitious goal of reducing the use of plastic materials in product packaging by 25% by the end of 2024.

On the way to sustainable packaging, we have defined three strategic goals:

  1. Eliminating all unnecessary packaging and reducing packaging sizes.
  2. Helping consumers to dispose of packaging properly by providing information on recycling and simple instructions on packaging.
  3. Monitor and evaluate progress on environmentally friendly packaging for a waste-free future.

The new sustainable recipe for the bread market

Our recipe for sustainability
Sustainable food packaging in 2021

We already reached a first milestone in the development of sustainable food packaging in 2021, launching the world’s first gluten-free bread packaging made with certified circular plastic.

The new packaging of Schär Panini Rolls consists of 46 % recycled plastic from chemically recycled mixed post-consumer plastics.

Our way to more sustainable packaging
  1. 2020

    Since 2020, 35% of our product packaging has been made from recyclable material.

  2. 2021

    In November 2021 we will launch a new packaging for gluten free bread made from recycled plastics. The new packaging of the Panini Rolls is made with 46% recycled plastic from chemically recycled mixed post-consumer plastics.

  3. 2022

    From 2022 we will start in some markets to eliminate the tray and reduce the foil from the Wholesome Loaf product series. Wholesome Loaf’s packaging represents 39% of the overall Schär plastic packs – the perfect basis to initiate impactful change. This will account for an overall reduction of Schär plastic packaging of 15%.

  4. 2023

    In 2023 we plan for the foil of the whole Wholesome Loafs product series to be recyclable. Furthermore, we expect to complete the validation of recyclable solutions for almost every product family by the end of 2023.


  5. 2024

    We are committed to ensuring that all packaging is 100% recyclable, recycled or compostable by 2024. In addition, optimization of pallet handling and transport will be completed by 2024. By the end of 2024, we have also set ourselves the ambitious goal of reducing the use of all materials - whether plastic, paper or glass - in product packaging by a further 25%.