​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sustainable filtration technologies​

As an environmentally responsible company, Tetra Pak is at the forefront with a dedicated strategy focusing on sustainable use of natural resources with due regard to the profitability and sustainability of our customers’ businesses. By means of innovative technology, we are constantly developing new ways to reduce the resource usage, product wastage, and effluents of food producers to protect the environment:​​

VarioBoost power-saving software 

The software optimizes the speed control of the booster pumps automatically, thereby achieving up to 65 % power savings. VarioBoost is an integral part of new Tetra Pak membrane filtration solutions. 

Patent on the software is pending.​


The software helps the booster pumps run at the lowest possible speed without changing the performance of the membrane filtration plant. As a result, the need for cooling is also reduced, adding to the power saving.

In addition to the significant power savings, the intelligent software ensures longer membrane life and lower risk of telescoping of membranes, as the flow over the membranes is reduced during production.


Transportation of milk and whey contributes heavily to the environmental footprint and is very costly.

Concentration of the product by means of RO, however, will remove water selectively from the product, and raise the total solids content. Thus, it is possible to transport 3 or 4 times as much dry matter per transport unit. The excess water can be used as process water, contributing further to reduced resource usage.


  • Considerable reduction of transport costs (two thirds)
  • Reduced CO2 emission
  • Excess water can be used for process water, reducing drinking water consumption​

White water recovery

White water is the first flush water in connection with cleaning of a process line after production. 

Milk flush water comes from road tankers and milk silos in the form of raw milk, but also as pasteurized milk from pasteurizers, pipes, milk silos, filling machines and filtration systems. It contains a mixture of milk and water with approx. 1/3 milk and 2/3 water, but is most often discharged as waste water.

By means of Reverse Osmosis technology, the recov­ery process recovers valuable solids from the flush water and retrieves the water. Production wastage is reduced to an absolute minimum, as the concentrated product and the RO water can be reused.

Depending on local legislation, the milk solids can be used for:

  • Yogurt
  • Ice cream
  • Cheese
  • Fermented products​


  • No waste of product
  • Considerable reduction of waste water discharge and effluent charges
  • Reuse of water, reduced water consumption
  • Very short payback period

Green Flush

Green Flush is a highly resource-saving, software-based solution for effective flushing of a membrane filtration plant. Compared to a traditional full plant flush, Green Flush re­duces water consumption and the flow volume required for effective flushing by up to 30%. Additionally, implementa­tion of Green Flush will shorten the time required for flush­ing considerably and reduce power consumption accord­ingly.


  • Reduced flushing time and resource usage by up to 30%
  • Considerable reduction of waste water discharge and effluent charges

CIP Recovery

Cleaning of milk powder plants requires large volumes of lye, and after a CIP cleaning the lye contains a great deal of dissolved and suspended matter, making it unsuitable for direct use in a new CIP sequence.

As an alternative to dumping large quantities of spent lye, Tetra Pak has developed a separation method, regenerating 70% to 90% of the lye.

The process can run at 80°C, making it unnecessary to cool the lye prior to separation. This again reduces the resource usage, as energy loss from cooling and reheating is eliminated.


  • 70% to 90% regeneration of spent lye, chemical consumption reduced
  • More efficient cleaning
  • Considerable reduction of waste water discharge and effluent charges
  • Reuse of water, reduced water consumption
  • No energy loss from cooling or heating


The ESA™​ or Energy Saving ATD (Anti-Tele­scoping Device) is a technology that reduces power consumption of membrane fil­tration plants significantly​, while maintaining the output of the plant.


  • 10-40% reduction of the flow in the loops (energy savings)
  • Reduced need for cooling
  • Possibility of increasing the capacity of an installed​ plant
  • Possibility of energy subsidies in some countries
  • Less dead volume in the plant
Water recovery brochure

Water recovery and savings assessment

Water is an important part of any food production. Accessibility to water and local legislative requirements can influence the day-to-day business. Focus on water recovery and savings helps ensure a more robust business against water issues and create a more sustainable company profile. The economical aspect is an integral part of any solution provided.

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