Sustainability and reuse of packaging

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Bart Burmanje
Sales Manager
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Impact on the environment and your costs

Sustainability is not usually the first topic that comes to mind when developing packaging. When shipping valuable and sensitive equipment, it goes without saying that optimal protection is the first concern.

Keywords such as ‘carbon footprint’ and ‘life-cycle analysis’ rarely appear in the set of requirements. While, in practice, reuse often provides benefits. Not only for the environment, but also in cost savings and improved availability of packaging.

Cost model of sustainable packaging

Whether reuse of packaging is affordable is a difficult question. After all, economic feasibility depends on factors such as the number of packages, the type of packaging, the turnover rate, distances and transport modality. In practice, savings are often more realistic than you might think.

break-even-berekening-herbruikbare-verpakkingOrganisation of re-use

With the help of a calculation model as shown here you can quickly identify and assess a certain business case. The Packaging People of Faes support you in this, because this can be quite complex. The first step is to map out locations and shipping schedules. Based on the requested availability it is determined how much reusable packaging is needed in the pool. An important next step is the organisation of the return flow. This is very situation-dependent. Make sure that clear agreements are made regarding:

  • Pool management
  • Monitoring
  • Tracking & tracing
  • Communication
  • Cost allocations
  • Control
  • Release

Life cycle of sustainable packaging

Unfortunately, there is no standard answer to this either. However, it is possible to maximise the lifetime of reusable packaging with relatively simple measures. How do we do this? By making small adjustments to the physical packaging, by periodically monitoring the condition of the packaging and cleaning or repairing it when necessary.

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