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Sustainability and reuse of packaging

Sustainability is rarely the first thing that comes to mind when developing packaging. After all, the priority when shipping expensive and sensitive equipment is providing optimal protection, so issues like ‘carbon footprint’ and ‘life cycle analysis’ are rarely listed as requirements for new packaging. In practice, reuse often yields benefits, not only in terms of sustainability, but also in cost reduction and enhanced availability.

Cost model for sustainable packaging

Is reusable packaging more affordable? That’s a difficult question to answer, because economic feasibility depends on factors such as the number and type of packages, the return cycle, the distances and the mode of transport used. In practice, however, we have noticed that cost savings are often more realistic than would seem at first glance.

Break even berekening herbruikbare verpakking

Using the calculation model shown here, you can quickly inventory and evaluate a specific business case, and Faes Cases would be happy to assist you if necessary.

Organising reuse

The first step is to identify locations and shipping schedules. We can then determine how many reusable packages are needed in the pool in order to achieve the desired availability.

The next important step is to organise the return flow. This is very dependent on the individual situation. It is important to make clear agreements in the areas of:

  • Pool management

  • Monitoring

  • Tracking & tracing

  • Communications

  • Cost posts

  • Inspections

  • Issue

Life cycle of sustainable packaging

There is no standard answer to the life cycle of a sustainable package, but it is easy to maximise the life of reusable packaging with some relatively simple measures.

How do we do that? By implementing minor changes to the packaging itself, by periodically inspecting the condition of the package and cleaning or repairing it as needed.

For example, it is possible to follow the package on the PackStatus platform while it is in transit, in order to identify where it is located on the map at any time. PackStatus also detects other potential problems, such as shocks, vibrations, opening of the package, temperature and humidity. This relevant information can contribute to significantly extending the service life of your packaging.

If you’re wondering how your packaging solution can be made more sustainable, please feel free to contact us!


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