Awareness of the dwindling resources of our planet has been on the rise for decades, yet the issue has never been in the spotlight more than today.
We at Polymer Logistics, together with our customers, are conscientious about our environment and are taking real measures to help create the most productive and sustainable supply chain.
When examining environmental issues, all industries face three main criteria:
Reducing waste - our various packaging solutions are made of durable, long lasting plastic materials which provide an alternative to highly waste producing materials. In addition, our RRP reduces the rate of product damage throughout the supply chain and is 100% recyclable.
Conserving energy - by using reusables, less energy is needed in order to manufacture packaging. The average life cycle of PL's plastic crate stands at around 10 years therefore the energy required for recycling is substantially reduced.
Conserving natural resources - by choosing reusable plastic packaging, the need to harvest our world's natural resources is diminished considerably. Consequently, fewer trees need to be cut down to produce common packaging materials such as wood and cardboard.
Two main studies comparing the environmental influences of three different packaging systems were carried out in the past decade. They compared cardboard, wood and plastic boxes.
The Sustainability of Packaging Systems Life-Cycle Analysis (2009)
The study's main findings:
The Franklin Life Cycle Study (2004) - Key findings were that RPC's:
- Require 39% less total energy
- Produce 95% less total solid waste
- Generate 29% less total greenhouse gas emissions
To calculate your company's current packaging environmental burden please use the following Initiative Meheweg calculator: