When we want to convey how valuable a person is we say he or she is “worth his weight in gold.” To express relief, we say “a weight has lifted off my shoulders.” We use a lot of weight-related metaphors to talk about value, experience and feeling. So you can imagine how proud the Tosca team feels when we talk about the weight of all the corrugated cardboard that didn’t go into landfills or flood recycling centers last year thanks to our RPCs.
By replacing corrugated packaging with environmentally sustainable RPCs, Tosca’s clients diverted over 72,000 tons (144,082,346 pounds) of corrugated out of the supply chain in 2016! That’s exciting news for multiple reasons.
Reducing corrugated waste
First, although corrugated is recyclable and widely recycled, an alarming amount of corrugated waste still goes into landfills every year. And, with several of the protein perishable supply chains, there are situations where corrugated can’t be recycled if it contains purge, leakage or blood. While Tosca’s customers are environmentally conscious, recycling diligence is uneven across industries, companies and individual sites. For every RPC, we can keep approximately 1 – 1.5 pounds of corrugated from entering the supply chain. That means every pound of corrugated diverted from the supply chain is a pound that we’re confident won’t end up in a landfill some day.
Further, reducing the amount of corrugated a customer must handle can significantly reduce associated costs. When a retailer receives product in a corrugated box, it takes time and labor to open and empty the box, place product on shelves, break down the boxes, and dispose of them or prepare them for recycling. Our customers who use RPCs in their produce, case-ready meat, eggs and poultry supply chains reduce time and labor costs. Displaying produce and eggs in RPCs at the retail store level further reduces costs.
Because cost savings is a function of several factors, including the packaging, the product per-pound price, and damage rates, realized savings can vary greatly. Generally, the higher the price-per-pound of the product, the greater the potential savings. RPCs can help significantly curtail shrink that’s a result of product damage, further reducing costs.
In its Sustainability Playbook, Walmart illustrates the impact of converting from corrugated to RPCs. The retail giant reduced damage rates and prevented 37 million eggs from being thrown out. That’s more than 3 million dozen eggs, at an estimated $2 per dozen, for a savings of more than $6.1 million.
In other words …
It can be difficult to wrap your mind around a number as large as 72 tons. So to help put that number into perspective, here is a brief list of other things that weigh about the same amount:
- A large cruise ship
- The Washington Monument (81 tons)
- Two humpback whales
- Eight elephants
- Forty cars
Reducing costs is an objective for virtually every business, and reducing waste is everyone’s business. Any product that can help you do both is probably “worth its weight in gold!”