In an ideal world, all product packaging would be reusable, nothing would ever go to waste and optimum supply chain sustainability would be a reality for everyone. At Tosca, we don’t believe that’s an unreasonable dream. We work toward that goal by continuing to innovate and improve our reusable plastic containers in hopes to achieve that ideal, sustainable world.
Stories of Progress in Sustainable Packaging Innovation
Around the globe, individuals, governments, and organizations are making strides toward replacing single-use packaging with reusable packaging in an effort to create a more sustainable world. Here are some inspiring stories of progress:
- In April, Target announced five new sustainable packaging goals. The retail giant, which operates 1,816 stores and 39 distribution centers in the U.S. will make strides with a number of their sustainable packaging innovations. They aim to eliminate expanded polystyrene and replace it with eco-friendly and sustainable options, source paper-based packaging made from sustainably managed forests, add the How2Recycle label to more of the company’s owned brand packaging. They also plan to support The Recycling Partnership, which can help bring curbside recycling to more underserved communities and help support demand for recycled packaging.
- American consumers are also embracing the idea of reusable packaging and supply chain sustainability. More than half say they consider packaging waste to be an environmental issue and nearly a third say they are more likely to buy brands that offer products in sustainable packaging, according to new research from the Asia Pulp & Paper Group. What’s more, consumers are willing to pay more for products using sustainable packaging innovations; 52 percent say they would pay more than 10 percent, and 28 percent would be willing to pay up to 30 percent more, the research found.
- Chocolate maker Hershey’s redesign of its display-ready cases is not only streamlining the supply chain for retailers, it has reduced the amount of corrugated boxes the company uses by 3.12 million pounds, Confectionery News reports. Hershey says that reduction equates to saving 24,000 trees, taking 148 trucks off the road annually and reducing CO2 emissions by 1,340 metric tons. Plus, all the corrugated cardboard Hershey uses is made from 100 percent recyclable materials.
- Major beverage makers are working to develop beverage bottles made from 100 percent bio-based materials. Environmental Leader reports Danone and Nestle, the world’s two largest bottled water companies, are working to develop and launch at commercial scale a PET plastic bottle made from biological materials. Coca-Cola is also developing a commercially viable bio-plastic bottle. Currently, America recycles less than a third of the plastic bottles produced each year. Plastic debris is the most common type of waste in the oceans.
- STIHL Inc., which manufactures power tools for landscape maintenance and forestry, replaced the corrugated cartons used to move components from one production line to another and between manufacturing facilities with reusable plastic containers. The move eliminated 760 tons of corrugated annually from the company’s waste stream and earned STIHL the 2017 Excellence in Reusable Packaging award from the Reusable Packaging Association.
When one company innovates a new way to enhance supply chain sustainability through reusable packaging, the whole world — and our environment — wins. Whether it’s replacing single-use packaging with reusable plastic containers or creating packaging that’s made from recycled or recyclable materials, many organizations are making strides toward creating a more sustainable future for everyone.
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