Reusable boxes

Cellulose-based materials

Could expensive reusable boxes be a better option than single-use packaging? Within the Reusable boxes project, a system analysis in the form of an LCA has been carried out, which shows that the CO2 footprint of a reusable box with a long shelf life is significantly lower than that of a disposable box, whose material is recycled. The analysis also shows that you can more than double the number of reusable boxes without the reusable box losing out from an environmental perspective to the disposable box.

Even the simple economic calculation made shows that, provided that the reusable box has a long shelf life and is used for several years, it will be a cheaper alternative than continuous purchase of disposable packaging. This means that there should also be room for investments in other necessary equipment in the event of a possible transition to reusable packaging such as an industrial dishwasher, but still have a reasonable payback period.

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