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Here is how the Reusable Packaging Benefit the Circular Economy

By Sayan Basak posted 01-01-2020 00:28


As days are evolving, the consumer-packaged-goods (CPG) supply chains are also changing. From higher specialty packing till enhancement in the logistics support and the time requested to deliver a product, we have seen an adaptation on how goods are transported and delivered. Considering all these positive aspects of the e-commerce industry, we have an increased amount of packaging waste for which the current companies are stressing on words such as re-usability and sustainability.

Considering the central point, we do understand that reusable packaging supports a circular economy. At any point in the manufacturing process, packaging can be, used, reused, and reprocessed without directly or indirectly affecting the solid waste outflux. This turns out to be one of the prime advantages considering the fact that the limited and the single-use packaging contributes to the waste crisis. Keeping the transportation at the core, various reusable packagings such as the totes, containers, racks, and pallets can be manipulated into a sustainable material handling solution.

Indeed, the reusable packaging companies ( especially the startups) are changing the perspective on how the CPG goods should be delivered. The CPG companies are now completely focusing on re-usability by embracing the packing technique in their warehouses, distribution centers, retail stores, and transportation in order to maximize the circular economy and thus leaping towards sustainability.

Waste reduction is not only an advantage when we look at the reusable packaging. The following points do illustrate the other supplementary ideas which increase supply chain sustainability.

  1. Reduces the Pachaking Waste- Having a long service life, Reusable packing can be used over and over again throughout the entire supply chain, thus diminishing the waste accumulation. On an additional note, multiple layers of papers and plastic waste can be eliminated by reusable packing aiming to reduce waste generation.
  2. The full load shipment increases - Various unpredictable conditions may arise due to inconsistent and poor packing while recycling packaging utilizes standard and consistent packing, which utilizes the shipment efficient by providing a  fully cubed-out truckload. Reusable packaging manufacturers are even introducing lightweight options to accommodate for more product weight. In addition to improved pack ratios, these are instrumental features.
  3. Minimizes product loss and damage – An efficient packaging is a durable packaging and helps customers from receiving a damaged product. Furthermore, with an enhanced pacing ratio accompanied by stable stackability, these packaging materials retain the product integrity throughout the supply chain and logistics.
  4. Packaging recycling is enhanced- The advantage of these pacing materials lies in the fact that these can be reused, recycled and reprocesses into a different packaging material- thus preventing the initial waste from being dumped into the landfill. The reusable packing can be managed accordingly and therefore shall help to maximize the utilization and minimizing the absolute waste generation.

By investing in innovative supply chain solutions that embrace circular economy principles, companies can ensure competitive advantage, future growth, and customer confidence.