Returnable packaging has been one of the key trends within the packaging industry in recent times and continues to grow. As the name suggests, it is designed for repeated use, which cuts out the damaging single-use option. Returnable packaging was designed in order to promote durability, whilst it is also easy to use, clean, and repair. The product, such as the one by PPS, is also designed to be inexpensive for return when empty.
— PPS – Returnable Equipment Solutions (@PPSMidlands) June 15, 2017
Returnable packaging can be used for virtually all products such as beverages, containers, and transport and industrial packaging. By using these sustainable methods of packaging, businesses are also reducing their carbon footprint greatly. This alone could bring in extra customers and also make sure customers are returning, as they can see, you are making a difference.
One of the key benefits of using returnable packaging is increased efficiency in transport. This is due to the fact that they are made from much more durable materials than the traditional options. This is something the industry is constantly looking to improve on, to ensure the best materials are consistently being used. By using this better material, it can reduce costs greatly for businesses with multiple transportation requirements.
Another benefit is the limited storage space requirement. By using reusable packaging, it means businesses will not have to allocate additional space in order to house packaging materials. This will then save a lot of space and money over time. The key benefit of returnable packaging is the fact that it reduces a business’s carbon footprint. This is through less packaging materials having to manufactured, which is reducing the amount of energy that is required. This means a big reduction in the number of greenhouse gases being emitted throughout the process.
The use of returnable packaging also means a lower waste management cost. This saves companies the costs of waste management over their entire global supply chain, which will then, over time, mean a reduction in cost for supplies. Waste management can be a costly process, so this is one of the major benefits and reasons why more are moving to use returnable packaging.
By using returnable packaging, it can also mean that fewer staff are required and thus saving the extra business money. The whole process of returnable packaging saves costs and is better for the environment, so it is a no brainer for businesses to use them.
So, what is the traditional method, and why is this bad?
The traditional method of the past is ‘single-use plastics’. This covers the likes of plastic forks and knives, plastic shopping bags, plastic coffee cups, and plastic water bottles. There are many others, but these are some of the most common.
Most of the world’s plastic ends up in landfills, in the ocean, or simply the environment. Plastics are not biodegradable, and they just break down into smaller pieces called microplastics. This contaminates the earth and oceans. This has been many examples of the effects of plastics on animals in our oceans, which has been one of the key reasons behind the drive for things to change. The amount of plastics in our oceans continues to grow, and if this continues, it is estimated that by 2050, they will outweigh fish. This is a staggering and scary thought and why drastic action needs to be made now.