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Carbon Footprint of Reusable Packaging

14 June 2017

When RePack was just an idea in the mind of Juha Mäkelä one of the first things we did was to look if return and reuse was more environmentally friendly than current throwaway model.

This was back in 2011 or 2012 (time flies!) and initial results were very encouraging.

Our discovery was that simple reuse indeed reduces CO2 emissions compared to single use packaging.

Well, we would not still be working on RePack five years later if those results had not been in our favour!

Now we have updated our Carbon Footprint study and results are in. And it's good stuff.

80% Less CO2

Reusable RePack packaging reduces CO2 emissions by up to 80% when compared to disposable bags or boxes! That's a lot, right?

Why is that? Mainly because RePack's are returned to reuse efficiently via post, as a letter.

This in comparison to a waste treatment and manufacturing of 20 new disposable packages results in significant CO2 savings.

In fact if RePack is returned only once it has a smaller carbon footprint than two disposable boxes or bags.

In the future our aim is to further reduce RePack's environmental impact by moving to bio based materials and local returns handling.

If you want to read more about the study, scope and emission factors used you can download it here.

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