It’s impossible to ignore the impact that industrialization has had on our environment. Some companies are just beginning to consider the “green-ness” of their image, weighing establishing more environmentally-conscious processes against the age-old business wisdom of “maximize profit, minimize expenditure.” Almost without fail, they discover many such “solutions” only work at the cost of the people implementing it – great ideas that are hard to justify the expense required to deploy.

The Challenge:

Single-use packaging (typically cardboard boxes and wood pallets) represents nearly one-third of the total corporate solid waste stream, and transport packaging makes up nearly half of that packaging waste. Produced to be disposable, these containers are often used only once before they are removed from the supply chain and thrown in a landfill.

The Solution:

Durable multi-use assets – especially those backed with a comprehensive RFID-enabled tracking program. A single reusable container can take the place of over 250 disposable boxes, and cycle through the supply chain multiple times per year. Additionally, material that would’ve gone straight to the landfill can now be utilized more efficiently.

The Benefits:

• Built to last: Reusable containers are far more durable than their counterparts
• Designed for repeated use: Durable containers lead to fewer damaged goods or materials during transport, with reusables engineered to the specifications of their contents
• Require less labor: Since reusables don’t need to be broken down, disposed of, or recycled, there is no need to hire extra labor for those duties

While reusables can be initially more expensive than the initial cost of a disposable box, the cost per use of a reusable container is about 92% less than the single use cardboard box after repeated use. In the long run, environmentally-friendly containers pay for themselves, and you not only take the environment into consideration, but improve your bottom line at the same time.

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