It's simple: when a company ships items in reusable packaging, such as plastic pallets or reusable bins, they are taking advantage of the benefits of reusable transport packaging.
Reusables reduce waste and can cut company costs while conserving energy and natural resources. Replacing single-use containers with reusables supports both the environment and your bottom line.
Reusable transport packaging replaces one-time (and limited-use) pallets and boxes with reusable totes, bins, and pallets. Companies that ship in closed loop systems are ideal candidates for reusables, because the return of empty reusables can be easily arranged. Businesses that ship products in a managed open-loop system can use rental systems to outsource the management of the reusable containers and pallets, ensuring that the containers flow through the system properly and are inspected, cleaned and repaired as needed.
Reusables are typically made of virgin or recycled-content plastic, which is resistant to chemicals and moisture and offers strong insulation, durable wood, or metal. Designed for many years of use, the sturdy containers protect products, especially in rough shipping environments.
Reusable transport packaging is a smart alternative to shipping with materials that can only be used one time. Using reusables can lower company costs, support the bottom line and assist the health of our environment.
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Guide: Reusables 101
Think Outside the Box: Think Reusable
Guide: Reusables 102
A Cost Comparison Model for Reusable Transport Packaging
Reusables 101 and 102 were authored by the StopWaste Partnership and the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA), based on original copy and concepts from the Twin Cities Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board.