Additional information on reusable transport packaging can be found on the following websites:
Reusable Packaging Association : reusables.org
Reusable Plastic Container and Pallet Association: www.mhia.org/rpcpa/
Reusable Industrial Packaging Association: www.reusablepackaging.org/
California Product Stewardship Council (CSPC) The CPSC is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit comprised of local governments, business partners and environmental associations representing solid waste, wastewater, water quality and public health issues. CPSC advocates for Extended Producer Responsibility to reduce the cradle-to-cradle impact of products and packaging. www.calpsc.org
News & Information
Reusable Packaging Revolution: packagingrevolution.net/
Inbound Logistics Magazine www.inboundlogistics.com
Material Handling Management Magazine www.mhmonline.com
Reusables 101 Article: Definition, Use & Pooling
Reusable Transport Packaging in the Retail Industry: This article, published in July 2012 in the U.S. EPA Retail Portal Newsletter, gives an overview of best practices among retailers boosting supply chain efficiencies with reusable transport packaging. View article (pdf, 392K).
Reusable Transport Packaging in the Health Care Sector: This article was published in October 2012 in Practice Greenhealth Magazine. View article (pdf, 668K).
Reusable Transport Packaging in Agriculture: This article was published in November 2012 in the Central Valley Business Journal. View article
Reusable Transport Packaging in Manufacturing: This article was published in March 2013 in Sustainable Plant. View article
Research & Education
CalRecycle - Transport Packaging Resources: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/ReduceWaste/Packaging/Manufacture/
Life Cycle Inventory of Reusable Plastic Containers An independent "cradle to grave" analysis conducted by Franklin Associates and focusing on the energy, solid wastes, and atmospheric and waterborne emissions associated with reusable plastic containers (RPCs) and one-way containers used for shipping fresh produce. Download study.
Delivering the Goods: Benefits of Reusable Shipping Containers This fact sheet from Inform, Inc.summarizes some of the key strategies, benefits, features, and obstacles to using Reusables. Download study.
Transport Packaging: Cost-Effective Strategies for Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling in the Grocery Industry A tool developed by the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance to help businesses make informed decisions about reducing, reusing, and recycling transport packaging. The information gathered in this report came from working with the grocery industry, but applies to any large user of transport packaging. The manual features best management practices for OCC, plastic film and pallets, based on lessons learned at the store level, and three profiles highlighting existing waste management practices and costs, recommendations for improvement, and cost-benefit analysis. Download study (pdf, 387K)
Equipment and Service Providers
APR-Allen Plastics Repair (Refurbished reusable shipping containers & repair services)
Amici Enterprises, Inc. (Reusable Pallet Wrapper to replace stretch wrap)
Amigo Environmental - Reconditioned/Reuse of Bulk Bags and Supersacks
Container Exchanger: Online marketplace for new and used reusable containers.
Green Line Armor
Numafa Cleaning & Logistics
Pallet Wrapz (Reusable and recyclable pallet wrapper to replace stretch wrap)
PallTek Plastic Pallet Repair
Paylode Reusable Dunnage
Rehrig Pacific Company
Office Move Equipment and Service Providers
COR-O-VAN (California moves)
Nor-Cal Moving Services (San Francisco Bay Area moves)
Rent a Green Box (Los Angeles area moves)