How this Lincolnshire Company Strives to be Environmentally-Friendly

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For more than a decade, Lincolnshire-based Plastic Packaging Solutions (PPS) has provided returnable plastic and container solutions all over the country. Their aim has been to reduce the levels of ‘one trip’ packaging used within the logistics industry through hygienic equipment washing.

PPS Midlands was originally set up in 2002 as a plastic pooling business. However, as their product range increased over time, they now offer bale-arm trays, pall boxes, removable crates, roll cages and tote boxes, which resulted in their decision to expand into rental and hygienic washing of their equipment.

The reusable crates that PPS provide are used for transporting fresh produce in attempt to replace environmentally harmful containers such as cardboard boxes and expanded polystyrene. After use, these crates are recollected and hygienically restored to meet standards.  Thus, reducing a carbon footprint whilst also being cost-effective to businesses. PPS’ packaging is also being used for office moves, removals and even within the automotive industry.

The demand for environmental awareness has never been higher that it is today.  This is something PPS recognised and moved towards more sustainable alternatives through returnable transit packaging (RTP).

However, there are still a large number of food and retail manufacturers that still rely on ‘one trip’ packaging for their product distribution. This means the packaging is disposed of after only one journey, and at a cost. This result creates unnecessary waste and increases carbon emissions from production and transportation.  For businesses who are regularly involved in closed loop transportation from a manufacturing facility or supplier, to warehouses or processors, using RTP would reduce their depletion of resources.

The use of RTP has seen PPS reduce carbon emissions. Previously they conducted an experiment whereby they selected two single use packaging products – a cardboard box and expanded polystyrene, against returnable products – a plastic crate and fish box. This experiment was to highlight the benefits of using plastic crates over cardboard/polystyrene. Their report signified the carbo emissions that occur throughout the product lifecycle, both from the manufacturing process and once it has been recycled. Findings showed that 20kg crates saved 52% and 89% against polystyrene in carbo emissions in comparison to cardboard.

What’s more, RTP is also cost effective. PPS has several case studies collected over the years that have helped their customers change from single use cardboard boxes to returnable plastic crates.  The discoveries show that they provide a cost saving of approximately 30%.

PPS are able to show that plastic crates are cost effective, durable and are eco-friendly, unlike single use packaging.

It is time all businesses thought about moving towards greener futures. You can start by mapping your company’s overall environmental impact to show which areas require improvement. One key for manufacturers is to research their materials before switching to a material that is proven to be both sustainable and also maintain your product’s quality standards. Finding a way to minimise your transportation miles is another way you can reduce your carbon emissions.

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