Single Trip or Reusable Packaging? - WRAP Report
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Single Trip or Reusable Packaging - Considering the Right Choice for the Environment
The WRAP Report describes the factors which need to be considered when reviewing the environmental performance of single-trip and reusable packaging systems.
It is the result of a review of the findings of Life Cycle Assessments and similar studies comparing the environmental burden of single-trip and reusable packaging systems.
WRAP's vision is a world without waste, where resources are used sustainably. WRAP work with businesses and individuals to help them reap the benefits of reducing waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way.
WRAP Project Objective
The aim of this report is to help packaging decision makers to consider single-trip and reusable packaging options on an informed basis. This is achieved by identifying the key factors from an environmental life cycle perspective that influence the environmental performance of reusable packaging systems.
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a technique that quantifies the environmental impacts of a product or system, typically from the cradle to the grave i.e. from the winning and conversion of raw materials, through manufacturing of products, distribution, use, and finally management of wastes2. Many LCA studies have been performed that evaluate and compare reusable packaging systems and equivalent single-trip packaging solutions.
A structured and reasoned review of these existing studies was made in order to identify key trends.
Understanding the commonalities and differences between studies and results helps WRAP and other interested parties to better understand the conditions under which reusable packaging may be environmentally preferable to single-trip packaging solutions.
The WRAP Report
Click here to download the Reusable Packaging Factors Report.