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Returnable Packaging RTP - Benefits

What is Returnable Packaging (RTP)

Benefits of Returnable Packaging Explained

How can a business benefit from using returnable packaging equipment instead of single trip packaging?


Returnable Packaging
comes in the form of plastic pallets, plastic crates, boxes, containers and trays.

This type of packaging is reused over and over mainly in closed loop logistic chains. For example crates would be delivered to the supplier/producer, packed with goods and then delivered to an end user/customer. On most occasions they are then collected for washing and returned back into the loop. This system is steadily replacing single trip packaging such as cardboard boxes in the meat and fresh produce sectors and polystyrene in the seafood industry.

There are many different terms used to describe Returnable Packaging such as:

  • Returnable Plastic Packaging
  • Returnable Transit Packaging
  • RTP
  • Reusable Packaging
  • Reusable Distribution Packaging
  • Reusable Plastic Containers (RPC)
  • Closed Loop Distribution
  • Sustainable Packaging
  • Transport Packaging
  • Polypropylene Packaging
  • Bulk Containers

Returnable Packaging usually includes significant cost savings over traditional single trip packaging.

“We have for some time wanted to look at alternative ways keep our top quality fresh fish fillets protected throughout their delivery to us, and with PPS’s returnable packaging system, we find ourselves gaining not only better results but also a cost saving”.

   Keith Brown, Managing Director at Sealord (fish supplier of Waitrose)

Since product cycles usually average from three to five year a benefit of returnable packaging is better protection of the products during shipment. These systems are stronger, more stable, water and chemical resistant, and can offer more reliable design options.

The other major factor that companies consider is the environmental benefits. The Packaging Waste Directive in the UK focuses on avoiding packaging waste which means returnable options are steeply on the increase. Instead of landfilling, which is unfriendly to the environment and expensive, returnable packaging has a long life and ultimately the materials can usually be recycled.

Returnable packaging usually include significant cost savings over traditional single trip packaging. Since product cycles usually average from three to five years, many manufacturers have found that their packaging budgets have become profit centres. Because of this difference, returnable packaging usually is treated as a capital investment instead of an expense. And as a company's products change, the returnable packaging often can be redesigned to work with the new products at a significant cost saving.

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What is Returnable Packaging (RTP)