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Supply Chain, Ecology

Manufacturing of reusable packaging

07 October 2021

Reusable transport packaging is a modern solution that makes it possible to cope with numerous logistical problems and also to reduce pollution. This is especially important for the automotive industry, which generates considerable pollution and is constantly looking for ways to reduce it efficiently. Reusable packaging is one of the best options in use today.

Return logistics processes – reusable packaging

The process by which reusable packaging goes all the way to the end customer and returns to the manufacturer is often referred to as reverse logistics. Potentially, this type of process could run continuously, and thus, in the long run, it would become possible to reduce the number of packages circulating between manufacturers and customers and subcontractors at various stages to the necessary minimum. The reusable packaging companies point out that reusable shipping containers must be received and dispatched in a well thought-out and meticulously planned manner in order to make sense. This is also one of the most important aspects that reverse logistics needs to deal with.

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When it comes to transporting reusable packaging, many people wonder what is the point of returnable packaging. After all, containers wear out over time, which can generate numerous problems such as reduced quality of transport, damage to products or the containers themselves. This is particularly important in the automotive industry, where the items being transported are often very fragile and can easily be damaged. However, you should know that reusable transport packaging should meet certain conditions which allow it to be used for a longer period of time. Reusable packaging made of EPP is a perfect example here.

What is reusable packaging made of EPP?

EPP reusable packaging is a shipping container made from expanded polypropylene. This innovative material is the perfect solution for many industries, including the automotive sector, where delicate components often need to be transported. EPP returnable packaging has a number of advantages. They are especially notable for their extremely low weight, which is a result of the foam structure of polypropylene. It is an excellent alternative to traditional reusable plastic shipping boxes. 95% of the volume of reusable EPP containers is made up of air, which makes them up to 65% lighter. Traditional returnable packaging containers also have numerous advantages, but EPP containers prove to be superior where large numbers of items need to be transported multiple times as part of return logistics processes. EPP packaging is not only lighter, but also more durable than a traditional reusable plastic container. 

Reusable packaging materials are not only lightweight and durable, but also the manufacturing process is much faster thanks to modern technologies. Reusable transport packaging is already available on a large scale. The option is available for almost any company – reusable packaging can be leveraged in many different situations, both in transport and storage. 

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Reusable transport containers – advantages

There are a number of advantages of reusable containers. Their great versatility makes them suitable for transporting a great variety of goods. Such versatility results, among other things, from the containers' resistance to atmospheric conditions, as they are waterproof, airtight and isothermal. Moreover, they are scratch- and drop-resistant, thanks to the durable EPP foam material, which also makes them incredibly lightweight and easy to transport. Reusable packaging made of EPP is also an excellent choice as it is easy to clean and can therefore be used for many years even under very difficult conditions.

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Protect the environment with reusable shipping containers

Reusable packaging is also highly environmentally friendly. Through their use by companies involved in the automotive industry, the carbon footprint may be reduced considerably. Moreover, such packaging is not only reusable, but also recyclable after the time when it no longer serves its purpose. Materials that were previously leveraged as reusable packaging may be easily re-used. Companies working with reusable packaging are considered to be much greener than those using mainly traditional solutions. 
A reusable container is also considered environmentally friendly due to its durability and lack of potential negative impact on the environment, e.g. by releasing certain substances. The important thing to remember is that products that are reusable throughout their whole existence do not have a negative impact on the environment.

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Returnable reusable packaging developed by Knauf Industries

Returnable reusable packaging made of EPP is also offered by Knauf Industries – the company knows their customers and their exact needs in the automotive sector. By keeping an eye on industry trends and the increasingly popular idea of returnable logistics, Knauf Industries ensures that any reusable packaging within their portfolio may be usable for up to 10 years. This solution is not only environmentally friendly but also incredibly convenient and easy to work with. This type of reusable packaging is also waterproof and resistant to other external factors. It is an excellent choice for any company that is looking for a modern, eco-friendly solution such as reusable packaging.

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