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Post-industrial recycling of reusable plastic crates

Plastic is a synthetic material, made from organic polymers, that has become essential in current supply chains due to its beneficial properties – light weight, durable and easily shaped – and low cost. Since the 1960s, plastic production has increased by 20 times, with a global manufacture of 360 million tonnes in 2018, 40% of which were used for packaging…

Reusable plastic crates generate 88% less CO2 emissions and consume 57% less energy than single-use cardboard boxes in the distribution of fruit and vegetables in Spain

The environmental impact study based on the Life Cycle Analysis carried out by the UNESCO Chair of ESCI-UPF and published in the scientific journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling revealed the advantages of this system. • The life cycle analysis of the boxes will allow further improvement of their environmental performance.

Reusable plastic boxes generate less environmental impact than disposable cardboard boxes in the distribution of fruit and vegetables in Spain

Reusable plastic boxes generate 25% less environmental impact than disposable cardboard boxes in the distribution of fruit and vegetables in Spain. This is the case in five of the six categories of environmental impact analysed by the comparative study of the different options for distribution of fruit and vegetables in Spain by Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) carried out by the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change (ESCI-UPF), directed by Professor Dr Pere Fullana.