RPC full of oranges

Reusables save carbon, waste and food waste in New Zealand’s fresh supply chain

Brambles’ strategy to promote the superior environmental performance of reusable platforms saw CHEP New Zealand (NZ) completing its first LCA study in 2020. It compared CHEP’s reusable plastic crates (RPCs) to single-use cardboard alternatives. Importantly, given the use of the RPCs in the fresh food sector, the study also considered the prevented food waste due to advantages in both the protection of produce and faster cooling times throughout the supply chain.

One CHEP NZ RPC, compared to a single-use cardboard alternative will save approximately: 

  • 65% carbon
  • 90% solid waste
  • 130 kilograms of singleuse cardboard over its lifetime

Each year, the entire CHEP NZ RPC pool saves approximately 8,000 tonnes of CO2 from avoided food waste.

 

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