Alternative packaging solutions and waste minimisation
We are continually working on how to minimise waste by optimising our packaging. Our goal is to deliver the necessary performance without adding unnecessary environmental impact. Ideally, we strive to replace conventional packaging with sustainable and fully recyclable solutions. Where this is not feasible, we explore ways to reduce the environmental impact of the material.
Introducing paper tape as a way to reduce packaging waste
In many warehouses, we have now switched to a recyclable paper tape to seal packaging instead of plastic tape. This new paper tape not only reduces packaging waste but also has a carbon footprint that is three times lower than the previous plastic tape and is over twice as strong.
Minimizing stretch foil for wrapping
In our pursuit of waste reduction in supply chain management, we are currently seeking a more sustainable alternative to LDPE stretch foil, which is used to protect goods in storage and transit. In the meantime, we have managed to reduce the amount of foil used by decreasing its thickness from 17µm to 11µm. We have also developed a way to configure the wrapping machine to use less foil, resulting in a material saving of up to 75%.
Furthermore, when orders arrive that need to be split into parts, we have replaced the use of LDPE foil with gitterboxes to store goods that are not part of the order.
Labels and waste reduction
To avoid waste, we have implemented a new system in many warehouses where we print the barcodes directly on the boxes, eliminating the need for separate labels.
Repurposing cardboard waste
To further reduce packaging waste, we have replaced the plastic used as fill-in materials in order boxes with shredded cardboard waste. This not only allows us to save on plastic but also repurposes the cardboard that would otherwise be sent for recycling.
At DSV, we continuously strive to improve the level of sustainability within our warehouse and distribution solutions across the supply chain.
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