The Newest Sustainability Dream Team: Lightweight Packaging and RPCs

Lightweight primary packaging has become a major focus in the consumer packaged goods industry. By reducing the amount of material used to create disposable packages, companies can limit the environmental impact of single-use-plastics, save on material and transport costs, and help reach corporate sustainability goals all in one swipe.  In other words, lightweight packaging as a whole, benefits everybody, from the CFO burdened with decisions to the sea turtles. 

That said, the lightweight packaging movement faces an interesting juggle – the packages must reduce material weight without becoming too susceptible to damage in the supply chain. If designers can manage this, brands experience cost savings all along the way and reduce their environmental burden in the process.    

What if there was a way to offer protection to the ever-thinning package walls and balance that equation even better? 

Solve the Durability Issue with RPCs, a Better Secondary Package 

A plastic bottle with thinner walls is going to be far more susceptible to damage in the supply stream. The status quo secondary package is no longer enough to prevent the thin walls from being punctured or the products from being crushed. The status quo, corrugated boxes, are built for one use only and cannot even withstand the weight they carry, much less the impacts of spillage, weather or other variables that can occur with transportation and storage.   

Fortunately, a much stronger secondary package option exists, and lightweighted primary packages no longer have to stand on their own to protect the products they carry.  As a durable, reusable, and efficient option, Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) provide the protection lightweighted packages need to safely move through the supply chain.  

Why Choose RPCs 

RPCs are made of food-grade polypropylene with reinforced walls to create better structural integrity.  Their strength allows them to bear the weight of the stack above them without buckling under the pressure. Tucked away in a heavy-duty RPC, lightweighted primary packages can withstand the stresses of the supply chain and brands can trust that their products will get where they need to go intact. 

RPCs are also far more than just a stronger box. They are stackable, foldable, and washable, ensuring the space efficiency warehouses and super market store rooms demand. The space-saving benefits of a foldable crate allow for more efficient, cost-effective operations. They are reusable, making their way through the supply chain over and over again and offering companies another way to reduce environmental impact.   

Tosca’s RPCs safely deliver delicate perishables like meat, seafood, produce, and eggs to grocery stores all over the world, so you can bet that packaged products are safe in Tosca’s heavy-duty RPCs. 

Wrapping it up 

Lightweighted packaging is undoubtedly a good thing, for the world and for the bottom line, and it is important for the supply chain to do what it can to make lightweighting an effective choice. Thankfully, Tosca’s durable RPCs can take the many supply chain burdens off the shoulders of lightweighted packages so they can keep up their good work of getting thinner.  

Consumers, brands, manufacturers, and the earth itself all benefit from the marriage of lightweight packaging to RPCs. Let’s start now. 

To learn more about the benefits of reusable plastic containers, click here.


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