Since 2003, Colruyt’s Collect & Go customers have received their goods packed in foldable plastic boxes. This method has enabled the retailer to eliminate 630 tonnes of cardboard annually. It is a smart and simple way to prevent packaging waste and improve ease of use at the same time.
The new packaging of the Spa Reine 6-pack of 1,5 litre bottles notes that the bottles contain 25% recycled PET. Spadel thus establishes itself as a pioneer in the use of recycled PET. This environmentally friendly choice is in line with the company’s mission. The use of recycled PET enables to reduce CO2 emissions by about 11% throughout the chain, including production of the material, distribution of the bottles, and end-of-life processing.
Re-usable plastic baskets for the distribution of clothing: easier, safer, and cheaper
Galeria Inno has been using standard re-usable foldable plastic baskets to transport its textile goods to the fifteen stores in Belgium since 2003. Since then the chain of department stores avoids up to 1,200 tons of cardboard waste per year. This solution also makes the distribution safer and cheaper.
A Bag-in-Box for milk: handy, economical and environmentally friendly
Wine producers discovered long ago the advantages of Bag-in-Box (BIB) packaging with a tap. The Belgian dairy group Inex uses specific BIB packaging for fruit juices and milk for commercial as well as home consumers. Such packaging simplifies the dosage and keeps the liquid fresh for a longer period after opening.
Department store group Delhaize has been using state-of-the-art Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) for some of its fresh food products since the nineties. At first, it used MAP for fish and sandwich filling, afterwards, for fresh meat as well. The system is particularly useful in stores without their own butcher counters. These stores are growing in numbers as they reflect the trend towards smaller neighbourhood shops.
A viscous jelly detergent: a sustainable innovation with less packaging
Procter & Gamble (P&G) has launched a new type of detergent, a thick viscous gel. The product requires 34% less packaging than most liquid detergents. Production also consumes significantly less water and energy. Additionally, it performs well even at 15°C, so the customer saves energy as well.
For the last twenty years, the Henkel Group has been increasing the concentration of its detergent products, including those under the Persil and Dixan brands. Today, its packets contain up to 100 washing doses. The Group transports four times more washing doses per truck load and has halved its packaging waste for an identical number of washing cycles.