Examples of prevention
  • Colruyt
    Liquid detergents: committing to highly concentrated formulations

    Colruyt is committed to changing its liquid detergent assortment and eventually offering highly concentrated detergents exclusively. This will enable the retailer to cut packaging and transportation costs. Colruyt is negotiating with their suppliers and launching a campaign to inform customers of the benefits of using these products.

  • Soudal
    New hose reduces product waste

    Soudal hit the jackpot when they developed a new spray and hose for its polyurethane (PU) foams. But not just commercially; they also profited from an environment-friendly point of view. The adjusted design of the hose — the Soudal Mega Adapter — limits product waste during utilization. Together with the new formula, it enables Soudal to save a third on packaging and transport.

  • Rexona
    Innovative design cuts waste and packaging while keeping the same product volume

    More sales, fewer complaints. The design of the Rexona upside-down deo roll-on has gained Unilever yet another consumer success. The product is also top notch when it comes to the environment. The new design minimizes product loss during use, reduces production time, and saves tons of packaging plastic.

  • Carrefour Belgium
    Products that better meet the needs of consumers

    Distributor Carrefour offers an increasing number of food products in different-sized portions. Cooked ham and lasagne are just two examples. Such portioning responds to consumer demand for variety in diet and quantity. A positive side-effect is reducing food waste.

  • Tetra Pak
    New packaging is easier for users with reduced dexterity

    Tetra Pak has developed new packaging for fluid milk products. The one litre unit, dubbed Tetra Brik Edge 1000, is designed for consumers of all ages—from young to old. The Tetra Brik Edge is particularly welcomed by groups with reduced dexterity, but is also very much appreciated by other consumers. In addition, its production requires less plastic than other one-litre beverage carton.

  • Panasonic
    User-friendliness is not necessarily expensive or damaging to the environment

    In 2005, Panasonic noted that the packaging of its batteries for hearing aids was not convenient for the elderly, its main target group. The company called upon the services of Pars pro toto design bureau. After a thorough analysis of the needs of users, the company developed a new packaging concept. The new packaging is smaller and costs less than its predecessor. This proves that greater convenience is not necessarily more expensive or damaging to the environment.

  • McBride
    Child safety does not imply any significant extra costs

    As a producer of a wide range of liquid products for household use, McBride Ieper Household must comply with regulatory requirements affecting child safety. The company develops certified child-safe packages for all of its corrosive products, thereby adopting a sustainable position in terms of safety. Thanks to its systematic approach, this is accomplished efficiently and without any significant additional costs.

  • EXKi
    Carefully thought-out packaging avoids the need for cutlery

    The quality fast food chain EXKi has recently introduced new cardboard triangles for its pies and quiches. These triangles enable the consumption of sweet or salted pies without cutlery. The company expects to save up to 240,000 pieces of cutlery per month.

  • Carrefour Belgium
    Correctly adapting the closing system to the product for optimal conservation

    Carrefour Belgium offers a growing number of food products in reclosable packaging. The goal is to make life easier for consumers and to help them avoid wasting food. The company always chooses the opening/closing system that best suits the product and the packaging.

  • Ikea
    Paper pallets - specific circumstances sometimes lead to alternative solutions

    Companies often need to find solutions to certain specific circumstances. The result is that they develop alternatives for classic wood pallets that are better suited to the particularities of their products or their logistic system. Such alternatives may be required for long transport distances or difficult product sizes, among other things. IKEA specifically developed the paper pallet because it better suits its logistical needs and helps it to meet its sustainability targets. In addition, this project has enabled the company to offer its customers even more attractive prices. IKEA also relies upon loading ledges to use the available space inside trucks more efficiently. A life cycle analysis reveals that both innovations reduce CO2 emissions as well as transportation costs.