There are lots of discussions about packaging and the waste it generates. As part of this discussion you should ask yourself what would happen if you simply omitted the packaging and delivered products unpackaged to the shelf or to the end customer.
If, for example, a tablet is sent unpackaged and this is damaged during shipping and can no longer be used, the environmental impact in this case is significantly higher than if it had been sent in protective shipping packaging and it could still be used.
According to a data collection by Öko-Institut e.V., a tablet has a footprint of 240 kg CO2e / piece (depending on the manufacturer). A suitable shipping package made of corrugated board causes approx. 0.16 kg CO2e. In this case the packaging has a share of 0.07% of the CO2 footprint of the tablet. The CO2 footprint of the unpackaged and damaged tablet corresponds to the total footprint of 1,500 corrugated board packaging for protected transport.
Corrugated cardboard packaging as a whole represents a small proportion of the CO2 footprint of the products that are packaged. However, this small proportion has a great impact! With the protection it provides for the packaged goods, it also reduces the waste that would result from damage to the unpackaged goods.
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