Measuring the Environmental Impacts of Reusable Packaging with Life-Cycle Analysis

Sponsored by Orbis Corporation

132 Webinar Conference Recording
132 Presentation Adobe PDF
  • Seminar Number 132
  • Date Monday, April 4, 2016
  • Time 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Location Theater H
  • Type Seminar

Presented By

Christopher Shepard - Sustainability Leader
ORBIS Corporation
262-560-5000 (w)


What You Will Learn

As companies drive sustainability and efficiency, they scrutinize their entire supply chain, including packaging, for opportunities to reduce their impact on the environment and cut waste throughout their operations. Many leading companies today have sustainability scorecards that measure their environmental impacts and a standardized method to analyze packaging helps companies measure and document performance against these metrics. Reusable packaging provides an effective method to handle, store and move product in the supply chain and can also reduce a company’s environmental impact, in terms of solid waste, energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a study of how packaging impacts the environment, from creation to end-of-life. LCA takes a cradle-to-grave life approach, from raw material extraction to make the product, to its disposal or recycling plan at the end of its useful life. It is critical to use life-cycle data to accurately compare and evaluate reusable packaging to single-use packaging within the supply chain.

Key Takeaways

• Learn how to analyze your system to accurately compare and evaluate reusable and single-use packaging options
• Learn about the factors that are required for an accurate life-cycle analysis, including shipping distance, packaging type, number of turns, etc.
• Gain best practices in reporting and measuring the environmental impact of reusable packaging


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