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Conservation of natural resources – reusable pool systems for fruit and vegetables
It is impossible to imagine European supermarkets and food stores without fresh fruit and vegetables. Their year-round provision requires a complex logistical system. Plastic crates, cardboard boxes and wooden crates are the most widely used types of packaging for the transport of fruit and vegetables.
Plastic crates are typically used as reusable packaging, while cardboard packaging is the most frequent single-use (i.e. disposable) solution.
Reusable crates for transporting fruit and vegetables are particularly robust: a study carried out by the Fraunhofer IML reached the conclusion that breakage rates for cardboard boxes (4.2%) are 35 times higher than for reusable crates (0.12%). By using reusable crates, foodstuffs are protected against damage during transport.
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By reusing plastic crates time and time again, raw materials are also saved, thus reducing environmental damage. This is clearly demonstrated by the Fraunhofer GaBi study “The Sustainability of Packaging Systems for Fruit and Vegetable Transport in Europe Based on Life-Cycle-Analysis”.
→ Eco-Assessment Study Using the Foundation’s environmental impact calculator, you can calculate your (potential) contribution to the protection of the environment and the conservation of resources through the use of reusable fruit and vegetable crates
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