It’s no secret that companies like Mpact have been leading the charge in terms of improved sustainability of not only their products, but in their production line as well. Reusable packaging plays a major factor in this, and for many companies like them there has been a lot of deliberation about how and where it can be incorporated into the business. In 2020, this is no longer a “nice to have” for a tax break or part of a marketing campaign — the way the world is operating cannot be sustained for a long period of time and will eventually bring major consequences to generations that lay ahead. Reusable packaging offers the option to think about how we can go about offsetting this and buying more time. Below are ten benefits of choosing reusable packing in business, which might help convince you of this even more.
1. Storage Space & Opportunities
If your supply chain operations include reusable packaging, you can easily save on storage space in the long run, as you won’t need to produce as many items. Additionally, this frees up production space for other products to diversify your business and its offerings relative to market needs.
2. Recycling Capabilities
Most reusable packaging can be recycled at the end of their product life. This in turn reduces the carbon footprint of the business (great for the marketing department) and also provides a return on investment that affects all of humanity positively.
3. Reusable Packaging and Collaboration
Incorporating reusable packaging into your supply chain will likely mean that you will be shipping out smaller loads at a time, which gives you the opportunity to explore collaboration with other sustainability friendly businesses for delivery (small businesses need all the help they can get!), rather than depending on the big guns only.
4. Less Waste Removal
One way packaging comes with an incredible amount of labour, fuel, energy use and more. If you consider that reusable packaging eliminates a lot of this, waste removal is far less, and the costs attached to this earlier can be repurposed to more useful parts of the bottom line.
5. Mitigating Workplace Injuries
One way packaging, especially when loose or broken, has the ability to cause injuries. As you’ll know already from being a business owner, workplace injuries can be costly and often involve legal proceedings. Avoid this by standardising reusable packaging so everyone is on the same page.
6. Positive Effects on Marketing
Consumers are growing more and more aware of the pollution issued attached to packaging all over the world. By going with a reusable option, this in turn creates the opportunity for a marketing campaign that, if positioned well on social media, can get you more publicity than you imagined.
7. Expect Less Customer Complaints
Reusable packaging is used for products that are built to last, with the intention for it to be used again and in various other ways. This means that you’ll likely have a product that is better appreciated by consumers, leading to less customer complaints as a whole.
8. Cost Saving in the Long Term
We’re aware that reusable packaging will cost more than its counterpart at first. Making the switch is not easy, but here’s the key: it should be looked at as a long term investment. If you add up the amount of “one off” packaging you would produce (and the costs attached) over a longer period and compare it with its reusable counterpart, the costs level out over time.
9. Landfill Impact
We can’t talk about reusable packaging without mentioning the tremendous impact it has on the already confined landfills across the country. If something has to be reused 6 times before it’s thrown out, like reusable packaging would be, there are 5 less trips to the landfill than there would have been with a “once off” product. The number is exponential if adopted on a wider scale.
10. Environmental Benefits
Last but not least, opting for reusable packaging has environmental levels at both the business and consumer level. With less energy going into recycling products, and more people thinking conscientiously about the way they interact with products and waste, energy use is reduced, and humanity benefits across the board.