It makes sense to reuse.

    Estimated tonnes of CO2 savings through returnable transport packaging.

      Estimated tonnes of CO2 savings through returnable transport packaging.

        Tonnen geschätzte CO2 Einsparung durch Mehrwegtransportverpackungen

        Glossary on Reuse

        Terms and definitions of reusable packaging systems

        The terms "reuse" and "recycling" are commonly used, but what exactly do they mean? In our glossary, we explain these and many other terms relating to the topic of "reusable packaging systems", thereby deepening your understanding of sustainable packaging solutions. From the circular economy to innovative reusable concepts, we offer an insight into the future of the packaging industry.

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        Reusable Transport Packaging (RTP) for fruit and vegetables has great advantages over disposable cardboard packaging. According to a study by the Fraunhofer Institute, thousands of tonnes of produce are disposed of every year due to transport damage. Reusable packaging, on the other hand, is more stable and has a significantly lower damage rate. 

        You can download more information about the study HERE.

        • film on the fefco replica

        We took a closer look at the representations of the FEFCO and compared them with the results of Fraunhofer studies.

        Conclusion: reusable trays made of plastic clearly offer both economic and ecological advantages compared to disposable cardboard boxes. When considering the scientific study situation holistically, assertions from the FEFCO presentation can either be classified as implausible or in some cases even refuted. 

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        Our Mission

        1. Promotion of reusable systems

        2. Saving resources

        3. Waste avoidance

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        Studies of the foundation

        The Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg collaborates with renowned independent testing institutes. These are commissioned to conduct studies with relevance to reusable systems. Among others, such institutes include the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics and the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, department of holistic balancing.


        Thus, we regularly provide decision-makers from politics and business with up-to-date figures. The studies are available for download.

        To the studies


        The "Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg" (SIM) has been founded in 1996 as a foundation under civil law with legal capacity and its headquarters in Berlin.

        It is dedicated to providing sustainable support for the conservation of resources and environmental protection. It is committed to creating the preconditions for sustainably stabilising and increasing reusable shares in all economic sectors.


        In cooperation with environmental and trade associations as well as reusable-oriented companies, individual topics are (scientifically) elaborated on each year and demands for the promotion of reusable packaging are introduced into the environmental policy dialogue.