REUSABLE SYSTEMS FOR
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
Protecting resources through reusability
ESTIMATED TONNES OF CO2 SAVINGS THROUGH RETURNABLE TRANSPORT PACKAGING
Fresh fruit and vegetables have become an indispensable part of European supermarkets and retail stores. Their year-round provision requires a complex logistics system. Plastic crates, cardboard packaging and wooden boxes are mainly used as transport packaging for fruit and vegetables. Plastic crates are used as reusable packaging, cardboard packaging is the most commonly used disposable solution.
Reusable crates for transporting fruit and vegetables are particularly stable: A study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) came to the conclusion that the packaging breakage of cardboard boxes (4.2%) is 35 times higher than that of reusable crates (0.12%). The use of reusable crates protects food from damage during transport. The multiple use of reusable crates also saves raw materials and prevents environmental damage.