The figures on how much food in Germany ends up unused in waste fluctuate between 20 million tonnes per year (Source: Film Taste the Waste) and 300,000 tonnes (source: European Retail Institute). It is undisputed that these losses must be reduced urgently. To address the problem, however, reliable data on the situation is required.
For this purpose, the Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg Initiative commissioned the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics to examine the influence of packaging on the safe transport of fruit and vegetables. The study came to the conclusion that the packaging breakage of cardboard boxes (4.2%) is 35 times higher than that of reusable crates (0.12%).