5 ways CHEP Bag-in-box IBCs can help boost sustainability with minimal investment

5 ways CHEP Bag-in-box IBCs can help boost sustainability with minimal investment

March 28, 2022

How not picking the sustainable solution costs you more in the end

These days, sustainability is on everyone’s mind and a growing number of companies are taking steps in that direction. The problem is:

  • It often comes at a high price
  • It can easily be perceived as “greenwashing”


To make products more sustainable, you need to make REAL changes that affect your entire supply chain. That sounds costly, but it doesn’t always have to be that way.

 

1. Decrease CO² emissions by using transport space more efficiently

We all know, using less transport, reduces a company’s CO² emissions. So why use valuable transport capacity for empty intermediate bulk containers?

Because CHEP’s Bag-in-box system is foldable, more empty containers can be stacked in a truck when compared with rigid IBCs, drums or stainless-steel tanks. A full truck contains 182 empty Pallecons, in comparison, a truck filled with rigid IBC’s can only contain 52 empty containers. If you’re dealing with stainless-steel tanks, the number goes down to 26 containers.

By combining collections at different customer locations we’re able to use the full capacity of the trucks. The result? Less transport usage and less CO² emissions.

Furthermore, we don’t transport the containers all the way back to where they came from. Instead, we inspect them and, if necessary, repair them in the plant nearest to the collection point. We then use them for nearby customers.

Empty IBCs take up less space in your yard when they’re folded, something that wouldn’t be possible for rigid IBCs or drums, let alone stainless-steel tanks. Even when they’re filled with your product, they’ll take up less space, because you can safely stack them higher compared to other intermediate bulk solutions.
 

2. Cut out unnecessary waste

Cautious management of our natural resources is a crucial part of sustainability, but it’s also important from an economic point of view. Why? Because certain resources get more expensive every day. Cutting out as much unnecessary waste as possible is a good way to boost sustainability and become more cost-efficient in one blow. Here are just some of the ways CHEP’s Bag-in-box system can help:

Less plastic waste
If you currently use the bottle-in-cage totes and you replace the bottle (it’s common to replace the bottle after a single use), you have created 16 kg of plastic waste. In contrast, the liner that is used in our Bag-in-box solution only weighs around 1.95 kg (that’s the weighted average of our full portfolio).

Fewer wasted resources by reusing instead of recycling
The plastic used in a bottle-in-cage can be recycled. However, the plastic recycling process consumes a large amount of fossil resources and water. This is something you can easily avoid by opting for CHEP Pallecons.

Zero wood waste
Are you using drums? They are often placed on disposable pallets, which increases wood waste.
 

3. Conserve your precious product

If you work with rigid IBCs, you probably already know how hard they are to empty out completely. Over time, that adds up to a lot of wasted product. With the Bag-in-box system, you lose approximately 5% less product compared to rigid IBCs.

Price negotiations are always tough, especially in the current climate where prices seem to be going up everywhere. The amount of product you save using CHEP Bag-in-box IBCs can potentially enable you to offer your customer more product, without the need to actually produce more. A great way to gain a competitive edge, and be more sustainable, at no extra cost.
 

4. Pay only for what you use

If you’re currently managing your own pool of stainless-steel tanks, then you already have a major CAPEX investment buying these tanks. The investment is even bigger if you have to buy enough tanks to handle production peaks. So, during most of the year, you have empty containers just standing around and costing you money. Money that you could invest in something more useful than “safety stock”.

Instead, you can choose to pool CHEP’s Foldable Bag-in-box Containers. This option would enable you to simply order the containers you need, when you need them, without any CAPEX investments. Your customer lets us know when the containers are empty and we’ll pick them up for cleaning and repair. It’s that simple.

 

5. No more hidden costs

Our pooling solution enables you to outsource your containers, simply ordering them where and when you need them. You pay an all-in price which includes the customized plastic liner and the delivery by CHEP. In short, it’s a simple way to get a clear overview of all the costs you need to consider when determining your pricing.

Organizing the process yourself leaves lots of room for hidden costs, especially when you consider things like return logistics, cleaning, depreciation, inspection, storage, and administration.
 

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