Absolutely! “Sustainability” is all about conserving resources and energy expenditures. By re-using our plastic shipping containers instead of throwing them away after one use, every one of our customers is “greening” their supply chains. This includes:
- Reducing fuel consumption and emissions through container collapsibility. CHEP containers are collapsible, greatly reducing the number of trips needed to backhaul empty containers. Most of our containers have at least a 3:1 return ratio; this means fewer trucks on the road, less fuel being consumed and fewer emissions into the atmosphere. In addition, it means lower freight costs and more money on your bottom line.
- Reducing the extraction, production & consumption of raw materials needed to make new shipping totes. This includes the energy expenditures required to drill for petroleum and fabricate new containers in manufacturing facilities. Those savings in mining & manufacturing energy consumption, as well as the savings in petroleum and other ingredients needed to make containers – plus the reduction in fluorocarbons added to the environment through the production process – really add-up over time.
- Reducing landfill usage. By reusing shipping totes again and again, space is saved in landfills that would otherwise be taken up by one-time-use containers. Thus, landfills last longer and more land and vegetation is spared from being transformed into mountains of refuse.
- Benefiting from the reduced costs that come from a sustainable supply chain. Each step described above costs manufacturers, shippers and end-use disposal sites money, and those costs get passed on to each link in the supply chain. Avoiding the steps described above through container re-use means that ethical companies can pass those savings on to their customers. Check-out our case studies to learn how this process plays out in the real-time business world through the use of sustainable shipping containers from CHEP Pallecon Solutions.