USA – Tosca has launched a new life cycle analysis (LCA) tool to help companies transporting bulk liquids reduce their environmental footprint by selecting sustainable liquid intermediate bulk containers (IBC).
Endorsed by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the tool utilizes Trayak’s Compass platform and analyses a company’s use of fossil fuels and water and its greenhouse gas emissions with its current containers.
Karin Witton, Global Director of Sustainability at Tosca said: “We are delighted to introduce this new tool to companies transporting bulk liquids. It will empower them to make informed decisions about the environmental impact of their packaging choices.
“By using the LCA data, companies can continuously search for ways to further reduce the environmental footprint at every stage of the life cycle.”
Tosca says that the data demonstrates the positive environmental impacts of the LBCs over competing load carriers, such as Schütz containers, stainless steel containers, steel drums, and nestable plastic drums.
The company notes that foldable plastic IBCs offer up to 61% greenhouse gas savings in long-distance deliveries compared to stainless steel containers, and an average use of 23% less water across all distances in comparison with Schütz containers.
In addition, they lower fossil fuel use by 17% in comparison with plastic drums. As such, Tosca states that its solutions reduce environmental impact ‘in most cases,’ with 182 empty foldable IBCs thought to fit in a standard truck – a benefit that would replace more than three trucks needed to transport rigid bulk containers with similar capacity.
Tosca’s reusable packaging solutions, including their foldable IBCs, are part of a pooling model.
Pooling also ensures that high-quality, washed and inspected reusable assets are in the right place at the right time.
Tosca EMEA president Dan Lee commented: “Our LCA tool demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and our efforts to continuously improve the environmental impact of our products and solutions whilst also driving more efficient, higher performing supply chains.”
Last year, Tosca provided its plastic pallets to Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials for the distribution of its materials, aiming to cut 800 tons of CO2 emissions out of the European supply chain every year.
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