Reusable plastic container specialist IFCO Systems is expanding a study that compares the environmental effects of RPCs and corrugated boxes.
The study, conducted for IFCO by consultancy Franklin Associates, also measures RPCs’ and corrugated’s effects on solid waste, energy demand, water usage and other factors.
“We fully expect the life cycle analysis of human and eco-toxicity impacts for RPCs to add a layer of information to the analysis,” Hillary Femal, IFCO’s vice president of global marketing, said in the release. “These two impact categories were not evaluated in the life cycle assessment released in 2013 due to the lack of scientific consensus regarding methodology in early 2012 when the study was scoped.”
An earlier version of the study found that IFCO RPCs, on average, generate 82% less solid waste, consume 92% less water, require 49% less energy and lower ozone depletion by 76% for 10 top produce commodities.
The study also found that for every 1,000 pounds of produce shipped in IFCO RPCs instead of display-ready corrugated boxes, growers and retailers save approximately 13 pounds of solid waste, 700,000 BTUs of energy and 360 gallons of water.