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Supply chain analysis
About This Project

Carbon Footprint Big Bags

All over the world products are transported in Big Bags. LC Packaging started a refurbishing service in which they collect, clean, check and, if needed, repair used big bags. After this process the bags can enter a second, third, fourth, fifth or even sixth life.

What does reuse mean for the carbon footprint of big bags? I calculated this by mapping the lifecycle together with LC Packaging, collecting data about energy and material use and calculating the CO2 footprint. The result: reconditioning and reusing FIBCs leads to a significant reduction in carbon footprint. Reductions depend on the number of reuse-cycles. By giving recommendations to decrease the waste & energy use of the refurbishing process this benefit will increase even further.

The client is satisfied with the study because it strengthens the business case for reuse.

This assignment was granted to Except Integrated Sustainability and Marta Suanzes, Tim Horsten and I worked on it. Curious about the carbon footprint of your product? Let me know.