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.