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Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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Voluntary material efficiency commitment in the food industry

In the food industry, raw materials account for about 45 % of net sales. The cost of purchasing goods sold in the grocery trade is more than 70 % of turnover. Therefore, measures to improve material...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Reusable packaging, returning customers

At least 20 uses... A Finnish company provides reusable packaging for online stores The innovative circular economy business model has led to several awards For customers, advantages include short...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Making small-sized custom-packaging viable

Small package, big opportunity... Optimisation of space on foam blocks Accelerated development process and wider customer base Less waste on the client-side  Custom-packaging enterprises...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Leading on resource efficiency, Welsh government

Tackling food waste as a priority Welsh government explored ways to reduce food and packaging waste Tackling food waste alone saves more than 16 tonnes of CO2 and over € 4 000 (£ 3 600) in costs per...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

SOUL, sustainable packaging for eggs

Heart and soul of green packaging Packaging specialist worried about large volumes of sludge containing reusable fibres New egg carton design leads to reduced waste and annual savings of € 20 000...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Integrity Seal for frozen chips

Seal of approval Trademarked sealing technology proves its worth on potato product lines Improves output speed and quality, reduces costs and associated production and food waste McCain Foods Ltd. in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: 10-30%
Good practice

Film packaging, reducing fresh produce waste

Packaging tech tackles fresh food waste Successful trial of gas permeable packaging solution leads to full roll-out Solution has potential to cut product waste by up to 50 % throughout the supply...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Reducing food and packaging waste in egg supply chain

Sturdy recycled PET packaging proves reliable  Supermarket launches trial of rPET packaging to cut food waste from damaged eggs The new cartons reduce egg waste, are 30 % lighter, have a 44 % lower...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Lightweight glass containers in brewery

Shedding some weight New lightweight beer bottle designs prove popular with customers while saving on material costs Lightweight packaging and containers can also cut transport costs and carbon...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Intelligent packaging in food and drink industry

Intelligent packaging is based on the idea that packaging is more than a container, it can also be a highly effective communication medium, carrying information on material flows and logistics (via...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Efficient glass production saves energy...

Masterclass in glass manufacturing Combined measures, including a new furnace, greater use of recycled material and lightweight glass, deliver results For every 10 % of recycled glass used, 3 % of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Good practice

Selling waste as secondary material

Neat return from a neat solution Market analysis reveals opportunity to turn waste into profit The company can make € 7 000 per year by on-selling plastic packaging at no additional cost The German...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)