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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

Family-run bakery's investment in waste recycling

Invest now, save for decades! Benefits of waste recycling go beyond simply reducing waste It also decreases the amount of raw materials used and this saves money and helps the environment Every day...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 100% 1 - 2 Year(s)
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
Technology

Shielding gas prevents food spoilage

Food packed in ordinary plastic and cling film only remains edible for a few days in storage. The poor shelf-life of packed foods means extra costs, especially for catering kitchens that produce high...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
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

Less waste and fewer lorries on the road

Logistics in the driving seat of resource savings Rethinking how it handles packaging leads to integrated benefits Reusable metal crates saves 17 kg of packaging material per parcel (sent load)...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High 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

Big savings by optimising waste management and reducing...

More than a pebble story... Joint waste-sorting and resource conservation efforts yields good results for the company, environment and staff Material losses reduced by 264 tonnes (saving € 53 000 a ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 0.6 Year(s)
Technology

Innovative packaging for frozen products

Packaging is usually developed simply to protect products during transportation, storage and display. However, in some circumstances, more complex packaging can be useful. A company looked at markets...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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