Q: Why should I consider reusable transport packaging?

- Cost savings: Reusables last longer, lowering expenses for packaging materials over time and nearly eliminating costs on packaging waste disposal right away.
- More efficient operations: Reusables’ standardized and durable design helps streamline production processes and makes more efficient use of storage, warehouse, trailer and loading dock space.
- Better product protection: Reusables are typically more resistant to chemicals and moisture, offer stronger insulation and are sturdier than limited-use packaging.
- Improved worker safety and ergonomics: Reusables eliminate box cutting, staples and broken pallets, and come in standardized sizes and weights, reducing worker injuries.
- Environmental performance: On average, Reusables generate 95% less waste and 29% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and require 39% less energy than limited-use packaging. View case studies to learn more about the benefits of reusables.

Q: Is reusable transport packaging more expensive than limited-use transport packaging?
A: Because initial costs for reusable transport packaging are often higher than limited-use transport packaging, many companies are hesitant to make the switch. What many don't realize, though, is that in many cases the long-term savings from Reusables far outweigh the initial investment. Reusable transport packaging eliminates the need to repeatedly purchase and handle limited-use packaging, so the more you spend on disposable transport packaging, the more you can save over time by switching to reusables.

Q: What kind of companies typically use reusable transport packaging?
A: Many companies and organizations that ship frequently or transport and store goods internally on a regular basis use Reusables. Certain industries are particularly well suited to the use of Reusables, including agriculture, food & beverage, manufacturing, retail and healthcare. To learn more about reusable transport packaging for specific industries click here. Many San Francisco Bay Area organizations have replaced limited-use transport packaging with Reusables—and the number is growing! Check out our interactive map here.

Q: What types of transport packaging materials are considered reusable?
A: Containers, totes, pallets, pallet wraps and bands, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and other transport packaging materials that can be cleaned, repaired (as needed) and reused and have a lifespan of at least 5 years are considered reusable. Reusables are typically made of durable plastic, metal, or wood, and often incorporate recycled content.