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The Case for Reusable Packing

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TaimoorZ
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TaimoorZ   10/29/2013 11:23:13 PM
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@Himanshugupta: I think the only time you can ban plastic or non-reusable packaging is when you have an alternate that's as good as the the non-reusable one. Right now, I see paper packaging being used but that's not an equal alternative. You need more innovation in this area before you can put up a ban.

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tirlapur   10/27/2013 11:59:04 PM
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Reusable packaging was a term introduced many years back, and now it is being incorporated in the supply chain. Manufacturers are growing tired from all the hassles they have to endure from environmental activists, which actually do harm their sales and does not generate interests from mass media. Adopting reusable packing will not only benefit the environment or reduce their wastes and increase their savings, but also shut the environmentalists up. This is actually favour market growth.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   10/27/2013 9:59:54 PM
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@Taimoor...what  you say is sad but true.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   10/27/2013 9:58:50 PM
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@prabhakar, I hear what you are saying but i don't think that reusable necessarily means less robust. Think about the metal pallet above--i bet it has much better strength than its coutnerparts. Sometimes, single use packaging is what leads to quality problems. Although not an electronics examples, i think of water bottles that are getting increasingly thinner... better for the enfiroment but i had one crack in my bag recently. Not good.

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Himanshugupta   10/26/2013 12:29:16 PM
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reuseable packing kind of exist today but it is an expensive alternative. I think government intervention can help the resuable packing industry. Just as the ban on plastic bags, the reusable packing is not in vogue but people might also be not aware of the potential problems of normal packing material.

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_hm   10/26/2013 7:25:07 AM
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@Prabhakar: I also think on same line as yours. There are many consideration to be evaluated for reusable packaging material. Yes, it can be good practice and should be used.

 

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TaimoorZ   10/26/2013 2:56:19 AM
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"Is it a lot more costly? Are there other concerns? What's holding folks back?"

@Hailey: I may sound very cynical but for most companies, concern for environment comes under CSR which is just a way of getting public attention and becoming favorable in front of people and authorities. When companies conduct any environmental protection activities, they want these to be noted. Something like using reusable packaging within factories might not have that much recognition and impact.

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Good enough?
TaimoorZ   10/26/2013 2:47:09 AM
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While I do agree that using reusable packaging inside factories for pallets and boxes is a good move to prevent damage to the environment, I'm not sure if it's a good enough effort. The actual waste is related to the product packaging directly and that has a much higher impact on the environment compared to pallets or similar items that are only used in smaller quantities.

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prabhakar_deosthali   10/26/2013 2:00:50 AM
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In my opinion, wherever the health issues are not concerned, such as medicines, health supplies, fruits & vegetables , the reusable packaging can be harmlessly used.

Since any packaging gets all kind of abuse in the hands of the people, machines , the vehicles in which the goods are transported - its oginal shape, strength may get affected.

To reuse such packaging, some validation of the original strength characteristics may be in order.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   10/25/2013 6:40:57 PM
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Reusable packaging seems like such a good choice from the standpoint of cost, corporate citizenship, marketing opportunity and the rest, i find it suprising that it is not more common. Is it a lot more costly? Are there other concerns? What's holding folks back?

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