Why Reuse your transport and storage containers?

Wood pallets and cardboard boxes encompass a significant volume of waste generated by businesses across the country, and there is minimal and costly landfill space left for garbage. That is why Sustainable Transport Packaging launched an initiative to bring businesses the information and resources they need to make a change to reusable pallets and bulk containers.

Sustainable Transport Packaging supports the growth of reusable packaging systems in North America and strives to assist businesses to support their bottom line while still actively working to protect the environment.

Why Reuse your transport and storage containers?

Sustainable Transport Packaging wants you to understand the benefits of reusable packaging systems. The tools, tips and techniques provided will help your business find its feet. You will find:

  • A basic guide that outlines and explains Sustainable transport packaging: what it is, how it functions and why a switch makes sense.
  • Real-world examples illustrating how reusable packaging saves a company money and minimizes potentially lost profit.
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Benefits of Choosing Sustainable Transport Packaging:

  • Minimized waste management costs.
  • Reduced labor costs.
  • Improved product protection.
  • Reduced product damage.
  • Enhanced worker safety.
  • Increased useful life of packaging.
  • Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

What are the reusable pallets and containers built from?

Reusable pallets and containers are built for years of use. They are designed from virgin or recycled-content plastic, which is resistant to chemical spills and moisture and can act well as an insulator for goods. Rugged, moisture-proof containers are built to protect products in rough shipping environments.

With plastic pallet and container pooling, companies outsource the planning of pallet and container management to a third-party pooling management service. This pallet is delivered to the company; palletized products are shipped through the internal supply chain; then a pallet rental service like Sustainable Transport Packaging picks up the empty pallets and returns them to their own service centers for inspection and repair. Pooling pallets are built from durable, high-quality plastics.

Why are third-party providers of pallets a good idea?

Closed-loop systems are the ideal model for savings using services and solutions offered by Sustainable Transport Packaging. Our reusable containers and pallets flow through your production system and return empty to their starting point to begin the process again.

Managed open-loop shipping systems need the support of third-party pooling management to complete the more complex return of empty transport packaging. For example, this container may be shipped from just a single location or multiple locations to numerous destinations. The pooling management company creates your pooling network to facilitate the return of empty reusable pallets and containers. A pooling management company will be responsible for providing various services such as supply, collection and repair of any damaged pallets or reusable containers.

Most companies looking into sustainable transport packaging choose to make the flip because it saves on their bottom line. Sustainable transport materials can add profit to a company’s bottom line in many ways:

Improved Worker Safety:

  • Elimination of box cutting, large staples and broken pallets reduces the potential causes of injuries.
  • Reusable containers with ergonomically designed handles and access hatches improve worker safety.
  • Standardized sizes and weights of reusable packaging mechanisms decrease the number of back injuries.
  • Standardized containers enable the use of merchandising racks, storage racks and lift equipment.
  • Removal of in-facility debris, such as stray packaging materials, reduces slip and fall injuries.

Reduced Inventory and Timely Delivery:

  • Standardized transport packaging workings and ordering quantities improve ordering capabilities and the tracking of inventory, while also reducing errors.
  • More frequent shipments of smaller quantities delivered closer to the time they are needed reduce the number of days that inventory and dollars sit idle and nonproductive.
  • Finding a way to combine supplier pick-ups or customer deliveries in small, daily circuits, saves cash and time.

Quality Improvements:

  • Less damage to products occurs due to transport packaging failure.
  • Improved efficiency in truck loading and dock operations reduce expenses.

Packaging Material Cost Reductions:

  • Increased longevity of sustainable transport packaging results in packaging material expense of pennies per trip.
  • Expense related to sustainable transport packaging can be spread across the span of multiple years.

Reduced Waste Management Expenses:

  • Less waste to manage for recycling and disposal.
  • Less labor required for preparing the waste for recycling and disposal.
  • Reduced recycling and disposal expenses.

Environmental Impacts:

  • Reduced need to build disposal facilities.
  • Assists you in meeting state and county waste diversion goals.
  • Supports the local community.
  • At the end of its life, most reusable plastic transport packaging can be managed by simply
  • recycling plastic.
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

Who uses Sustainable Transport Packaging?

A wide assortment of businesses and industries in manufacturing, handling of materials and their storage and distribution have discovered the benefits of reusable packaging. Here are some examples:


  • Computer manufacturers.
  • Electronics manufacturers.
  • Electronics assembling facilities.
  • Automotive part manufacturers.
  • Automotive assembly plants.
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Food and Beverage:

  • Manufacturers of food and beverage products and their distribution companies.
  • Meat producers, processing facilities and distribution facilities.
  • Growers of produce, field processing and distribution.
  • Companies responsible for supplying grocery stores with baked goods, dairy and meats.
  • Chocolate manufacturers.


  • Club stores.
  • Superstores.
  • Magazine distributors.
  • Restaurant chains.
  • Airline caterers.
  • Auto parts retailers.

A myriad of businesses and industries have discovered the benefits of reusable packaging, why are you still using traditional containers and pallets?