Comparing the Environmental Impact of Reusable Layer Pads with Expendable Cardboard Layer Pads: Durability Is Key Consideration

The Cartonplast Group Announces Results of Comparative life cycle Assessment of Polypropylene and Cardboard Layer Pads Specified by DIN EN ISO 14040/44

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A new independent study published by the Cartonplast Group provides a comparative life cycle assessment of polypropylene and cardboard layer pads. The study pinpointed “durability” as the most critical factor in reducing environmental impact with respect to plastic layer pads and their application for transport packaging within the container industry. To see an abridged version of the study, click here.


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Compared to cardboard, the plastic layer pad avoids around 10.8 kg of CO2 emissions – 67 percent lower emissions of greenhouse gases over the entire life cycle.  Cartonplast states that a polypropylene layer pad has significantly better results with respect to environmental impact than the corrugated cardboard alternative which was also examined.

“For a transport and logistics company like Cartonplast it was an ambitious endeavor to set up this comparative LCA,” states CEO, Joachim Kreuzburg. “Our project team has done a very good job with the compilation and organization of the data in an interesting and readable report. In the long term we strive for better service for our customers and our environment. We believe that only in this way our success as a market leading company in Europe will continue.”

“Quality, durability and reliability in the pool system are three important cornerstones of our polypropylene layer pads,” adds Managing Director & CSO, Michael Heikenfeld. “Our first LCA should serve as a clear aid to decision-making for the use of plastic layer pads for transport in the container industry. We want to use them to describe and present the Cartonplast-Pool system in new markets as a sustainable business model.”

The LCA study was undertaken in cooperation with an independent consulting company, Sustainserv GmbH, based in Zürich, Switzerland, and confirmed by TÜV NORD CERT GmbH environmental verifier.

“The cooperation between Cartonplast and Sustainserv is based on our shared commitment to sound, detectable work,” offers Paul Schnabl, Consultant of Sustainserv. This comparative LCA was set up in accordance to applicable ISO-standards and following from that was critically verified by TÜV NORD CERT GmbH environment expert. Therefore these results carry the TÜV official seal and are verified.”

In conclusion, Cartonplast stresses that the best way to reduce the environmental footprint of transport packaging is through durability and repeated reuse.

For more information, please email the company: or contact Michael Heikenfeld, Managing Director & CSO,

Source: Cartonplast