Roundup: RePack Updates Carbon Footprint Analysis, K. Hartwall’s BigBox

RePack Updates Its CO2 Analysis – Reduces CO2 by 80% Versus Disposable Bags or Boxes

Reusable RePack packaging reduces CO2 emissions by up to 80% when compared to disposable bags or boxes, according to the company, thanks to reuse and efficient reverse logistics through the post. In comparison to the manufacturing and waste treatment of 20 new disposable packages, the use of RePack results in significant CO2 reduction. RePack states that if RePack is reused only a second time, it still has a smaller carbon footprint than two disposable boxes or bags.

RePack looks to further reduce its environmental impact in the future by moving to biobased materials and local returns handling.

To find out more details about RePack’s environmental study, it can be downloaded here.


K. Hartwall BigBox as Alternative to Loose Shipping



Loose loading of parcels is popular for a reason, K. Hartwall notes in a recent blog: As a large part of the overall logistics costs is tied to transportation, assuring the maximal cubic fill especially for long distances in trucks or containers is smart and cost efficient.

On the other hand, it notes, loose loading has an impact on labor costs, as well as trailer and dock utilization. So where transportation costs are lower, as in shorter-haul trips, then the case of parcel unitization is a more attractive option. K. Hartwall asks where the breaking point is when deciding between loose loading and unitization.

Based on labor cost alone, it identifies the breakeven point as being about 500 kilometers.


According to K. Hartwall, the main benefits of the BigBox include:

Main benefits:

  • Extremely time-efficient loading and unloading reducing truck waiting time from 2,5h to 0,5 h
  • Simple and user-friendly manual handling
  • High cubic fill thanks to double-stacking
  • Very efficient return logistics
  • Reduction of product damages
  • Compatible with automated tipping

Source: K. Hartwall