Life Cycle Analysis Tool Reveals Foldable Plastic IBCs Excel, Saving up to 61% Greenhouse Gas, Using 23% Less Water, and Consuming 17% Less Fossil Fuel than Competitors.
Aartselaar, Belgium – Tosca, a leading international reusable packaging and pooling services provider, has unveiled an innovative life cycle analysis tool. This tool aids companies moving bulk liquids to opt for the greenest Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) type, enabling them to minimize their environmental impact. Leveraging Trayak’s Compass platform and endorsed by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the tool delivers detailed data on the full lifecycle benefits of transitioning to Tosca’s foldable IBCs from current alternatives.
The tool’s LCA data demonstrates that Tosca’s reusable, foldable IBCs surpass rival load carriers in environmental sustainability for short, medium, and long hauls. The comparison involves Schütz containers, stainless steel containers, steel drums, and stackable plastic drums.
Tosca Life Cycle Analysis Tool
The analysis encompasses factors like fossil fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and water usage. The results reveal that Tosca’s solution generally creates a smaller environmental footprint compared to alternatives. This benefit is notably evident during extended return journeys, where Tosca’s foldable IBCs excel over rigid IBCs. One standard truck can transport up to 182 empty foldable IBCs, equating to over 3 trucks needed for rigid bulk containers of similar capacity.
- Tosca’s foldable plastic IBCs can lead to up to 61% greenhouse gas savings compared to stainless steel containers over longer distances.
- Compared to Schütz containers, foldable plastic IBCs use on average 23% less water across all travel lengths.
- Against plastic drums, foldable plastic IBCs save a minimum of 17% in fossil fuel consumption.
These results underscore the significant environmental benefits of choosing foldable plastic IBCs over other container options.
“We are delighted to introduce this new tool to companies transporting bulk liquids,” stated Karin Witton, Global Director of Sustainability at Tosca. “It will empower them to make informed decisions about the environmental impact of their packaging choices. By using the LCA data, companies can continuously search for ways to further reduce the environmental footprint at every stage of the life cycle.”
“We are proud to offer bulk liquid solutions that not only have a smaller environmental footprint but also provide superior performance and durability,” added Dan Lee, Tosca’s EMEA president. “Our LCA tool demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and our efforts to continuously improve the environmental impact of our products and solutions whilst also driving more efficient, higher performing supply chains.”
Tosca’s pooling model, featuring their reusable packaging solutions such as foldable IBCs, enables clients to collectively use the containers. This approach curtails waste and ecological footprint without demanding a considerable initial investment. The pooling strategy also guarantees the timely availability of clean, inspected reusable assets. Tosca’s dedication to sustainability extends to minimizing food waste and enhancing supply chain productivity.