ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Our products' impact

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PRODUCT INFORMATION

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Product GHG: 0.32587 kgCO2

Elements considered & impact (kgCO2)*

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Reusable VS. Single-use

Below is a simple representation that illustrates the principle of reusable packaging. Most of the impact is found in the sourcing of the material and the assembly process. Each cycle (delivery + return) then only accounts for a very small portion of the overall impact.

In comparison, single-use packaging emits the same amount of packaging each cycle leading to a higher carbon footprint after only a few cycles.

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*All our research is based on the 2022 Government Conversion factors for company reporting of GHG emissions. LINK

CASE STUDY

This case study intends to compare the cumulative impact (in CO2 equivalents) of Kvatt reusable packaging and a single-use cardboard box. The conditions of this test are detailed on the left-hand side. 60% return rate corresponds to a conservative estimation of the proportion of customers who actually send back their packaging after receiving it. As we work with logistics partners to help increase this number, the impact of Kvatt reusable packaging will decrease.

Assumptions

Single-use pack:
Product GHG:
Landfill GHG:

Cardboard box
0.22 kgCO2
1.04 kgCO2/tonnes

Reusable pack:
Product GHG:
Landfill GHG:

Kvatt Charlie S
0.32 kgCO2
8.88 kgCO2/tonnes

Packaging return rate: 
Number of cycles:

60%
10

Delivery vehicle: 
Delivery distance:
Delivery GHG:

Van - Class I - Diesel
150km
0.57 kgCO2

Impact Comparison

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GHG Emissions 'break-even' after 1.8 uses
Impact reduction of 43% after 10 uses

Calculation formula (cumulative impact)

SINGLE-USE:

Products shipped x Product GHG + Products shipped x Outbound shipment GHG + Products shipped x Landfill GHG

REUSABLE:

(Products shipped x Product GHG + Products shipped x Outbound shipment GHG) + (%Loss rate x Landfill GHG) + (%Return rate x Inbound shipment)
+ (%Loss rate x Product GHG)

LEARNINGS

Material choice has a lower impact on reusable packaging GHG.

Return rates have a huge impact on overall reusable packaging GHG.

Overall, the manufacturing location accounts for close to 80% of the product's impact.

By increasing your return rate by only 5%, you can reduce your impact by 15%.

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Product GHG: 0.5482 kgCO2

CHARLIE L

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Product GHG: 0.8915 kgCO2

Elements considered & impact (kgCO2)*

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