Product GHG: 0.32587 kgCO2
Elements considered & impact (kgCO2)*
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.
*All our research is based on the 2022 Government Conversion factors for company reporting of GHG emissions. LINK
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.
Kvatt Charlie S
Packaging return rate:
Number of cycles:
Van - Class I - Diesel
GHG Emissions 'break-even' after 1.8 uses
Impact reduction of 43% after 10 uses
Calculation formula (cumulative impact)
Products shipped x Product GHG + Products shipped x Outbound shipment GHG + Products shipped x Landfill GHG
(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)