At RTP Materials Handling, we are very much in favour of reducing the need for single-use plastics as we don’t believe it to be sustainable. But that doesn’t mean all plastics are bad for the environment – in fact, you may be surprised by just how cost-effective & environmentally friendly reusable plastic packaging is.

As a business, it is important to save money wherever possible. We are certain that switching over to our RTP from single-use packaging will provide substantial savings and provide other benefits to your business. We also have the expertise to offer you the correct advice to make your business even more efficient.


Timescale of Payback Period

We all know the initial cost of single-use packaging is cheaper but when you start to think about the ongoing costs, the money that could be saved is staggering. We are confident that RTP will pay for itself in 12 – 24 trips. Some of our customers have packaging that is still in circulation after more than 1500 trips. This is obviously a huge saving in the long run and a ‘closed loop’ recycling system using plastic crates is infinitely more environmentally sustainable than one based on cardboard boxes.

Protection of Contents

Our customers have seen a decrease in damaged products and components when using our plastic RTP. This is due to them being a better protector than a cardboard equivalent, less risk of damage from handling with better grip handles & being able to stack heavy loads on top of each plastic container.

Carbon footprint – RTP vs Single Use Packaging – Manufacturing Process through to Lifecycle & Recycling

Single-use plastics have become common in everyday life. Depending on the scale & nature of your business, there are times when single-use packaging is unavoidable.

Based on an average plastic crate lifecycle of 92 return trips over a period of five years, a Maxinest PCF has a carbon footprint of 26 KGCO2e per unit. The carbon footprint of a similar size cardboard box weighing 0.65KG is 71 KGCO2e per unit, making the carbon footprint of the Maxinest PCF 68% less than cardboard. These figures include the raw materials, transport and the energy used during manufacturing, usage & the disposal/recycling at the end of their respective lifecycles.

We have customers that are still using our RTP after more than 1500 trips, reducing the carbon footprint of our RTP considerably.

The environmental impact of single trip packaging is higher, and the burden for this disposal or recycling is placed on the end user. This can in certain situations make it less convenient for those in the supply chain, and can also lead to increased efforts required to comply with Packaging Waste Regulations.

 How Does Reducing Carbon Footprint Save Costs?

The reusable, robust and recyclable nature of RTP Material Handling’s plastic trays, crates and containers provide a host of financial benefits. Replacing disposable cardboard packaging with plastic RTP will often pay for itself after just 12 trips and, with a usable life of at least 92 trips, generates significant ongoing financial savings for our customers.

After every trip, cardboard must be disposed of at additional cost in accordance with Package Waste Legislation. The robust nature of plastic RTP ensures that your products arrive in prime condition.

Free from tape or staples, plastic RTP is quick and easy to open, providing faster handling times and less risk of operator injuries. To deter theft, many models can be fitted with tamper-evident security seals.

Although adopting plastic RTP could involve an up-front capital outlay, our leasing packages allow customers to benefit from RTP funded out of the savings gained. It’s worth noting too, that as part of our environmental commitment to customers, we can recycle all plastic RTP that’s reached the end of its useful life, reprocessing the plastic to make new RTP over and over again.

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