Assessing Climate Impact: Reusable Systems vs. Single-use Takeaway Packaging
Zero Waste Europe, Reloop, and TOMRA, with the contribution of Eunomia Research & Consulting Eunomia, have published a study on reusable take-away packaging and its potential for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions compared to single-use alternatives.
The study examines various packaging types (cups, burger boxes, bowls, pizza boxes, sushi containers, etc.), highlighting emissions reduction potential with efficient return, washing and redistribution systems, with a view to 2030.
The study involved modelling to measure the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from reusable takeaway packaging compared to single-use ones.
The results indicate that reuse has potential to yield greater environmental benefits than recycling or discarding take-away packaging in Europe.