Carbon footprint: what it is and how to calculate it for packaging
The carbon footprint of a product is defined by the emission of greenhouse gases resulting from its activities, whether direct or indirect. The measurement is based on factors such as carbon dioxide, water vapour, methane, nitrogen oxide and ozone.
The calculation of the carbon footprint and the environmental impact of packaging is determined by the greenhouse gas emissions during the packaging process, which can be divided into two parts:
Production: where all the raw materials that give rise to the packaging are used, such as cardboard, plastic, paper, as well as their transformation into that product to be marketed.
Transport of the raw material: from the place where it is obtained to the plant where it is going to be produced, and from there to its storage place. Subsequently, from the storage site to the end customer.
Lightweight packaging. It is obvious that the lighter and less heavy the material, the less load and the more efficient the transport will be. It will reduce the number of wagons, trucks, containers, etc. and the consequent energy savings.
Reducing the carbon footprint of packaging: What options do we consider at CMB?
At CMB, we study perfectly the solutions we give our clients to reduce the environmental impact of industrial packaging. To this end, we apply certain measures to reduce the carbon footprint of the packaging process and thus reduce the environmental impact it produces.
When it comes to packaging design, it must be reduced to the minimum size necessary and the amount of material to be used must be optimized as much as possible. Excessive packaging with excess material implies not only cost overruns, but also a lack of professionalism for the brand.
It is also important to avoid stuffing as much as possible; a correct design optimizes and makes it unnecessary to use more material, in this case for stuffing. If, for whatever reason, there is no other solution than to use it, such material should always be reusable and recyclable.