Gateway reviews packaging options

The use of returnable transit packs is a clear way to reduce the environmental effects of packaging, a study for Gateway has concluded. But for primary packaging, the largest part of the packaging system in terms of both weight and energy consumption, there are no obvious solutions.

Gateway embarked two years ago on a programme to reduce the energy consumed by its packaging by 50% by 1996 (ENDS Report 192, pp 24-25). The company now seems unlikely to meet this target, in part because of the complexity of calculating the baseline, but more because of a change of emphasis from going it alone to working with the rest of the retail industry through the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD).

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