First comparative life cycle assessment publkished

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The Cartonplast Group published its first comparative life cycle assessment of polypropylene and cardboard layer pads specified by DIN EN ISO 14040/44.  This  scientifically  sound  study  identified  "durability"  as  the  most important  factor  in  reducing  environmental  impact  regarding  plastic  layer  pads  and their use for transport packaging in the container industry.

About  10.8  kg  of  CO2  emissions  are  avoided  –  which  is  67%  lower  emissions  of greenhouse gases over the entire life cycle of a plastic interlayer. A polypropylene layer pad  has  significantly  better  results  regarding  the  environmental  impact  than  the corrugated cardboard alternative interlayer which was also examined.

CEO,  Joachim  Kreuzburg,  commented  on  today’s  publication:  "For  a  transport  and logistics  company  like  Cartonplast  it  was  an  ambitious  endeavour  to  set  up  this comparative LCA. Our project team has done a very good job with the compilation and organisation of the data in an interesting and readable report. In the long term we strive  for better service for our customers and our environment. We believe that only in this way our success as a market leading company in Europe will continue. I am sure that our  study  is  very  well  positioned  in  our  partner  and  customer  base  as  well  as throughout the field. Managing Director & CSO, Michael Heikenfeld added:  "quality, durability  and  reliability  in  the  pool  system  are  three  important  cornerstones  of  our polypropylene layer pads. Our first LCA should serve as a clear aid to decision-making for the use of plastic layer pads for transport in the container industry. We want to use them  to  describe  and  present  the  Cartonplast-Pool  system  in  new  markets  as  a sustainable business model."

The  LCA  study  was  conducted  in  cooperation  with  an  independent  consulting company, the company Sustainserv GmbH (Zürich, Switzerland). In addition the study by TÜV experts was examined and is certified according to the requirements of ISO  14040/44 of the TÜV NORD CERT GmbH environmental verifier.