Closing the loop on circular economy supply chain “takes a three-fold approach”, says Schoeller Allibert UK

Walkington: sustainability shouldn’t be complex or difficult

Schoeller Allibert, a leading UK manufacturer and supplier of returnable and recyclable plastic packaging solutions, has shared insight on how it believes the retail supply chain will adapt their product lifecycle approach towards circular economies with a focus on systems that eliminate waste and embrace the use sustainable materials and energy.

The business has spoken about its vision for a more sustainable and secure retail supply chain, which begins with closing the loop in intralogistics packaging. Schoeller Allibert believes that creating a robust circular economy in supply chain logistics can be made simple with a trio of considerations.

Jon Walkington, sales & marketing director at Schoeller Allibert UK, comments: “Retailers and consumer goods companies are juggling a number of priorities at the same time, all while protecting the important bottom line. On top of volume, speed and the reduction of headcount, one of the most significant is developing a more sustainable supply chain. Where the challenge lies is that switching to greener technology and closing the plastic loop is often time and resource intensive and tends to be achieved in step changes – evolution, rather than revolution.

“To play our part in building more fundamentally secure and responsible supply chains, we have three core actions. These are:

  • Using recyclate in containers (particularly crucial ahead of incoming plastic tax regulations)
  • Making our product solutions 100% recyclable
  • Creating a simple and direct route for recovery with inhouse recycling of broken or excess containers – nothing goes to waste

“By putting these three considerations at the front of everything we do, we’re directly speaking to the needs of retailers and consumer goods companies in today’s rapidly shifting market conditions. Sustainability shouldn’t be complex or difficult – that’s why we work so hard to take away traditional pressure points in warehousing and logistics.”

In addition to sharing its insights, Schoeller Allibert UK has recently formed a dedicated taskforce designed to support customers in shoring up their long-term sustainability strategies by implementing durable and recoverable alternatives to traditional solutions.

Jon concluded: “From our unique perspective, working with retailers of every size, subcategory and operational structure, we see a threefold approach being the most effective way of creating a circular economy in supply chain and warehouse logistics. It’s this that guides how we operate and develop our offering, from IBCs and bulk containers, through to handheld containers, dollies and beyond.

“Through the retail sector, a closed loop supply chain is often seen as the ‘holy grail’ for boosting sustainable performance. In reality, it’s a lot closer than we might think. With our three-fold approach of using recyclate, making our solutions fully recyclable and recoverable, Schoeller Allibert is ideally placed to support retailers.”

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