We collaborate with partners across our supply chain to develop solutions that reduce our environmental impact and enable others to reduce theirs as well. For example, we’ve teamed up with Tosca to switch much of our product distribution in Europe from wooden to plastic pallets, saving CO2 and reducing waste in the process, and we’re helping our partners make the switch as well.
Plastic pallets are lighter weight and more durable than wooden pallets, so they can be re-used more often and are less likely to break, helping reduce the risk of damage, waste in the supply chain, and CO2 emissions. Tosca pallets can be used over 100 times, and when they can no longer be used they are recycled.
Soon after we joined the Tosca program, we started trialing it with our customer Watershed Group, Ireland’s largest privately owned producer of innovative, best-in-class labeling and packaging solutions for many of Europe’s leading food, beverage, consumer, pharma, and retail brands.
We spoke with Production Manager Sean Crosby about the impact the Tosca pallet program has had on their operations and sustainability goals.
What was your motivation to participate in the Tosca pallet trial?
We are always open to incorporating any new processes that help with sustainability and cleanliness.
How are you using the Tosca pallets?
Before we would receive all materials on wooden pallets and use those pallets to ship out our finished labels. Now we use Tosca pallets for receiving goods at a growing number of our sites, which means we no longer need to bring wooden pallets into our warehouses at these locations.