Reusable packaging

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Reusable packaging is manufactured of durable materials and is specifically designed for multiple trips and extended life.wikipedia
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Pallet

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Wooden pallets are often made to be expendable, for a single shipment.
Heavy duty pallets are a form of reusable packaging and are designed to be used multiple times.

Reuse of bottles

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Reusable bottles for milk, soda, and beer have been part of closed-loop use-return-clean-refill-reuse cycles.
Reusable bottles are one example of reusable packaging.

Reverse logistics

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These have made most sense when a reverse logistics system is available or can be readily developed.
Reusable packaging systems require a closed-loop logistics system.

Food packaging

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With any food packaging, proper cleaning and disinfecting between each use is critical to health.

Resealable packaging

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Reusable packaging allows for multiple uses which can help reduce waste.

Food storage container

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Food storage containers are typically reusable.

Systainer

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To reduce plastic pollution, Festo designed the Systainer to first allow distribution of products, then be reused in stacking form as reusable packaging for tool transportation and storage.

Disposable product

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For example, a single-use plastic shopping bag might be reused as a bin bag, a household storage bag or a dog faeces bag.

Recycling

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A reusable package or container is “designed for reuse without impairment of its protective function.” The term returnable is sometimes used interchangeably but it can also include returning packages or components for other than reuse: recycling, disposal, incineration, etc. Typically, the materials used to make returnable packaging include steel, wood, polypropylene sheets or other plastic materials.

Polypropylene

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A reusable package or container is “designed for reuse without impairment of its protective function.” The term returnable is sometimes used interchangeably but it can also include returning packages or components for other than reuse: recycling, disposal, incineration, etc. Typically, the materials used to make returnable packaging include steel, wood, polypropylene sheets or other plastic materials.

Plastic

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A reusable package or container is “designed for reuse without impairment of its protective function.” The term returnable is sometimes used interchangeably but it can also include returning packages or components for other than reuse: recycling, disposal, incineration, etc. Typically, the materials used to make returnable packaging include steel, wood, polypropylene sheets or other plastic materials.

Reuse

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Reusability of packaging is an important consideration of the environmental credo of “reduce, reuse, and recycle”.

Sustainable packaging

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It is also important to the movement toward more sustainable packaging.

Shipping container

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For many years, several types of shipping containers have been returnable and reusable.

Automotive industry

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Manufacturing, particularly the automotive industry, has used heavy-duty returnable racks for shipping hoods, fenders, engines, dashboards, etc. from suppliers to final assembly plants.

Quality management system

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An effective Quality Management System is necessary.

Barcode

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Often reusable industrial shipping containers have bar code labels or RFID chips to help identify and route the containers.

Radio-frequency identification

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Often reusable industrial shipping containers have bar code labels or RFID chips to help identify and route the containers.

Water bottle

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Thick plastic water bottles are promoted as an environmental improvement over thin single-use water bottles.

Plastic cup

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Some plastic cups can be re-used, though most are disposable.

Mason jar

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Home canning often uses glass mason jars which are often reused several times.

Container

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Many non-food types of containers, including reusable shopping bags, and luggage, are designed to be reused by consumers.

Reusable shopping bag

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Many non-food types of containers, including reusable shopping bags, and luggage, are designed to be reused by consumers.

Baggage

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Many non-food types of containers, including reusable shopping bags, and luggage, are designed to be reused by consumers.

Plastic shopping bag

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For example, a single-use plastic shopping bag might be reused as a bin bag, a household storage bag or a dog faeces bag.