Exertis has highlighted some of the initiatives it has undertaken to continue its drive to improving business sustainability.
The first phase of a working partnership with Macfarlane Packaging has seen Exertis reduce stretch wrap and pallet top sheets material by 24% – a total of 18 tonnes of plastic material at its three logistic centres in the UK. The second phase of the project is underway and initial findings predict removal of a further 19 tonnes of plastic material – reducing material manufacturing CO2 emissions by 36 tonnes. The third stage will see the process implemented across other Exertis facilities across Europe.
Other initiatives include: the redesign of packaging for own brand products at Hypertec, eliminating plastic and using recyclable materials. Reducing the size of packaging, removing single-use plastic, using more sustainable and eco-friendly materials and educating the end-user on recycling at Kondor. Supporting the circular economy with the refurbishment and repair of mobile devices at second-lifecycle solutions provider MTR. Increasing its drop ship services to retailers and resellers in the UK by 73% (March to May YOY), thereby cutting down the amount of time goods have to be moved.
Global Logistics Director, Alan Lynch said: “Sustainability is a key focus for Exertis and the business has been working on projects across the group with third-party suppliers, vendors and customers to optimise packaging, reduce material waste, support the circular economy and increase our dropship services. By developing innovative solutions, we not only reduce our carbon footprint but positively impact the environment.”