Sustainability and efficiency are part of every Rentacrate eco-friendly project, and sustainability reporting is available on every project. Clients can learn more about their project's positive impact on the environment with our Sustainability Calculator. Simply ask your sales rep to run the analysis and we will provide all the details in accordance with your organization's requirements.
Rentacrate’s reusable plastic crates are easier to use and significantly less expensive and more environmentally friendly for commercial or residential moves than traditional cardboard boxes. In a time when cardboard packaging material accounts for a significant percentage of landfill waste, incorporating reusable plastic crates into your business is an important step toward becoming a greener company. Also, compared to corrugated boxes, reusable plastic containers:
- Require 39 percent less total energy to produce
- Produce 95 percent less total solid waste
- Generate 29 percent less total greenhouse gas emissions
- Using Rentacrates reduces the number of truckloads necessary for your move, the number of trucks on the road and the amount of fuel burned – resulting in lower overall costs to you and carbon emissions from your company
With an average lifespan of 17 years, reusable crates dramatically reduce the amount of carbon contributed to the atmosphere, as compared to that of single-use corrugated cardboard boxes. How? When you use crates, you conserve resources by taking advantage of existing products. Because crates are reusable, more do not have to be produced to meet demand. The same can’t be said for cardboard, which uses tremendous resources to manufacture, transport and even recycle packaging that will only be used once.
The processes by which Rentacrates are made is another reason our crates are an environmentally friendly alternative to cardboard. Utilizing natural gas, the plastic manufacturing process is so energy efficient that it actually uses less fossil fuel per pound than paper making and paper recycling. Plastics manufacturing also generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions than paper making and paper recycling. Rentacrate products are made from 100 percent recyclable plastic.
Broken, damaged or retired crates are returned to the factory where they are recycled and used in the production of new crates with only an additional 5 percent of new plastic. With its highly efficient recycling program, Rentacrate ensures that once a crate is produced, its reuse capacity is almost infinite. In addition to the environmental advantages of crate rental, there are also significant economic advantages. Using Rentacrates can actually save up to 40 percent off the cost of your move with fewer units, less labor and fewer truckloads needed. Our sustainable products and services can also help organizations earn points on LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ registered projects, as well as tax incentives and rebates.
* According to recent study commissioned by the Reusable Pallet & Container Coalition.