Tosca Tool Reduces Footprint in Bulk Liquid Transport

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KnowESG_Tosca’s reusable and foldable Hybrid Liquid IBC
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Tosca, a renowned global leader in reusable packaging and performance pooling solutions, has unveiled a groundbreaking life cycle analysis (LCA) tool aimed at aiding companies in the transportation of bulk liquids.

This innovative tool enables businesses to reduce their environmental footprint by selecting the most sustainable type of liquid Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC).

Developed in collaboration with Trayak's Compass platform and endorsed by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the LCA tool provides comprehensive data on the cradle-to-grave impact of adopting Tosca's foldable IBCs as an alternative to existing solutions.

Karin Witton, Global Director of Sustainability at Tosca, expressed her enthusiasm about the introduction of this new tool and its potential impact on the environmental decision-making process of companies involved in bulk liquid transportation. Witton emphasised the tool's capability to equip businesses with LCA data, enabling them to continually explore avenues for further reducing their environmental footprint across all stages of the life cycle.

The LCA data generated by the tool demonstrates the superior environmental performance of Tosca's reusable, foldable IBCs compared to other load carriers available in the market, irrespective of the distance travelled. The analysis encompasses various containers, including Schütz containers, stainless steel containers, steel drums, and nestable plastic drums. Key indicators such as fossil fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions, and water consumption form part of the analysis.

In most cases, Tosca's solution exhibits a smaller environmental impact when compared to alternative options. Notably, the advantage becomes particularly pronounced during longer return trips, where Tosca's foldable IBCs outshine rigid IBCs. The analysis highlights the capacity of a single standard truck to accommodate up to 182 empty foldable IBCs, replacing the need for over three trucks required to transport rigid bulk containers with similar capacity.

In terms of greenhouse gas savings, comparing foldable plastic IBCs to stainless steel containers over longer distances reveals potential savings of up to 61%. Furthermore, foldable plastic IBCs utilise an average of 23% less water across all distances when compared to Schütz containers. Additionally, adopting foldable plastic IBCs results in a minimum of 17% less fossil fuel usage in comparison to plastic drums. These findings underscore the substantial environmental benefits of utilising foldable plastic IBCs over other container options.

Dan Lee, Tosca's EMEA President, expressed pride in providing bulk liquid solutions that not only contribute to a reduced environmental footprint but also deliver superior performance and durability. Lee emphasised the company's commitment to sustainability and continuous efforts to improve the environmental impact of their products and solutions while driving efficient and high-performing supply chains.

Tosca's reusable packaging solutions, including the foldable IBCs, are part of a pooling model that encourages customers to share the use of containers, thus minimising waste and environmental impact without significant upfront capital investment. Pooling also ensures the availability of high-quality, washed, and inspected reusable assets at the right place and time. Tosca's dedication to sustainability extends beyond packaging solutions to include initiatives targeting food waste reduction and enhanced supply chain efficiency.

For more information on Tosca's reusable packaging, performance pooling solutions, and the newly launched LCA tool, visit their website.

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