Closing the loop
This is the story of a project born in Sabox, a small manufacturer of cardboard boxes that developed sustainable products, founded a network of companies to give effectiveness to the proximity recycling principle and offer, even to big players, packaging solutions sourced from their own waste-paper thus creating sustainable value for any stakeholder involved.
Sabox is a company specializing in design and manufacture of corrugated cardboard packaging. Main offices and plant are 30 kms southwards of Naples, Italy. In 2008 Sabox mainstreamed sustainability and social responsability into the core of its operating business adopting the “GreenProject”, a sustainability program aiming to reduce products’ and manufacturing’s environmental impact and CO2 emissions: first in Italy, Sabox achieved the Carbon Trust Standard in 2011. Refocusing R&D efforts into finding greener solutions, an entire range of ecopackaging, greenboxX®,was developed: it ismade of recycled papers sourced from the local differentiated waste collection and processed by very close manufacturing plants. greenboxX® features high physical and mechanical performances, is lighter and easier to shipping, has a lower impact to the environment being manufactured using water-based inks, and plasticizers-free glues. Having carried out a product’s life cycle assessment (LCA) Sabox is able to know specific data about the carbon footprint related toits packaging lifecycle. Bearing an EPD® Sabox communicates certified data for its product’s carbon footprint along with its commitment to reduce it: in this way clients can provide detailed figures about the packaging environmental impact thus integrating customer’s sustainability plans and positively differentiating from competitors. Further, any paper reduction or weight lightening can be easily translated in CO2 equivalent figures.