Swedish pulp and paper manufacturer BillerudKorsnäs has introduced a new tool to assess the impact of various packaging solutions on the environment.

The new life cycle assessment tool for packaging could help companies lower the climate impact of their packaging by up to 50%. It will also allow them to cut down on emission of tonnes of carbon dioxide into air.

The digital tool features a database comprising data on a range of packaging materials, including BillerudKorsnäs’ own production.

It is designed to provide the total life cycle impact for carbon dioxide emissions and water consumption. This is offered by using various parameters related to packaging including material, size, production location, transport, and disposal method.

BillerudKorsnäs business development director Johan Tegell said: “There is a knowledge gap on the market. Companies don’t realise how much they can reduce their carbon and freshwater footprint from packaging.

“It’s about optimising the packaging to the supply chain and choosing suitable raw materials. Normally just small adjustments are needed to get great environmental savings.

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“This was the reason why we introduced a life cycle assessment tool, to provide our customers with environmental insights about their packaging.

“Most customers are surprised when they see the results and realise the potential savings.”

The tool has been used by apparel company LPP along with BillerudKorsnäs. It operates more than 1,700 stores worldwide.