UK-based packaging company DS Smith has introduced a plastic-free industrial packaging solution for a gas boiler product from Bosch Home Comfort.

Bosch’s previous packaging solution required expanded polystyrene (EPS) elements, but the new completely recyclable monomaterial packaging solution made from corrugated cardboard removes any trace of plastic.

This results in eliminating 100,000 plastic components and saving an estimated 310 tons (t) of carbon dioxide (CO₂) a year, claimed Smith.  

The design team at Smith employed the company’s proprietary ‘Circular Design Metrics’ alongside its ‘Value Tool’ to showcase the lifecycle benefits of the packaging.  

This approach utilises eight metrics to assess and quantify the sustainability and recyclability of packaging solutions.  

In the case of Bosch, improvements were noted in five categories while two remained unchanged from the previous packaging format.

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The fibres in the aforementioned corrugated board can be recycled more than twenty times, ensuring they stay within the recycling loop for an extended period. 

Jingjing Huang, of Bosch’s Purchasing Engineering Combustion Systems, said: “We are delighted about the positive impact of this packaging optimisation by the DS Smith team and the value it brings to our businesses, but also to the environment with an improvement of more than 75% decreased CO₂ impact which equals a reduction of 310t of CO₂ every year. 

“More than 2,350 fewer pallets have to be taken out each year, and this new approach significantly reduces the volume of trucks used for delivery logistics by almost 60%, resulting in more than 60 trucks being taken off the road each year.”  

In December last year, Smith concluded the installation of new steam recycling technology at its corrugated packaging facility in Columbia, South Carolina, US.