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Packaging Footprinting

Anthesis’ bespoke engagement platform provider, Anthesis Compliance Suite, helps to automate and streamline supplier engagement within your packaging supply chain.

Packaging footprint calculations form the evidence base for a packaging strategy and create a baseline to allow an organisation to track progress against packaging targets.

We support companies to calculate their footprint by:

  • Data analysis – We analyse the data from organisations’ internal reports (e.g., sales, PLM, SAP, BOM) and review against a range of metrics, for example, weight, recycled content, and recyclability to establish your current packaging baseline.
  • Supplier engagement – We support clients to gather the data required from suppliers to feed into packaging footprint calculations. Anthesis’ bespoke engagement platform provider, Anthesis Compliance Suite, helps to automate and streamline supplier engagement within the your packaging supply chain.
  • Mismanagement modelling – Anthesis is equipped to model the scale and cost of leakage and mismanagement of packaging on the natural environment.

This data can be used to report to retailers and NGOs and against internal packaging targets.


The benefits of undertaking a packaging footprint analysis

Identifying opportunities to use fewer
  • raw materials
  • less water, less energy
Improving packaging to be
  • lightweight
  • use less space
  • lower shipping costs
Highlighting opportunities to
  • extend product life
  • reduce waste to landfill

How is packaging’s carbon footprint calculated?

  • Production: raw materials are included  and the packaging’s design, creation and transformation processes.
  • Transport of the raw materials to the factory, from the factory to the storage facility and from there to the shop or the end consumer.
  • Useful life: we distinguish between reusable containers and packaging materials that can be recycled and used to manufacture new packaging.
  • Recycling or management of waste derived from packaging.


Packaging Footprints

The packaging industry has made significant inroads in reducing its carbon footprint , but must continue to work collaboratively to drive innovation in design, materials, production processes and disposal. Packaging systems must be designed with care, using the least amount of materials/energy, maximising recycled content, and increasing the potential for reuse. Understanding the full life-cycle of these systems is critical for optimising their environmental performance.

The weight of packaging, the non-recyclable content of materials and the energy taken to produce packaging all factor into this analysis.

  • Materials – the choice of materials used to produce packaging is evolving and the considerations for materials are increasingly influenced by the cost, environmental impact and the ability to be recycled. By changing the balance of materials used, less raw, virgin materials can be included.
  • Manufacture – the manufacture of packaging is energy intensive and as a result contributes to the carbon footprint. But this is an area where negative environmental impact can be reduced.

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