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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Returnable Packaging Solutions out of 393
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2 093 000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 393 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 packaging startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 388 returnable packaging solutions, get in touch.
Packoorang makes Returnable Packaging Bags
The growth of eCommerce in recent years has exponentially increased packaging waste. It makes up a major portion of municipal solid waste and often ends up in landfills. To tackle increasing packaging waste, startups are innovating with more returnable packs, bags, and more.
Norwegian startup Packoorang provides circular packaging as a service. The startup offers reusable and returnable packaging solutions made up of recycled bottles. Its solutions replace cardboard packaging and free up significant storage space in warehouses. Palloorang, one of Packoorang’s solutions, is a reusable pallet wrapper solution that offers an alternative to plastic wrappers.
BarePack offers Returnable Food Packaging
Food businesses generally use single-use plastic containers or plastic bags for packaging, increasing the carbon footprint of food orders. To achieve circular food ordering, reusable and returnable containers are a good alternative. However, proper cleaning of used food containers before re-shipping is challenging. This is why packaging startups offer returnable packaging for food businesses.
Singaporean startup BarePack provides returnable food packaging. BarePack collaborates with leading food delivery platforms in Singapore, to allow customers to opt for their silicone FlexBox or stainless steel containers. The startup also offers home pick-up service of the containers, which are then cleaned and reused for another food delivery. The startup’s solutions tackle the problem of food waste generation by offering alternatives to replace single-use food packaging materials.
Boxtron develops Returnable Industrial Packaging
Industrial packaging and shipment of electronics, food, and other products utilize mostly cardboard boxes. These cardboards are produced from tree pulp and end up in landfills after use. To reduce the need for the production of new cardboards for use in freights and warehouses, startups offer returnable alternatives. This significantly lowers the volume of end-user packaging waste.
Indian startup Boxtron manufactures returnable packages for freight and industry-scale shipments. The startup utilizes durable materials like high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP) sheets, and vacuum-formed trays to manufacture their packing containers. Boston’s packages replace single-use cardboard and decrease solid waste in the packaging industry. The startup’s solution reduces the disposal cost for end-users and also improves inventory management in warehouses.
ClubZero offers Takeaway Packaging
Restaurant chains mostly use paper or plastic cups and cutleries to provide food to customers. The increase in eateries and the amount of waste generated due to non-reusable plates are high. To transform the conventional serving process, returnable plates, cups, and containers are pivotal. Startups are innovating in this area to collaborate with cafe and restaurant chains to provide returnable containers. This method is useful and higher coverage and adaptation results in positive effects for waste management.
British startup ClubZero collaborates with restaurants and provides a chain of reusable food container packaging takeaway and return service. The startup provides CLUBZERO ID to its users and shows the cafes and restaurants linked with ClubZero in its app. Post scanning their CLUBZERO ID users are served food/ beverages in returnable containers. The used containers are returned in any Yellow Box or also picked up from home.
RE-ZIP enables Circular Packaging
eCommerce products are usually packed in non-returnable packaging which customers get rid of immediately after opening. This packaging waste mostly ends up in landfills. To reduce packaging waste, startups offer circular packaging solutions. These solutions find use as packaging multiple times before disposal. Startups are collaborating with eCommerce stores to advance circular packaging options.
Danish startup RE-ZIP provides a sustainable circular packaging solution for eCommerce. RE-ZIP’s solution links with eCommerce websites, allowing users to opt for RE-ZIP’s coded package during checkout. The users return the packaging which is then re-shipped post quality assurance. A RE-ZIP pack circles at least 30 times before disposal. Also, the startup uses paper-based eco-friendly packaging that further improves sustainability.
Discover more Packaging Startups
Packaging startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on bioplastics, recycled packaging, and other sustainable alternatives. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the packaging industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more packaging technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Packaging Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.