Blum Sustainability Report 2022

34 PE-HD 02 Eliminating packaging The ideal compromise bet ween conser ving resources while still protecting products can be broken down to the simple principle of “as lit tle as possible, as much as necessar y ”. Reusing packaging The key to sustainable packaging is not only the material itself, but also how it is used. In order to keep the amount of waste as low as possible, we mostly rely on reusable transpor t packaging ( so-called ECO -packs ) for internal transpor t, wherever viable. We can also use this system for customers within Europe with a cer tain minimum purchase quantit y. Recycling & sustainable materials In the pulp and paper industr y ( corrugated board, cardboard, paper) , a recycled material content of 75 to 80 % is already standard. With the exclusive use of FSC -cer tified products, we are taking this one step fur ther. Some flexible plastic packaging already contains recycled content, and a lot of tests are still under way, including for materials such as stretch film or products used to seal boxes. All new systems are already set up for use with recycled film. Informing customers Good packaging management does not end when the product leaves our plant. To simplif y the disposal process for our customers, all our plastic packaging is marked with the standardised recycling codes. This facilitates the recycling process and maintains the qualit y of recycled products. There is currently no labelling for pulp packaging materials. Life cycle analyses It is of ten quite trick y to determine whether packaging is really sustainable or not. This is where life cycle analyses come into play. In order to get a comprehensive view, the entire product life cycle and all environmentally relevant processes are recorded and evaluated. We are currently using life cycle analyses on a sample selection of our products. In the future, how - ever, we want to use them across the board as a decision-making tool when making packaging decisions. Our transpor t goal is to increase our propor tion of rail transpor t to 50 % by 2025. However, this can only realisti- cally be achieved if economic conditions return to pre -pandemic levels. Rail transpor t is currently 37 % of our transpor t mix, with the Austrian share being 25 % . Our second goal depends on the success of the first : if we are able to increase our rail transpor t as planned, then we should be able to reduce our CO2 emissions per tonne of shipped goods to below 0.1 tonnes of CO2. We have already reduced this value from 0.110 to 0.103 in the 2021/22 business year. When it comes to our packaging, product protection and functionalit y are paramount . As par t of the company ’s environmental and energy policy, we have defined five specific sustainabilit y goals for this area : Management approaches Example recycling code Example label for packaging from FSC sources Transpor t and packaging Test runs & full-production runs on selected systems First systems switched over to using exclusively recycled film 50 % of flexible packaging switched to recycled film All flexible packaging switched to recycled film 2021 2030 2025