by Corinne Gangloff
April 15, 2022
Cleveland OH, April 13, 2022 – Earlier this year, Kroger announced the launch of an assortment of reusable products in select US stores via its partnership with circular packaging firm Loop. Spanning Kroger’s private label brands as well as other major food and household brands, the move marks an important expansion in the grocery retailer’s larger sustainability efforts:
In 2021, Loop announced its global subscriber network had grown from about a dozen participating companies worldwide in 2020 to 150 in 2022. In addition to Kroger, both independent brands and other major packaging end users including Nestle are expanding their reusable packaging options for their part in the program.
Reusable Packaging Is a Growing Focus (& Challenge) of Corporate Sustainability Efforts
While reuse systems are well established for packaging products such as pallets and drums that are typically handled by nonconsumer end users, reusable packaging is of increasing interest in consumer markets, as well, due to the potential sustainability benefits:
Though currently most utilized in food and beverage applications, reusable packaging is also seeing increased use in personal care and household items, as well as in e-commerce. For instance, in 2021, major shipping concerns including FedEx Express, InPost, and MODIVO introduced reusable e-commerce packaging solutions across multiple European markets that could translate to the US market.
However, further investment in circular infrastructure will be necessary to expanding adoption of reusable packaging.
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