A recent analysis shows that collapsible plastic IBCs outperform their competitors with up to 61% less greenhouse gases, 23% less water use and 17% less fossil fuel consumption.
AARTSELAAR, Belgium, May 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ --Tosca, a global leader in reusable plastic packaging and pooling solutions, has launched a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool to help companies that transport bulk liquids to reduce their environmental footprint by selecting the most sustainable type of bulk liquid container (IBC). The LCA tool uses the Compass platform developed by Trayak and endorsed by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Provides comprehensive data on the impact of switching to Tosca folding IBCs from existing solutions.
“We are delighted to introduce this new tool for companies that transport bulk liquids. It will allow them to make informed decisions about the environmental impact of their chosen packaging,” said Karin Witton, Global Head of Sustainability at Tosca. "Using LCA data, companies can continually look for ways to further reduce their environmental footprint at each stage of the life cycle."
The data provided by the tool illustrates how Tosca's reusable and collapsible IBCs outperform competitive containers in the market, in terms of their environmental impact over short, medium and long distances. Containers included in the analysis include Schütz containers, stainless steel containers, steel drums, and nestable plastic drums.
Indicators that are part of the analysis include the use of fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption. Comparing Tosca's solution with other options, the analysis concludes that it has a lower environmental impact in most cases. This advantage is especially accentuated during longer round trips, where Tosca Collapsible Bulk Containers (IBCs) outperform rigid IBCs. This is because a standard truck can carry up to 182 empty collapsible IBCs, which is more than three trucks that would be required to transport rigid bulk containers of similar capacity.
When comparing collapsible plastic Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) with stainless steel containers for longer distances, up to 61% less greenhouse gases can be generated.
Furthermore, compared to Schütz containers, collapsible plastic IBCs consume on average 23% less water over all distances.
Finally, compared to plastic drums, the use of collapsible plastic IBCs means at least 17% less fossil fuel consumption. These results demonstrate the significant environmental benefits of using collapsible plastic IBCs over other container options.
Dan Lee, President EMEA at Tosca comments: “We are proud to offer bulk liquid solutions that not only have a lower environmental footprint, but also provide superior performance and durability. Our LCA tool demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and our efforts to continually reduce the environmental impact of our products and solutions, while enabling supply chains to be more efficient and perform better."
Tosca's reusable packaging solutions, including collapsible IBCs, are part of a pooling model that allows customers to share the use of containers, reducing waste and environmental impact without significant upfront investment. The pooling system also ensures that high quality reusable assets, once washed and inspected, are in the right place at the right time. The company's commitment to sustainability also focuses on reducing food waste and increasing supply chain efficiency.
For more information on Tosca's reusable packaging and pool solutions, as well as their new LCA tool, please visit their website at
Marcella Vallonchini Mvallonchini@toscaltd.com
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