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Friday, 06 July 2018 12:26

CARBON FOOTPRINT. Wooden containers absorb CO2

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FEDEMCO2-data demonstrates how using wooden horticultural containers can offset emissions

There is no doubt that using wooden containers for the packaging of fruits and vegetables is the most natural option, but wood has yet another great environmental advantage over its competitors: wooden packaging absorbs CO2.

During their growth, trees absorb carbon dioxide which then stay in the wood. Approximately one cubic meter of wood retains almost one tonne of CO2. Thus, by using wooden containers, we contribute to offsetting these emissions.

According to the carbon footprint calculator ‘FEDEMCO2-data’, by supplying ten pallets containing 50x30 cm platter boxes, like those used to package peaches and other stone fruit, to a manufacturer located 50 km away, we can offset one tonne of the CO2 emitted during the subsequent steps of the fruit and vegetable chain.

And the CO2 emissions produced by a 500-kilometre trip made by a sales rep can be offset with a single pitufo® brand container pallet, such as those used for strawberries or cherries.

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