It's important to us that you know about the environmental impacts of Kamupak.
With Kamupak you have the opportunity to reduce waste and emissions caused by single-use packaging.
What are the sources of Kamupak's environmental impacts?
As our operations expand, we estimate that the operations of our reusable loop will result in around 2.5 g CO2 eq emissions per use. The main environmental impacts of a Kamupak box are caused by the manufacture,
material, transportation and washing.
Kamupak box is made out of polypropylene. It is a plastic sort, which lasts in reuse. Manufacturing of the raw material produces the biggest environmental impact of the life cycle. We are looking into replacing the material with another one from a renewable source. However this is not yet possible as the materials on the market doesn't comply with technological requirements.
When it comes to transportation for grocery store loops we estimate that one van is able to transport approximately 10,000–15,000 boxes per day. If van runs on electricity or biogas, the emissions caused by transportation are smaller as compared to our current LCA calculations . Transportation is regarded as marginal impact in restaurant settings.
Washing Kamupak boxes requires energy and water as well as some washing agents. The use of renewable energy reduces washing emissions. Water consumption depends on how dirty the boxes are when they are returned to us for washing. The average annual water consumption of a centralized washing facility are estimated to be around 938 m3/year, which remains to be tested. In addition to this we estimate that the heating of water can mostly be arranged out of the waste heat generated from the operations!
Distribution of Kamupak emissions between different functions
Why to replace disposables with a reusable Kamupak?
We monitor the usage volumes and hygiene of Kamupak boxes as sustainability and safety are important to us. One box can be used on an average around one hundred times.
When a box has reached the end of its life cycle we return it to the manufacturer. Recycling 100% of the material saves a significant amount of new raw material. Due to this reuse the material impacts of Kamupak can be greatly reduced at the end-of-lifecycle
Kamupak box is the most ecological option compared to a traditional cardboard box when it is used around six times.
The Kamupak box reduces CO2 emissions by around 72-95% compared to a typical disposable box depending on the material useage of the single-use package. Compared to a box made of virgin materials made disposable PET plastic, the emission savings could reach up to 98%.
The life cycle assessment of a Kamupak box compared to disposables
We searched for the closest cardboard packaging that matched our box and checked their environmental impact. We also considered the contribution of a plastic lid often used in cardboard boxes.
Environmental impacts per use between different packaging
Kamupak box is not only the most environmental-friendly alternative compared to disposable but its use also concretely reduces waste generation and logistics needs for waste transports. Approximately 6-8 kg of packaging waste generation is avoided during the life cycle of a Kamupak box!
Kamupak box life cycle calculations are based on written sources and research. We will update the information as our operations expand and more detailed information is available. If you want more information about Kamupak's current life cycle calculations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .