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When plastic is more sustainable than Wood

Emmi produces large-holed cheese in Landquart. For transport to Kirchberg, where the cheeses are packaged, the wheels used to be attached to pallets with large wooden frames. Each lorry transported over 72 of these frames, which together weighed over 1 tonne. These then had to be taken back to Landquart for maintenance. This would take place 140 times a year, until in 2014 the packaging system was rethought and replaced by use of an appropriate film. In addition to the low investment costs, this has generated savings in procurement, return transport and repairs totalling 30,000 francs a year. Avoiding the use of heavy frames leads to lower fuel consumption and reduces transport-related labour.

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