When we look back on the past twelve months, it becomes clear that there has hardly ever been a comparable year. During these times, we have focused on our values and managed to support our customers even in unexpected situations. But we also look back on a year in which flexibility was often required: while this year has brought us new challenges, it has also encouraged our creativity in many ways.
We would like to thank you for the good and close cooperation in this special year.We wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy 2021.
Despite all the unusual circumstances, 2020 also brought a lot of highlights! Here’s a selection of many good things that happened in the Boxon World this year.
Good times for sustainability: In 2020 Boxon GmbH was once again awarded Ecovadis Gold for it’s CSR performance.
The Ecovadis methodology focuses on 21 sustainability criteria that are grouped into four themes: Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement. These criteria are based on international sustainability standards such as the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards, the ISO 26000 standard, etc.
Sustainable products, climate-neutral solutions and services have long been part of our offer and in 2020 we have enlarged our activities in theses areas even more. With Boxon Group being member of the UN Global Compact and our group wide CSR statement, we have made Corporate Social Responsibility an integral part of our work. We are happy to work closely with our co-workers and customers to develop even more innovative solutions in all of the mentioned areas.
Ecovadis provides a platform for reliable CSR assessments that takes into account the sector, size and geographic location of each company. It offers business partners a transparent exchange in the area of CSR. In 2020, Boxon GmbH receives Ecovadis Gold for the third year in a row.
If you read our blog or our news from time to time, you have certainly already noticed that Boxon is very progressive when it comes to sustainability in packaging. But every offer also requires a demand and we know that many of our customers consider the ecological footprint of their packaging to be very important. So we continue developing new sustainable packaging solutions constantly – which is, by the way, even a goal that we set ourselves in the context of our CSR statement and 2025 vision.
We all know that you can achieve goals even better as team and we are very happy when we can involve our customers in our projects. This is especially the case for our CO2 compensation project, where our customers even broke the records in the first two quarters of 2020!
560 tons of CO2 compensated by Boxon customers in Q1 and Q2
With the purchase of almost 70,000 climate-neutral big bags, a total of 560 tons of CO2 were offset – more than in the whole last year. Whenever a customer chooses to add our CO2 compensation option to an order, a part of the purchase price goes to a climate protection project in Tanzania. In the first half of the year, almost 8,000 € was raised in this way for climate protection.
We are very happy that so many of our customers support this project and we are looking forward to more participants!
We are happy to announce that Boxon wins the PackTheFuture Award 2020 for the rPET Big Bag! The award is based on an initiative by ELIPSO, French association for plastic packaging and IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V.
Out of a total of 58 submissions, Boxon’s rPET Big Bag, which is made from used PET bottles collected in Indonesia, receives the award the category “social benefit”. The award is based on an initiative by ELIPSO, French association for plastic packaging and IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V. The aim of the competition is to focus on the innovative potential of plastic packaging across Europe.
IK and Elipso have announced the winners this week in a press release. All winning submissions are presented in the “Innovation Book” which is available on the official award’s website. The award ceremony will take place on November 24th, 2020 at the packaging fair ALL4PACK in Paris. The original date 12.5.2020 as part of the Interpack in Düsseldorf had to be postponed due to the Corona crisis.
It is an important recognition that shows that the packaging sector, which has a very specific responsibility towards environment, can create new sustainable packaging solutions and perspectives for a better future through innovation and commitment. For this reason, Boxon promotes the sustainability dialogue within and beyond the packaging industry – be it with customers, suppliers or own employees.
The R-PET system: How a used plastic bottle becomes a Big Bag
The award-winning product is a big bag made entirely from recycled PETbottles. The PET bottles used for this purpose are collected in Indonesia in public buildings such as schools or organizations before they are delivered to the recycling plant. Since the used bottles are collected directly after use, they are of good quality. The re-use for big bag production prevents marine pollution as the bottles do not end up as litter in the oceans.
In these times, which have created unexpected, new situations for all of us, we feel every day how important it is to take care of each other and the world around us. As an international packaging company, Boxon has to take it’s responsibility. Responsibility towards it’s employees and customers, but also in the context of international production and the impact on the environment.
In January, Boxon Group joined the United Nations Global Compact. We are committed to the 10 principles and to being transparent with our stakeholders. We therefore publish a Sustainability Report on an annual basis, where we inform about our activities in the areas of human rights, labor and social conditions, environment and anti-corruption.
In our latest report, which has been published recently, we look back on the year 2019: find out more about our commitments, our past year’s activities and results, and what goals we have set for 2020. In addition to interesting figures and facts, we also present you our CSR statement, which summarizes Boxon’s positioning and objectives in the area of corporate responsibility.
In 2019, 35 committed Boxon customers compensated for a total of 395 tons of CO2 by ordering 36.760 climate neutral Big Bags from Boxon. A great result, that we aim to even surpass in 2020. In the context of the carbon offsetting programm, we support a climate protection project in Tanzania, where tons of CO2 are reduced every year by replacing harmful kerosene by affordable solar energy panels. With the contribution of our customers, we help to maintain the project.
The climate protection programme implements high-tech solar home systems including a GSM modem that deliver a clean, affordable alternative to fossil fuels for low-income households and small enterprises in Tanzania. The technology reduces carbon emissions effectively, owing to an innovative monitoring approach.
2.5 billion people worldwide live without a reliable electricity source to fill their daily energy needs. They use inefficient and costly fuel-based lighting sources such as kerosene lamps, which greatly curtail their activities once darkness sets in. Kerosene gives little light, is expensive and can cause burn injuries as well as respiratory and eye diseases – especially children are at risk.
Mobisol, the programme developer, combines solar energy with innovative mobile technology and microfinance to provide high-tech solar home systems (SHS) to remote households across Africa.
The larger solar home systems can power small businesses enabling entrepreneurial customers to create additional income. It also illuminates schools like Arusha Secondary School. The SHSs include a solar panel, battery, lights, as well as a cell phone charger. The systems are currently available in four different sizes meeting the needs of low income households as well as of small enterprises. The smallest unit can light two rooms and charge four mobile phones per day. The largest system powers multiple lights, consumer appliances such as laptops, televisions or solar powered refrigerators and charges up to ten mobile phones simultaneously.
Jobs & education
Thanks to this modern information and communications technology (ICT) solution, this PoA will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the displacement of fossil fuel use, such as in fuel-based lighting systems and/or stand-alone power generators. By substituting kerosene lamps with strong solar powered LED lights and reliable energy, environmental but also social and economic benefits can be achieved. Taking advantage of longer light hours achieved by the electrification of their houses, beneficiaries can greatly increase their productivity through working in the evening.
Impacts and benefits achieved so far
• 9981 t CO2 reduced per year
• More than 200 000 people benefit from better air
• 350 created jobs
• 42600 Solarsystems distributed since project start
• More than 700 people trained on solar installation
• Creation of 24 market hubs and information centres in Tanzania
Be part of the project
By purchasing climate neutral Big Bags from Boxon you can optimize your supply chain’s carbon footprint significantly and in the meantime, help supporting our climate protection project in Tanzania. Every customer taking part in the project will get an official certificate from the independant climate protection organsation MyClimate with the amount of compensated CO2 and their company name on it. Just ask us about it, we will be happy to help you!
Interpack, 7 to 13 May 2020 in Düsseldorf, Germany
Can you imagine that it has been 3 years since last Interpack? A lot has changed since then, and we are looking forward to showing you all of our new offers and services this May in Düsseldorf!
Here are some facts about Interpack
Interpack trade fair is part of Interpack Alliance and takes place every three years in Düsseldorf, Germany. Having opened its doors to the public for the first time 1958, it has become one of the biggest tradefairs specialized in packaging and processing in Europe. Visitors and exhibitors from around the world come to Düsseldorf for the latest packaging trends and specialized concepts for their sectors, such as
Food & Beverages
Consumer goods (non-food)
Logistics & transportation
In 2017, 2866 exhibitors from 55 countries presented their packaging innovations on Interpack. In total, 170.899 people from 169 countriesvisited the trade fair.
Will you be there? As you know, at Boxon it is all about adding value to your packaging. What if we could go further and optimize your packaging concept even more? At Interpack you will get the opportunity to get the whole picture: From packaging solutions, to labels, smart services, customized solutions for the automotive sector and new sustainable products. We will be happy to meet you there!
Boxon converts PET bottles from Indonesia into new big bags. In this way, we help to reduce local plastic waste and to prevent marine pollution. After use, the Recycling PET Big Bag can be recycled again.
In times of climate change and polluted oceans, it is clear that we have to react. At Boxon, we permanently work on creating the world’s most intelligent and sustainable packaging solutions – that includes products with regard to environmental aspects. Today Boxon offers different solutions with an improved environmental footprint. And with Big Bags made from recycled PET bottles from Indonesia we now take the next step.
The used PET bottles are collected from landfill sites and by individuals, who deliver it to one of the several collection points in Indonesia. At least 10% of the materials are marine litter, originating from beaches and coastal areas. 25 bottles are needed to produce 1 kg of woven recycling PET. This means, that 50 PET bottles are used for the production of an average 2 kg- Big Bag.
Same quality standards, improved environmental footprint
In terms of quality, no compromises have to be made. The same high quality standards are set for the R-PET Big Bags as for the FIBC made of polypropylene. Boxon customers benefit from flexible customization options and a big bag that is optimally adapted to their goods.
While there are no concerns in terms of quality, the positive benefits for the environment are numerous:
• Prevention of marine pollution • Effective re-usage of PET bottles • Less ressource input • Up to 25 % less CO2 emissions
All steps from sorting and cleaning the bottles to processing and the production of Big Bags take place in the same facility, which means short ways and no re-transport or re-packaging. PET can be recycled and reprocessed multiple times without loss of properties. This makes it a very circular plastic if discarded correctly.
Boxon customers can check with us how the R-PET Big Bags can be integrated into their supply chain. It has never been so easy to improve a packaging’s environmental footprint!
2019, the new packaging act has set a new framework for the disposal of
packaging in Germany. In order to make it easy for packaging users, Boxon and has
launched a pilot project with the German RIGK GmbH: a company founded by the
industry for the industry, commerce and agriculture, for the proper and
environmentally friendly disposal and recovery of plastic products.
the pilot project, Boxon’s customers and their end customers can easily dispose
their used Big Bags at one of the many RIGK collection points. Boxon customers benefit
from the RIGK services without any own administrative burdens. To use the
services, they don’t have to sign an own contract with RIGK, but can simply benefit
from Boxon’s license. The license number and sign is printed on to the Big Bags
so they can be identified by RIGK upon return.
With this new service, Boxon makes it easy for its customers to access the
recycling system. The only requirement is that the bags were purchased from
Boxon and that the customer has previously added the service to the order.
Customers improve their environmental footprint
After the return, the big bags go directly into the recycling process: they are shredded and cleaned and processed into re-granulates, which are used to produce new plastic products. In this way, Boxon customers can ensure their used packaging is sensibly reused and improve the environmental performance of their company.
The service is currently available for Big Bag disposal in Germany. That means, that also companies delivering to Germany can use the service, if the Big Bag disposal takes place in Germany.