by Lisa Geason-Bauer

Many U.S. based corporations along with their global counterparts over the last five to seven years have put programs in place to reduce waste and increase re-use of materials while striving to meet rigorous zero waste business goals. Corporations with global supply chain footprints are constantly seeking opportunities to better integrate their operations across facilities, distribution centers and geographical regions. Box Latch™ Products offer an innovative low technology solution to address contemporary sustainability issues associated with waste management, supply chain sustainability, and lean manufacturing and employee health/safety. Each of these can generate production and operational cost savings.

Box Latch™ Products are a Re-Usable alternative to tape, staples and bands that have traditionally been used to close cardboard boxes.

Boxes closed by a variety of Box Latch Products

FACT: “90% of corrugated boxes are used just once and then recycled or go to a land fill.”
Since only 10% of corrugated boxes are used more then once. This means that there are a lot of opportunities for the patented Box Latch™ Products to ‘disrupt’ the marketplace and provide corporations, people with expanded opportunities to re-use their boxes! Re-using materials is one of the easiest ways to reduce your organizations footprint and save your team money!

 

 

 

Looking to the future…..what type of role will your business play in shaping our future?

In 2015, countries around the world adopted the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Last year the Paris Agreement on climate change went into effect. Businesses, government and individuals from around the world are now being asked to take steps to address the rise of global temperatures.

One small step that we can each take to help meet SDG # 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production is to “do more and better with less.” Remembering back to grade school, we all learned about the power of the 3 R’s (i.e. first we should focus on reduction, than figure out ways to re-use items and lastly recycle/repurpose the item at the end of their natural life.) With the increased awareness and focus on zero waste management and material re-use the time has come for us to implement a culture of re-use within our organizations.

 

Working together we can all help Box Latch™ Products to meet their big hairy audacious goal.

 

Example of Box Latch™ Products in use at VF Corporations Distribution Center in Belgium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy_cp9U2ZWU

Box Latch™ Products : www.boxlatch.com

UN Sustainable Development Goals: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

Zero Waste Membership: https://uszwbc.org/certification/professionals/

National Standards Certification Board: http://nrcrecycles.org/national-standards-certification-board-nscb-overview/

Re- Use Institute: http://www.reuseinstitute.org/

About the Author: Lisa Geason-Bauer is Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer at Box Latch Products.  Lisa is responsible for managing Box Latch™ Products communications with stakeholders, media and the public. She is the corporate officer primarily responsible for the management and coordination of Eco-Latch Systems, llc’s socially inclusive sustainable business initiatives and adoption of low-carbon business practices. Lisa is Box Latch™ Products in-house environmental and corporate social responsibility storyteller: tasked with sharing the Box Latch™ Products “power of re-use” story with the world. As such she is also responsible for global marketing and messaging tied to growing the Box Latch™ Product brand in the international marketplace, with special emphasis on the European Union.