RE-ZIP makes a difference

There are many good examples of how packaging can be produced so it pollutes less, but like with straws and all sorts of other utensils, disposable products are just not the right solution. The environment is unnecessarily burdened every time new packaging is produced. The RE-ZIP packaging is produced with care for both the environment, people and animals, and every time they are reused, the environment is spared from single use packaging.

RE-ZIP originates from a concept that we in Denmark have been familiar with since 1942, which is the predecessor to the current deposit system for bottles. RE-ZIP’s circular packaging can similarly be reused several times, with customers returning them, by simply throwing it through the letter slot in one of the many red mailboxes around Denmark or at the post office.

87 % reduced CO2

89 % reduced water footprint

93 % reduced wood consumption

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Reuse before recycle

We are accustomed to sorting single use packaging into the cardboard container – but even the most responsibly produced recycled packaging has barely any CO2-reducing effect compared to the production of new packaging, as the process for recycling is very energy-heavy.

That is why RE-ZIP offers circular packaging which is reused several times before it is recycled. By reusing our packaging, your web store can save on packaging costs, increase customer retention, and provide your customers with a sustainable alternative to single-use packaging with a monetary incentive to return, reducing CO2-emissions by up to 87% compared to single-use packaging.

though the material is recycled, a portion of the material is wasted. Furthermore, it takes large amounts of oil and electricity to collect, process, and transport waste between the various plants which refine the material and produce new packaging.

For this reason, it is better to reuse packaging again and again before it is recycled. This is why RE-ZIP operates under the principle reuse before recycle.

Our circular vision

RE-ZIP’s vision is to stop the use of single-use packaging in online shopping. When we work together to reuse our packaging, we emit significantly less CO2. The more times we recycle the packaging, the greater the benefit to the environment. The RE-ZIP packaging is made from cardboard just like most single-use packaging, and is therefore no more of an environmental burden to produce than a normal cardboard box. This means that when a RE-ZIP is reused the first time, the planet already benefits. Compared to disposable packaging produced in recycled cardboard, the RE-ZIP bags reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 84% if they are used 10 times.

RE-ZIP efforts for the UN’s SDG goals

RE-ZIP wants to do its part in achieving the UN’s SDG goals. Of the 17 goals set by the UN, RE-ZIP contributes to 2 of them. For a detailed insight, please see the text below.

Goal 9: Industries, innovation and infrastructure

RE-ZIP has developed its own infrastructure and software that upholds it, which is simple and economically accessible, so that small, as well as large companies, have the opportunity to offer their customers a sustainable and circular shipment.Also,

RE-ZIP entered into a partnership with PostNord in November 2019, which means that the RE-ZIP packaging is now available in approx. 200 selected post offices. Thus, circular shipping is not reserved for webshops but is made available to private consumers, who want to make a difference for the environment.

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

From the beginning, RE-ZIP’s primary purpose has been to create an alternative to disposable packaging and contribute to sustainable e-commerce, without being waste is either not recycled or must go through a CO2-heavy process before it can be used again.

With just 10 circulations, CO2 emissions are reduced by 88 % compared to disposable packaging, which is why recyclability is the basic idea behind RE-ZIP. The vast majority of RE-ZIPs ends up being used over 30 times before finally returning to the RE-ZIP warehouse, where they are used in various upcycling projects.