A Finnish-based startup called RePack is providing packaging-as-a-service to online retailers and web stores of known brands wishing to reduce their environmental footprint.
This innovative reusable system works when customers place their orders online, they can opt for RePack’s alternative reuse packaging. Their order is then delivered to them in a RePack shipper with a prepaid return label. Customers then drop the empty packaging in a mailbox to be sent back, cleaned, and reused.
The mailers are made from tough woven polypropylene, designed to have a lower carbon footprint than single-use mailers. The impact shrinks further each time the bag goes through the system. When the packages can’t be used any longer, the company upcycles them into other reusable products.
In Europe, RePack has already run a number of pilots with large brands like H&M and now works with 125 companies, with hundreds of thousands of its reusable packages in circulation.