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Grocery Aisle: Cardboard Reduction

TRADING TRAYS

FOR SAVINGS

We removed cardboard trays from our Publix 24-pack bottled water, saving more than 13,000,000 trays—or 2,200,000 pounds of cardboard—per year. Our bottles have been reconfigured to fill a “nested” pack, giving us 16% more packs on each pallet. This means we move and store fewer pallets for the same amount of product.
 
We’re constantly looking for ways to conserve our resources and help our planet. One example is a recent change in how we ship our ice cream. When we began to use a stabler pallet for stacking product in our Lakeland, FL dairy plant, we found that we no longer needed the cardboard slip sheets we used to protect the ice cream. That saves nearly one million square feet of cardboard each year!