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UPS joins a group of companies that are combating excessive production of waste. To limit the use of disposable shipping containers, the parcel delivery giant will be testing reusable packaging called Loop this year.

UPS customers in Paris and New York will receive their orders in specially designed, durable packaging. As a result, the number of disposable containers will be significantly reduced, which will contribute to reducing unnecessary waste. Once an order has been delivered to the recipient’s door, Loop packaging will be collected, cleaned and reused for loading and shipping.

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The pilot project will help to gather consumer feedback on the new shipping containers. This is the first step for UPS to introduce this type of packaging to other markets. Loop was created in cooperation between UPS and the international recycling company TerraCycle.

“Loop packaging will not only eliminate packaging waste, but will also significantly improve the user-friendliness and convenience of shopping,” says Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle.

As the manufacturer assures, the packaging is durable and also recyclable thanks to the materials from which it is made. Loop packaging is made of metal alloys, glass and plastics. The outer transport container is manufactured in the same way, which also allows for the elimination of disposable boxes.

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