Importance of environmentally friendly supply chains

Sustainability is an important and comprehensive topic in the logistics industry. From the use of environmentally friendly materials to economical transport routes to the control of suppliers. It quickly becomes clear that a holistic concept to protect the environment must be well planned.

How long do which materials need to decompose?


Paper is biodegradable. Coating materials of many paper packaging such as paints, plastics, and adhesives are problematic and are poorly decomposed, whereby the degradation is extended accordingly. Paper bags need about six weeks for this.


Metals are not organic and therefore cannot rot. Aluminum is often found in packaging and it takes between 80 and 200 years to break down. However, the recycling properties are very good: aluminum can be recycled with almost no loss of quality.


Most plastics are not biodegradable. In case of doubt, plastic films that are not properly disposed of will exist for the next 20 to 100 years. With thicker foils, it can even take up to 500 years.

Environmentally friendly packaging solutions

With the development of innovative packaging alternatives, it is now much easier to protect the environment and trivia questions regarding this matter can be answered. Better results can be achieved with the use of recyclable materials: Garbage bags that are 100% recyclable. Due to the way it is manufactured with carbon and hydrogen, the PE material is completely neutral to groundwater and does not release any harmful gases or substances.

Bio-plastic bags made from corn starch and synthetic polymers are completely biodegradable and, thanks to their water resistance and odorlessness, are suitable for collecting compostable waste. Paper bags are particularly suitable for heavy, angular waste. These sacks rot without leaving any residue and are made from robust, 100% recyclable sack craft paper.

Principles for active environmental protection

  1. Eliminate all unnecessary plastic products.
  2. Identify the plastic products you need and make sure they are reusable and recyclable.
  3. Reduce → Reuse → Recycle

In order for you to be able to select your logistics and packaging partners in a targeted manner, you should analyze your options thoroughly and assess them.