DS Smith says it has contributed to a reduction in CO₂ emissions that are thought to be equivalent to 1,831 flights between Madrid and Lisbon, since the creation of the innovative new packaging solution, Light Wrap.
The Light Wrap solution was manufactured as a classic wraparound for bricks and inclusive of innovations in its design to allow for improved packaging with less fibre, and therefore a 19% reduction in CO₂ emissions compared to traditional solutions.
DS Smith Light Wrap is characterised by a design with a double crease at its base. The first crease functions when the box is formed in the customer’s forming machine. The second crease, less deep, is added, and functions when the box is compressed and stacked on a pallet. This design also allows the use of 19% less paper fibre than other solutions, reducing environmental impact and packaging costs without compromising product protection.
The Light Wrap patent is one of many products resulting from the €116m package in R&D and innovation that was announced by DS Smith in mid-2021 in support of the company’s work around the circular economy. The five-year investment includes the creation of a new cutting-edge technology centre in the UK, the development of new materials to replace plastics, and a pilot project to calibrate the impact of G-force on packaging for home deliveries.