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Reusable Packaging Market Data and Statistics

Reusable Packaging is a ~$100 billion market

In 2020, the global packaging market reached an estimated $950 billion in value. Approximately $200 billion of this is considered “transport” or “transit” packaging, of which roughly half meet the Reusable Packaging Association’s criteria for “reusable” packaging. Together, these products comprise the $100 billion RTP market.

Within the global Reusable Transport Packaging Market, approximately 62% is comprised of pallets (all materials excepting paper-based pallets which cannot be reused); 30% is comprised of containers, crates, totes, reusable boxes, and reusable or returnable plastic containers (RPCs); 7% is comprised of intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), tanks, drums, and barrels; the remaining 1% is comprised of other types of reusable transport packaging. Detailed segmentation by product is available in the 2020 Reusable Transport Packaging State of the Industry Report.

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Reusable Packaging Association Information and Files

Founded in 1999, the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) is a non-profit trade organization representing and promoting the common and pro-competitive business interests of member suppliers and users of reusable packaging products and services. RPA connects the industry to expand, innovate and validate reusable packaging systems.

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Latest News and Blog Posts

September 8, 2020 in Blog Posts, Circular Economy, Food & Beverage, Food Retailing, Handheld Containers/Trays/Totes

Reusable Packaging for Food and Beverage: 6 Innovation Trends to Watch

Reusable packaging has long been integral to the food and beverage sector - and will continue to be as the latter industry makes its way to a digitized, automated, and…
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August 28, 2020 in Asset Management, Automotive, General, Member News


ORBIS RPM to assist operations at an automotive OEM facility in Canton, Mississippi OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — Aug. 27, 2020 — ORBIS® Corporation, an international leader in reusable packaging, recently expanded its…
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August 24, 2020 in General, Industry News, Member News

iGPS Appoints Rob Ferrentino to Role of Chief Financial Officer

Industry Veteran to Oversee Accounting and Financial Operations for Logistics Leader ORLANDO, FL — iGPS Logistics, the nation’s leading provider of innovative supply chain solutions featuring its lightweight, recyclable shipping…
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August 14, 2020 in Cost Savings, Environmental, Food & Beverage, Food safety, Industry News

All the Right Moves – Aug 2020 Progressive Grocer Article
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July 27, 2020 in Automotive, Blog Posts

Automotive Driving Rapid Rise in Use of Reusable Packaging

Automotive manufacturing is widely recognized as one of the earliest applications of reusable packaging. The use of returnable packaging dates back to as early as 1930 at Ford Motor Company’s…
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July 17, 2020 in Environmental, General, Member News


Company awarded for green supply chain management and logistics  OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — July 14, 2020 — ORBIS® Corporation, an international leader in reusable packaging, has been named an Inbound Logistics 2020…
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July 17, 2020 in Environmental, General, Member News

ORBIS Launches New Sustainability Initiative to Repurpose Coastline Waste

New recycled plastic material from coastline waste broadens sustainable packaging product line OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — July 8, 2020 — ORBIS® Corporation, an international leader in sustainable reusable packaging, is offering…
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July 14, 2020 in Blog Posts, Laws & Regulations, Legislation & Regulations, RPA Blog

For a Transformative Fix to Recycling, Policymaking Needs Reuse in the Mix

The June 17 hearing by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the topic of “Responding to the challenges facing recycling in the United States” offered insightful…
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June 11, 2020 in Blog Posts, Business & Economic, Circular Economy, Environmental

Decoupling and Reusables Can Help Restore Environmental Balance

The world’s thirst for resources seems unquenchable. According to Earth Overshoot Day, it would take 1.75 Earths to regenerate the natural resources consumed in 2019. Even more sobering, if all countries…
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June 8, 2020 in Blog Posts, Business & Economic, Circular Economy, Sustainability

Economics: the new driver of climate change initiatives

When it comes to what institutional investors think about climate change and how it impacts the valuation of companies, there are two ways to view it. The first approach is…
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June 5, 2020 in Asset Management, Asset Tracking, General, Member News

SSI Schaefer Announces Schaefer Track & Trace Reusable Container Asset and Recovery Management

Schaefer Systems International, Inc., a leader in reusable packaging systems, automation and material handling systems, announced today that the company is providing clients with a national reusable container asset management…
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May 20, 2020 in Automotive, General, Member News

ORBIS Corporation Sponsors Online Automotive Packaging Program Offered by

New certificate provides comprehensive insights into automotive packaging supply chain OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — May 19, 2020 — ORBIS® Corporation, an international leader in reusable packaging, is now sponsoring The Packaging…
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