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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

April 6, 2021 in Asset Management, Automated Handling Equipment, Blog Posts, Case Studies, Cost Savings, RPA Blog, Supply Chain Management, Technology

Mission Critical: Reusable Packaging is Optimizing the New Wave of Supply Chain Automation

The synergy between automation and reusables is well established. For example, in manufacturing plants, reusable packaging systems have long played a critical role in presenting precise part placement to facilitate…
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April 5, 2021 in Food & Beverage, Industry News, Member News


ORBIS Corporation, a leading manufacturer of sustainable reusable packaging and an expert in supply chain optimization, designed its 40 x 48 Stack’R pallet with versatility that allows customers to use…
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April 1, 2021 in Industry News, Member News

Worldwide Foam Releases Micro Cellular Polypropylene (MCP) Product Line

Worldwide Foam is pleased to announce the release of its new Micro Cellular Polypropylene (MCP) product line. MCP is a unique micro-cellular, closed cell polypropylene foam, and will be offered…
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March 1, 2021 in Blog Posts, Circular Economy, General, Laws & Regulations, Legislation & Regulations, Sustainability

Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging Is Missing the Circular Opportunity

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation for packaging in the United States is gaining momentum as a policy tool to fund local waste management by shifting the cost burdens of packaging…
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February 22, 2021 in General, Industry News, RPA News

Call for Entries: 2021 Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award

The RPA is pleased to welcome two significant new members to the Association. PECO Pallet is a national leader in pallet pooling services, and Bielomatik is a manufacturer of plastic…
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February 5, 2021 in Asset Management, Asset Tracking, Blog Posts, Technology, Trace & Track

IoT-Enabled Reusable Packaging: Making Smart Supply Chains Smarter

Covid-19 has brought supply chains to a tipping point in digitization. As full circle distribution visibility and connectivity becomes business-critical, IoT-enabled reusable packaging is playing an increasingly important role. Today’s…
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January 20, 2021 in Circular Economy, Equipment, Industry News, Member News, Sustainability, Technology, Trace & Track

Productivity for Sustainability – Sustainability and productivity for HAIDLMAIR customers

The issues of sustainability and coping with the global climate crisis are among the most burning challenges of our time. Countless joint efforts around the world are needed to master…
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January 19, 2021 in General, Industry News, RPA News

Reusable Packaging Association Announces New Board Leadership for 2021

The RPA is pleased to welcome two significant new members to the Association. PECO Pallet is a national leader in pallet pooling services, and Bielomatik is a manufacturer of plastic…
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January 11, 2021 in Blog Posts, Circular Economy, Environmental, Sustainability

Turning Potential Ocean Pollution into Reusable Packaging Products

With 8 million tons of plastic waste entering oceans each year leading to dire predictions that oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050, policymakers and companies alike are addressing…
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December 31, 2020 in Blog Posts, Circular Economy, Sustainability

Resolve for Personal Circularity in the New Year

Change is rooted in a typical New Year’s Resolution.  We seek to turn a negative into a positive, or we set new life conditions to accomplish a personal goal.  As…
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