Fuchs Lubricants claims its cardboard packaging solution has saved 500 tonnes of plastic since its introduction in 2012 – equivalent of 10 million two litre plastic bottles, or 60 million plastic carrier bags.
The Lube Cube from the Stoke-on-Trent-based manufacturer allows customers to buy its leading products in a recyclable cardboard box rather than a plastic container.
Rosemary Mellor, Automotive Product Manager UK at Fuchs said: “Our Lube Cube is a piece of genuine innovation and it has revolutionised how we sell many of our most popular oils in the automotive, industrial and agricultural sectors.
“To have saved such a huge amount of plastic is a fantastic achievement. We have effectively saved the equivalent energy usage of 500 households for one year.”
The Lube Cube is a single use, 100 per cent recyclable packaging system. With zero disposal costs as they can be included with normal recycling waste, significant savings are to be made when businesses are paying to dispose of hazardous waste.
It is constructed from a strong, durable cardboard outer containing a product filled plastic inner.
Lube Cubes are available in 4L, 5L and 20L capacities, depending on product.
As well as the clear environmental benefits, Lube Cubes are easier to dispense from than traditional plastic bottles thanks to a built-in tap, similar to a wine box.
They are easier to store as they can be stacked on top of each other, with the additional benefit that larger quantities can be packed on pallets compared to regular plastic containers, so stocking space is reduced.
The cardboard outer can be flattened by hand and left for kerbside collection for recycling.
Fuchs has taken a number of steps to reduce its impact on the planet, including the installation of more than 2,000 solar panels at its Potteries HQ.