For the fifth consecutive year, the workers of Grupo La Plana have collaborated in the Challenge “Interempresas” driven by Action against hunger. The company has left a HUMAN FOOTPRINT of 972 days of nutritional treatment, thanks to the 97.2 km. tours of the participants of Grupo La Plana, who in addition to sports for a good cause, spent a fun morning with a great atmosphere.
We are implementing a sustainable mobility plan, thanks to the contributions and ideas of a group of workers, who offered to develop this project to improve the Economy of the Common Good. The main objective is to promote commuting to work that reduces pollution , be more healthy and respectful with the environment. For this, the company is promoting the use of shared vehicles, the use of bicycles or going on foot. In addition, parking spaces with plugs for recharging electric cars have been enabled.
The use of corrugated cardboard boxes for the international transport of fruits and vegetables by road means a reduction in CO2 emissions of around 70% compared to reusable plastic boxes, according to a report prepared by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) .
This Carbon Footprint study presented by the Institute for Sustainable Production (IPS) compares the greenhouse gas emissions of both types of packaging, the most used in fruit and vegetable exports from Spain to several European countries.
Spain is the leader in this type of trade in Europe: according to data from the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and Live Plants (FEPEX), it exports, only to France and Germany, 1,875 million annual tons of products On which the research has focused: tomato, eggplant, zucchini, melon, cucumber and pepper.
The director of the study and professor of Engineering Projects of the UPV, Salvador Capuz, explained that, if this transport “was made only with cardboard boxes, we would save 70,000 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to the withdrawal of 50,000 vehicles” and would result “More beneficial in the fight against climate change”.Capuz pointed out that the experts calculated the carbon footprint – total amount of CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases – “for the different scenarios” and “during the entire life cycle of the boxes, from obtaining raw materials to waste treatment. ”
Thus, the report indicates the different percentages of savings in each product according to the type of container used, in the case of corrugated cardboard boxes containing tomatoes for export to Germany, generates a difference of up to 69.22% less than CO2 emissions than reusable plastic boxes.
In addition to pointing to the tomato as the article that produces the least emissions, it determines that eggplant is “the most complicated vegetable to transport” and confirms that, the greater the distance, the greater the impact on the reduction of cardboard emissions.
The volume of products studied represents 15% of total fruit and vegetable exports, so the study states that if all the reusable plastic was replaced by corrugated cardboard, it would reduce the contamination at a level equivalent to 400,000 vehicles.
The president of the IPS, Jos
Cabrera, has highlighted the “growing concern about the greenhouse effect” and the need to promote the philosophy of the three R’s -reduce, recycle and reuse- giving prominence to “a circular economy that ensures sustainability”. In that sense, the solution to climate change “goes through the use of raw materials that are recyclable, renewable and biodegradable, such as paper, wood and cardboard,” said Cabrera.
Novessendes is developing the HORTA DEL RAJOLAR project to contribute the community improvement through social agriculture, for which it recovers the traditional garden for its cultivation with agroecological criteria, creates job opportunities through the farmers’ nursery and offers the population a healthy consumption and of proximity.
The video is part of the disclosure campaign and recruitment of partners for the project, users who commit to a monthly contribution in exchange for the supply of a box of vegetables. In this way we look for the sustainability of the project and the farmers’ salaries.
In the three production plants of the company it has been installed control systems with artificial vision in order to achieve a level of “zero defects” in the manufacture of several typologies of boxes.
The award as Company of the Year 2015 of Castellon to the company Cartonajes La Plana which was delivered by the President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, is a new recognition of the commitment to innovation and constant trade expansion that has characterized the Betxí packaging company