Bicycles and other cycling products must be packaged in a way that generates as little waste as possible and is less harmful to the environment.
(22-3-2022). The European associations of suppliers of cycling products, Conebi and CIE, have published a document by which they urge all the links in the cycling market to support circular economy policies that allow the volume of cycling product packaging to be reduced.
The Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) and Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) have assumed a commitment, shared with part of the industry and that would also be supported by PeopleForBikes. The goal is to create a circular economy for cycling product packaging to eliminate waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.
SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING COMMITMENT
Until now, the Commitment to Sustainable Packaging of the Cycling Industry has 59 companies committed to developing the following list of actions:
Share and support the common vision of more circular and sustainable packaging solutions with supply chain partners.
Work with supply chain partners to reduce problematic plastic packaging and eliminate unnecessary packaging within your supply chain by 2025.
Work with supply chain partners to ensure that all packaging in the supply chain is reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
Work with supply chain partners to increase recycled content in packaging materials by 2025.
Create customer/retailer-facing packaging commitments that align with or exceed the common vision by 2025.
Share progress and updates with the cycling industry in general through the CONEBl/CIE Sustainability working group forum.
According to CONEBI and CIE, packaging volumes continue to increase worldwide. In 2019, the volume of packaging waste in the EU reached a total of 79.3 million tonnes, 60% of which was paper, cardboard and plastic.
In the United States, plastic packaging alone generated more than 14.5 million tons of waste. According to the estimation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in 2050 the resources of three planets will be needed to maintain the lifestyle of one.
From Conebi and the CIE they assure that the growing volumes of waste are the consequence of an excess of unnecessary packaging, which, together with single-use models, non-recyclable materials, and plastic that enter the environment, are creating numerous challenges for the planet, the climate and biodiversity.
TIME TO CHANGE
The two European cycling employers maintain that “as an industry, we believe it is time to change. We come together behind a shared vision of creating a circular economy for packaging, which is in line with the European Commission’s goal of a new circular economy.”
The same sources point out the convenience of “rationalizing the number and volume of packaging, making products and materials last longer, and retaining the value of the material and resources when returning it to the system. The goal is to protect our natural ecosystems.”
From Conebi and the CIE they assure that “the signatories of the packaging commitment have committed to work with their partners in the supply chain to guarantee that all the packaging in said chain is reusable, recyclable or compostable in 2025.”
Below is a list of companies and associations that have shown their commitment to these proposals.