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How Rethinking Packaging Helped Amiad and the Environment

How Rethinking Packaging Helped Amiad and the Environment

Yonatan Pe’er, B.A.
Content Marketing // 09 Mar. 2021
Yonatan is an experienced writer and responsible for Content Marketing at Amiad

As world leaders in development and production of water filtration and water treatment solutions, for both irrigation and industrial applications uses, part of Amiad Water Systems’ vision is eco-friendliness and sustainability. 

We make the effort to promote this vision throughout each product’s value chain, from manufacturing all the way to packaging and delivery. 

Original Condition

In 2018, Amiad launched its new Mini Sigma filter. Originally, packaging materials were a significant factor in the product’s overall costs, as they were all from brand new materials that were purchased specifically for the packaging and shipping process. In addition, waste left from the production process would either be sold for recycling or sent to landfills. 

Rethinking Packaging

 Amiad took part in the European Union’s SwitchMed project – Med Test 2. During the MFCA (Material Flow Cost Accounting) process, which analyzes hidden environmental-economical costs by reviewing all the materials that go into the production process, we isolated the depreciation costs in our packaging materials’ production. Our employees participated in an Eco-Design workshop to help them redesign our packaging in order to reduce the use of unnecessary materials.

Improvement Suggestions

At the conclusion of the project, we came up with two major changes to our packaging process that will significantly reduce the use of materials, all the while saving us significant costs. First, we reused waste from our manufacturing plastic injection process to create our packaging materials. Next, we ground, granulated, and recycle polypropylene into a case that provides superb protection for the filter inside. 

Results

By changing the packaging, we have achieved the following results: 

  • Ecological: A reduction of 8Kg (17.6lb) in polystyrene foam per package, which translated to more than 120 tons of polystyrene foam saved since 2018.
  • Reuse: We reused over 19.5 tons of polypropylene waste since the Mini Sigma launch.
  • Monetary: Savings of more than 22% per package, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars saved since the release of the Mini Sigma in 2018.

Conclusions

The impact of a small change can end up being much greater than anticipated, as we learned from our R&D teams thinking outside the boxnot only when working on the filter, but also throughout the packaging design. By stopping to rethink a relatively mundane process, we managed to reduce costs and material usage, becoming a more eco-friendly organization.