GS1 US Issues Apparel & General Merchandise Guideline for Sustainability in
Trading Partners Can Reduce Waste in the Supply Chain With Optimized
November 30, 2020
US has published the
“Best Practice Guideline for Sustainability in Packaging
created by apparel and general merchandise leaders to help industry incorporate
sustainable packaging practices in the supply chain. It provides guidance on the
selection of packaging materials and processes to minimize non-recyclable waste.
The new guideline is focused on the use of polybags, packing techniques and
materials, and cartons. It was developed by industry partners to address dual
challenges: increasing reliance on omni-channel fulfillment and the growing
demand for sustainable packaging.
The new guidance, developed for both suppliers and retailers, is applicable to
all North American companies trading products in the general merchandise and
apparel sector. This includes, but is not limited to, cosmetics, jewelry,
footwear, fashion accessories, apparel and sportswear, sporting goods, home
fashion and small appliances.
in the guidance are recommendations for the use of polybags (typically
low-density polyethylene (LDPE)-based plastic bags) that protect products during
transit from manufacturing sites to distribution centers and onwards to retail
stores and consumers’ homes (through e-commerce). Best practices covered in the
guideline include rightsizing of packaging components and optimizing polybag
thickness to reduce plastic waste, as well as guidance on recyclability, bag
closures, labels and carton fulfilment.
Angela Fernandez, vice president of community engagement, GS1 US noted, “This
new guideline is designed to help supply chain partners identify simple
packaging parameters that can be adjusted to reduce waste without compromising
product protection. The best practices suggested by the workgroup can improve
performance on sustainability initiatives while enhancing customer experiences
through the delivery of minimally packaged products.”