Packaging has environmental impacts throughout its life cycle, including material use, transport emissions and waste disposal. We believe the best strategy for eliminating waste and optimizing efficiency is to use robust, durable, returnable packaging that can survive years of repeated reuse.
Reducing Our Overall Impact
Our own standard range of packaging not only protects its contents but also allows for maximum storage density during transportation. We always review the packaging of new parts before the full launch of any product, to assess opportunities for improvement.
Using standardized packaging makes packaging more interchangeable between suppliers and across programs. In many locations, we have contracts with packaging providers to collect and pool packaging for our suppliers. By enabling it to be forwarded to where it is next needed rather than having to be returned to the previous supplier, we have reduced our overall transport impact considerably.
We continually work to share best practice between regions and drive improvements in packaging. Ford’s packaging guidelines require supplier-provided packaging to have a neutral or positive environmental footprint, achieved through zero waste to landfill and the use of 100 percent recycled, renewable or recyclable materials.