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Volume reduction

Reduces the amount of space necessary for transit and storage.

Definition


Lumi considers products low volume if they fall below 25% of the average volume of other options that perform a similar function.

Reducing the volume of a corrugated box by half would almost half carbon emissions in transport, as twice as many units can be stacked on a pallet and shipped in a truck. In lifecycle analyses looking at the impacts of packaging1, reducing volume is a critical way to reduce carbon emissions in transport.

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Distribution

Efficiencies in the movement of products that can reduce net carbon emissions.

Why choose it


Lower volume directly translates to a lower carbon footprint. Lumi’s options across kraft envelopes and poly mailers offer a wide array of low volume options.

Companies opt for low volume packaging as a way to save space in shipping to their warehouse and to their customer. Lower weight can also drastically decrease shipping rates.

Energy Footprint of Packaging Options in Material Use, Processing, and Transport (Million BTUs per 10K Packages)

Why not choose it


Focusing only on volume incentivizes packaging options like plastic poly bags that may only be drop-off recyclable and don’t naturally compost or biodegrade.

Companies may choose higher volume materials that excel in other properties like recycled content or curbside recyclability.

Frequently asked questions
Does Lumi consider volume before the packaging is assembled of after?

Pre-assembly. The design process presents the opportunity to design a dieline with as little wasted volume as possible post assembly.