In the spirit of ecofriendliness and sustainability, PUMA has partnered with world-renowned designer Yves Béhar to create a new packaging system that truly rethinks the way shoes are sold. Béhar has designed a “Clever Little Bag,” replacing the cardboard shoebox with a re-usable shoe bag that eliminates the need for extra plastic carrier bags. As a result of the 65% paper reduction through the “Clever Little Bag” concept, PUMA will reduce water, energy and diesel consumption on the manufacturing level by more than 60% per year. In other words: approximately 8,500 tons less paper will be consumed, 20 million Megajoules of electricity saved, 1 million litres less of fuel oil used and 1 million litres of water saved. Especially with Earth Day right around the corner, thought this might hit home with your readers!
PUMA’s apparel collections will also be bagged using sustainable material, replacing traditional polyethylene bags. This means that 720 tons of polyethylene bags can be avoided per year, which equals a saving of 29 million plastic bags — enough to cover an area the size of 1000 football pitches. Furthermore, PUMA T-shirts will be folded one more time to reduce the packaging size and thus saving CO2 emissions and costs during transport. Amazing what just a few small changes can do! The roll-out of the new packaging and distribution system is planned as of the second half of 2011 — but PUMA’s long-term sustainability program and plans to further offset its “paw print” will certainly continue to develop from there.