Lube Cube saves on plastic28 August 2019

A cardboard packaging solution has saved 500 tonnes of plastic, according to a lubricant manufacturer.

The ‘Lube Cube’ from FUCHS Lubricants gives customers the option of buying products in a recyclable cardboard box, rather than a plastic container.

FUCHS says that the change has resulted in a saving of more than 500 metric tonnes (500,000kg) of plastic since the 20 litre Lube Cube’s launch in 2012.

The Lube Cube is a single use, 100% recyclable packaging system. It is constructed from a strong, durable cardboard outer containing a product filled plastic inner. Lube Cubes are available in 4L, 5L and 20L capacities, depending on product.

FUCHS says that, as well as the environmental benefits, Lube Cubes are easier to dispense from than traditional plastic bottles thanks to a built-in tap, similar to a wine box. They are also easier to store as they can be stacked on top of each other.

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Rosemary Mellor, automotive product manager UK at Stoke-on-Trent-based FUCHS Lubricants, says: “Our Lube Cube is a piece of genuine innovation and it has revolutionised how we sell many of our most popular oils in the automotive, industrial and agricultural sectors.

“To have saved such a huge amount of plastic is a fantastic achievement. We have effectively saved the equivalent energy usage of 500 households for one year.”

Mellor adds: “Environmentally sustainable products and packaging are a huge focus for FUCHS and this innovation is key to the future of our industry. FUCHS is committed to ensuring its products and packaging offer the same great performance whilst reducing environmental impact.”

FUCHS has taken a number of steps to reduce its impact on the planet, including the installation of more than 2,000 solar panels at its Potteries HQ.

Adam Offord

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