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Philips reduces SmartMate ballast packaging


June 22, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

Philips Lighting Electronics announced it has made great strides in reducing its carbon footprint and preserving the environment through innovative changes to the package design and shipment of its SmartMate family of electronic ballasts for four-pin compact fluorescent lamps.

Following an evaluation of the product’s carton size and design, the
Philips team was able to reduce carton area by 60%, an initiative that
will result in an estimated reduction of over 625,000 sf of corrugated
each year—the environmental equivalent of saving 51 trees, reducing 11
homes-worth of energy consumption, preventing the greenhouse gases
generated by 16 cars, or eliminating 1 full garbage truck full of waste
from landfills annually.

On top of reductions to SmartMate’s individual carton area, Philips
further streamlined SmartMate’s Master Carton, which still holds 12
units but has been reduced in size by 45%. As a result, the SmartMate
pallets hold 78% more product than before, an enhancement that will
drive related reductions in transportation costs, storage needs and
pollution emission.

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