Old materials: new life 4 times over

If you put all your shopping in a cardboard box, will it be strong enough? It can be! Because we make reusable handy folding boxes out of the cardboard waste from out Colruyt shops. And so some more old materials get a sustainable second life. Because at Colruyt Group, we believe in a recycling economy which serves both people and the environment.

1. From old cardboard to a handy folding box.

All the cardboard waste from our shops goes back to our distribution centres where we compress it into bales. A cardboard manufacturer makes folding boxes from this which you can buy in the shop for 1 euro. The folding boxes are tougher than the cardboard boxes at the entrance and can carry up to 15 kilos of shopping. You can reuse them and, folded, they don't take up much space in the car. We consulted customers in 18 trial shops about the design.


Folding box at the check-out
Our tough folding boxes can carry up to 15 kilos of shopping.

2. Punnets from recycled cardboard

Since 2016, we’ve made the punnets for our Boni Selection apples, pears, kiwi fruit and peppers from our recycled cardboard. The punnets are not only more sustainable than our previous pulp punnets, they can also be printed on to carry far more information for you, as a consumer.

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3. Metamorphosis for old office furniture

At Colruyt Group, we use our office furniture as long as possible and throw away as little as possible. We repair damaged furniture ourselves: dirty office chairs just get new upholstery, so that we can still keep them for a long time.

Even old office furniture which no longer fits our new style is not simply thrown away. We freshen up coffee tables and wooden chairs, and re-upholster their cushions. Our partner, Nearly New Office Facilities (NNOF) transforms old desks and meeting tables into new ones that are a perfect match for our corporate style.

By giving our old office furniture a new life, we not only save money, it’s also more environmentally friendly. We avoid tonnes of waste and use fewer raw materials and less energy. Thanks to our collaboration with NNOF, we’ve saved 17 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of 220,000 truck kilometres since 2014.

Furniture that we really can’t do anything more with is sold on the second-hand market.

Old furniture
After repair or renovation, our old office furniture fits perfectly into the picture.

4. Building material for good causes

When we renovate or demolish buildings, we look for as many items as possible which can have a useful second life. We reuse some of the broken doors, wooden partition walls and frames ourselves. In addition, we offer demolished materials free to good causes.

Renovation of building
We’re happy to offer demolished material that we can’t reuse to good causes.

With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Responsible consumption & production