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    Packaging Intro

    A key part of our life cycle management process is our ongoing effort to realize the environmental and cost benefits of reduced packaging. We’re reducing the environmental impact of our packaging through redesign, reuse, increased recyclability and use of recycled content, and increased use of cube utilization. The results are less energy use in processing packaging materials, reduced cost and emissions from transport, and less storage and disposal space requirements.

    Package Reduction Examples


    Post-It Note® Cabinet Pack

    Our Post-it® Note Cabinet Pack helps reduce waste in the office. It’s a bulk cube dispenser of 16 or 24 Post-it® Note Pads providing convenient storage and a reduced impact on the environment. The pack sleeve is made from 100% recycled paper with restricted ink use and there is no individual plastic wrapping of pads in the sleeve.

    Post-it® Note Cabinet Pack

    3M Scotch-Brite™ Tub and Tile Scrubber

    We’ve significantly reduced the packaging of our 3M Scotch-Brite™ Tub and Tile Scrubber. The package redesign includes the removal of corrugate dividers and a diminished overall size to fit into half the transport and display space.

    3M Scotch-Brite™ Tub and Tile Scrubber

    Power of the Cube


    Cube Utilization

    For those who thought high-school geometry would never serve them in real life, consider the power of the cube: In warehousing and logistics, “cube utilization” is an approach to using the space within a storage area, trailer, or container most efficiently. Cube utilization is generally calculated as a percentage of total space or total “usable space.” We’re using cube utilization to reduce the storage and transportation space required by our products.


    Environmental Solutions catalog

    Environmental Solutions Catalogs

    Download the catalog (PDF, 8.12MB)

    Timeline

    Timeline

    A look back at significant milestones from 3M’s rich sustainability legacy.


    Timeline.

    Product Spotlight

    Product Spotlights

    3M’s propensity to innovate is our most effective way to promote change.

    Sustainable projects.

    Making a Difference

    Making a Difference

    3M has a commitment to connecting with people—our most valuable resource.

    Community works.

    Goals and Progress

    Goals and Progress

    3M reveals its targets and performance metrics for sustainability.


    Dashboard of data.