Container deposit schemes are becoming trendy again, as they allow businesses to reduce their environmental impact. In Atlantic France, the young companies Sycléo, Berny and LivingPackets are developing innovative solutions in this field.
Sycléo: a local service which provides returnable, glass food containers
Created in Vendée in July 2021, Sycléo offers supermarkets and small businesses a returnable container service. Thanks to a dispenser linked to a free mobile app, customers can pick up a glass container, of which there are 4 available sizes, before doing their shopping and then they should put them back when they are no longer needed.
Sycléo collects the used containers and washes them before making them available, and the washing water is reused for an educational and solidarity garden. The company has been labelled by the Ruptur association.
Berny: reusable, stainless steel containers for agrifood
Also labelled by the Ruptur association, Berny was created in 2020 and is based in Nantes. The startup has recently raised €2 million and provides stainless steel containers that can be used in stores, as well as in the food industry or in collective catering.
The containers are made from 40 to 80% recycled material and are fully recyclable. They are also microwave, oven, freezer and dishwasher safe. A traceability system makes it possible to track each container and Berny takes care of all the logistics. The cleaning is operated locally thanks to partner washing services.
LivingPackets: smart, reusable packaging solutions
The Nantes-based company was created in 2016 and has launched an innovative and secure packaging called “The Box” to revolutionise the supply chain. Its development has been accelerating over the last years with the company receiving more than €6 million of investment funds in 2020 and 2021.
This year, LivingPackets has unveiled new products: a foldable version of The Box for documents and a hardened version for sensitive products. The company has also launched “The Tablet” which allows smart functions to be integrated into conventional industrial packaging, such as wooden pallets.