Reusable, Recyclable, and Recycled Packaging
Recommended minimum recovered fibre content levels include;
Because of environmental concerns, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) should not be used under any circumstances. It is important to check with your supplier of sealing tape and shrink-wrap because these sometimes contain PVC. Plastic films used for packaging must be of unpigmented Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE or LLDPE).
Low Density Polyethylene Bags (LDPE)
If a LDPE bag is to be used as a Unit Pack, the polyethylene must be of suitable gauge to ensure that goods are held together securely. If the goods have any “sharp” ends, the LDPE must be strong enough to withstand piercing. LDPE bags must be sealed securely by heat sealing or any other method that will ensure the bags will not open during transit.
If glass is used in the product, the packaging must be of sufficient strength to adequately protect the products in all common modes of transport.
Except when absolutely necessary, metal staples should not be used anywhere in either Master Cartons or Unit Packs. This will minimize risk of injury and allow the packing to be recycled.
For health and safety reasons, no filled Master Carton should weigh more than 33lbs (15 kg) and no single unit pack should weigh more than 11 lbs (5 kg), unless otherwise agreed to in writing by The Body Shop.
Unit Carton Packaging and Testing
Unit (inner) packaging should be of adequate strength and construction to permit safe and efficient handling and to protect the product during transit and warehousing. Due to the wide variety of products offered by The Body Shop, no single unit pack configuration exists. Instead, we have developed several PREFERRED configurations, which have been proven to meet our needs and standards. These are shown below;
Open-topped chipboard tray with tubes stacked “top–to-tail” then shrink-wrapped in plastic
Unit Pack and Master Carton dimensions
The Unit Pack and Master Cartons that you provide should fully utilise our Standard Pallet base of 1200mm x 1000mm and the load height must be as near to 1200mm as possible (including pallet) - As shown below. This ensures freight and storage utilisation is optimised reducing cost and CO2.
For an example of a Master Carton that optimises our Standard Pallet cube, please click here.
Rules for Unit Packs
Important: The supplier must ensure that whatever packaging configuration is used, the product is fully protected from damage in transit and handling.
Master Carton Packaging and Testing
Master packaging should be of adequate strength and construction to permit safe and efficient handling and to protect the product during transit, warehousing and onward distribution to The Body Shop stores. All carton types must be able to support Double Pallet Stacking and Loose Loaded Column Stack tier weights in Sea Containers. All master cartons should be sized to best accommodate the unit packs within.
Packaging Test Guidelines
The Body Shop has provided the following tests as a guideline only. It is the responsibility of the supplier to conduct suitable testing prior to the shipment to ensure that the product is fit for transit.
The supplier should ensure that working practices and procedures are properly documented to meet these guidelines as a minimum standard.
The standard master carton must be able to withstand an International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) impact test (as included in ISTA Procedure 1A) without breakage, or significant damage, and the carton should still afford reasonable protection for the contents.
Drop Test - Master Carton
The impact test should consist of 10 drops from the height specified, based on package weight:
1 - 20.99 lbs. (0.45-9.52 kg) - drop from 30 in (0.76 m)
21 - 40.99 lbs. (9.53 kg -18.59 kg) - drop from 24 in (0.610 m)
41 - 60.99 lbs. (18.62 kg - 7.66 kg) - drop from 18 in (0.457 m)
The following 10 drops should be made on a single master carton or large unit pack:
Top Load Resistance
The following top load resistance tests should be conducted:
Pass – The packaging has passed the test if there is no gross damage, product spillage, product deformation, compression or scuffing at any stage of the test based upon agreed standards.
Fail – The packaging has failed the test if there is the following:
In addition to this testing, one pre-production unit pack sample for each unique packaging configuration must be sent for approval to:
Once this package has been received, reviewed and found to meet The Body Shop’s requirements, final approval will be given via letter or email.
Shipments of merchandise to The Body Shop are expected to comply with the following conditions:
Violations of these requirements will result in charge backs to offset additional costs to re-package, re-label, or dispose of unsatisfactory products. Please see the Rework section in Resolving Problems for further details.