The Circular Life Cycle of a Beverage Crate

The life cycle of a beverage crate is purposely designed to be circular.

Starting their life as a bespoke design concept, their features make them durable to protect the product; easy to handle; stackable to ensure the most efficient logistics and made from just the right amount of material. 

A high-quality, reliable stock of Polyethylene (HDPE) or Polypropylene (PP) regrind and, increasingly less frequently, virgin feedstock must then be sourced at DS Smith’s Plastics Division, this material originates primarily from the Injection Moulded business segment, from the customer or other 3rd party organizations. As they are manufactured from single material HDPE or PP, the crates are designed for recyclability.

 The bespoke mould is then injected with heated plastic and labels are applied. To further improve their recyclable properties, a technique has been developed for producing monolayer in-mould labels (IML) out of the same material as the crate so the labels made of HDPE or PP can be recycled as well – making the crates 100% recyclable.


The crates are then shipped to the customer and their stackable properties allow them to use the vehicle’s space in the most efficient manner. 

DS Smith Injection Moulded beverage crates are highly durable and ensure a full warranty under rigorous manipulation procedures and outdoor usage – providing a strong protection for the beverage products.

 When the crates finally reach end-of-life they can be reground and turned into new crates for a resource-efficient life-cycle approach, designed for circularity.