“I’m the Warehouse Manager with a large Retailer and we deliver hundreds of household items a week. From sofas and chairs to Beds and all types of whitegoods. The cardboard packaging is good as we recycle that but there is so much plastic and other stuff that has to go into the skip. It costs a lot to get the rubbished removed and I try not to think about the effect it has on the environment. Raps reduce how much packaging we throw out and that makes me feel good.”
Norm, Albury Australia.
Win – Businesses around the world are saving money by reducing/eliminating their need to buy plastic.
Win – Less plastic is good for the Environment.
Win – Not making the plastic in the first place saves our Planets resources.
“We’ve been using the same Raps for more than 5 years now and I swear by them. Recently we had to move a $20k leather lounge suite and the Sofa Raps just make it so easy. Lifting furniture up to 9 stories with our hoist takes a lot of care and experience. Raps take the stress out. They’re bloody good.”
“I was moving house with the help of my ex-husband and my brother 6’7” 120kg. Both pretty fit although my ex has let himself go a bit. Everything was going well (as well as it could when you’re moving house) when we got to the 3 seater sofa. It had to go upstairs. So after more than half an hour of sweating and swearing (and a few marks and scrapes on the new walls), the boys got it up the stairs and to the door. There it got stuck and they both swore that it will never get through the doorway. ‘It’s impossible’ they said.”
“So I said leave it in the garage and I’ll work out what to do. The next day I rang Darren a friend of mine who delivers sofas for a living and he said it shouldn’t be a problem and he’ll call around after work to sort it. I said I wasn’t sure if I could organise one of the boys and he said we’ll be right just him and me. I had my doubts.”
“He arrived, wrapped it in a Rap specially designed for sofas, I got on one end, he got on the other and within 5 minutes we’d got it up the stairs, through the doorway and into the room.”
“I still can’t believe how we did it! I guess it goes to show if you know what you’re doing and you’ve got the right tools it makes any job easy.”
Australian multi-award winning company RapCo is partnering with Harvey Norman, Australia’s biggest furniture retailer to reduce the use of massive plastic bags in the Furniture & Bedding industry.
Plastic bags used to wrap sofas and mattresses can be one thousand times heavier and have over 300 times* the surface area of the average shopping bag. Harvey Norman uses hundreds of thousands of these bags every year to deliver floorstock and do warehouse transfers and now RapCo is providing a better way.
“It’s a win, win, win situation” said Andrew Hurst, the CEO of RapCo and the inventor of the Sofa and Mattress Raps (their name for the bags).
“The retailer wins as it costs less, the customer wins as it protects their furniture and the environment wins. Actually the environment wins in a couple of ways, first of all there is so much less waste as the Raps can be used hundreds of times, second there is the energy saved, each bag uses the equivalent of driving a car 100kms**. Also there is all the oil, (plastic is derived from petroleum) that doesn’t need to be used. I suppose the only loser is the manufacture of the plastic bags”
RapCo was invited to the Harvey Norman trade show to demonstrate their Raps to all the Harvey Norman Furniture and Bedding proprietors from around Australia when they gather in Sydney this Wednesday & Thursday at the Showground in Homebush.
Stewart Burke Operations Manager for Harvey Norman organised a special stand at the trade show for RapCo. Katie Page, CEO of Harvey Norman was one of the first companies to sign up to the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) more than 15 years ago. APCO is a co-regulatory, not-for-profit organisation that partners with government and industry to reduce the harmful impact of packaging on the Australian environment.
*the average plastic shopping bag weighs 5 gms and the large plastic bags for King Mattresses and large sofas can weigh up to 5 kgs. The surface area of a large sofa bag is 10.8m2 and it is only 0.0375m2 for a shopping bag.
** Around 0.48 megajoules (MJ) of energy is consumed to make one shopping bag including the energy content of the bag (the embodied energy). Another way of considering this is that the energy consumed by driving a car one kilometre is the equivalent of manufacturing 8.7 plastic bags (Nolan-ITU 2002). As a Furniture bag can weigh 1000 times a shopping bag you can drive a car 1000/8.7 = 114km using the energy of one furniture.