Rented tubs reduce the carbon footprint of the seafood industry

January 14, 2022

In 2020 iTUB Rental celebrated its 10th anniversary. The company, based in Iceland, Norway, and Denmark, was back in 2010 one of the first to introduce the sharing economy to the seafood industry.

 

iTUB Rental was jointly established in 2010 by Sæplast, a leading manufacturer of insulated plastic containers in Dalvik, Iceland, and the Norwegian seafood company Aker Seafoods (later sold to current co-owner Lerøy Norway Seafoods).

iTUB was one of the first rental companies offering high-quality insulated plastic containers for rent to the seafood industry in Norway, Iceland, and Europe. The Chairman of the iTUB board, Øyvind Berg, points out that sharing and reusing tubs is an easy way to reduce the carbon footprint of the seafood industry.

– When several companies share the same stock of tubs, the tubs can be better utilized. You can deliver a more significant volume of fish using fewer tubs, says Berg. He adds:

– Sharing tubs leads to an overall reduction of resources used to store and transport seafood. You reduce the number of tubs in the industry and the negative environmental impact of tub production and usage. Sharing tubs also ties up less capital. It reduces operational costs and risk of ownership (risk of lost tubs, risk of value, risk of future environmental costs, etc.). That´s good for both the climate and the business economy.

Øyvind Berg, chairman of the iTUB board. Photo: Geir Håvard Hanssen

Safeguarding the hygiene

iTUB put great effort into safeguarding the hygiene of the tubs collected by the European depots before sending them back to Iceland, Norway, and Denmark.

– In addition to the tub rental, we offer washing and maintenance of tubs before transporting them back to the fishing vessels to be reused. Tubs are an important tool for providing high-quality fresh seafood throughout Europe. Securing the best hygiene is one of the cornerstones in our service, says Berg.

PE insulated tubs

From the start in 2010, the main value propositions from iTUB relate to the quality of the solid and insulated tubs, the safeguarding of the tub hygiene, effective logistics, and the reduced environmental impact achieved when sharing and reusing tubs. iTUB offers only PE insulated tubs that are 100% recyclable.

– We have chosen the PE material for our tubs because of its strength and reliability, and they insulate well. Sæplast, one of the leading producers of insulated plastic containers in Europe, makes tubs for us that are solid-built and safe to stack. And they have long durability. A tub lasts for 12-15 years before replacement is needed if it is well taken care of, says Berg.

Important contribution

In 2020 the six employees representing iTUB Rental celebrated the company´s 10th anniversary. After ten years in the rental business, chairman Berg strongly believes that sharing resources is an important measure to reach the 2030-goals set in the EU “Green Deal” and fulfill the different national environmental regulations introduced for the seafood industry.

– ITUB is a small company, but our service offers an important contribution to the green shift. We believe reusing and sharing tubs will increase its importance in the years to come, Berg says.

100% recyclable

iTUB rents out PE-insulated tubs in 460L, 660L, and 1000L sizes. When tubs are damaged, they get repaired by repair specialists. Old tubs that have reached their end are fully recycled.

– Recycling is done in Iceland and the UK by a recycling specialist. They grind the plastic materials and send them to the Sæplast factory. We reuse the plastic materials in the production of new tubs, says Berg.

Carbon-neutral transportation

When asked about the iTUB future ten years from now, Chairman Berg has a positive attitude.

– In ten years, I envision that the seafood industry has implemented tools, systems, and concepts that make carbon-neutral deliveries of fish from Norway, Iceland, and other countries possible. iTUB will continue to offer solutions that support sustainability and will make great efforts to develop new sustainable load carriers that will help the industry improve its environmental impact, says Berg.

Text: Geir Håvard Hanssen

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