Corrugated Packaging has the highest recycling recovery rate and considered to be the least environmentally impacting packaging material. Combined with being cost-effective and lightweight, therefore lowering freight & handling costs with fewer trucks, less fuel, and lower emissions. Corrugated attracts eco-conscious customers who prefer to choose ‘greener’ packaged products that can be recycled. It is the responsible choice.
More corrugated packaging is recovered for recycling than any other packaging material. The recovery rate for old corrugated containers (OCC) has hovered around 90 percent for years.
Recycling corrugated packaging decreases solid waste disposal. Collected fibre is then reused to make new corrugated packaging, allowing for the use of less new raw material. Recovered material (OCC) is a critical resource to paper mills and manufacturers of new corrugated packaging.
Corrugated packaging is renewable. The journey of the FSC corrugated box begins in a responsibly managed forest. There, certified foresters, and loggers harvest just enough trees to make packages. And for each tree harvested, a replanting program is in place to take its place. Corrugated packaging is a completely renewable resource: environmentally responsible, recyclable, and compostable. The corrugated packaging industry is committed to helping customers find responsible packaging solutions – to make products that are more sustainable.
Corrugated Packaging is Circular by Nature
Renewable, reusable, recyclable corrugated comes full circle, every day. From efficient use of manage forest lands to sustainable practices during board and box manufacturer to high recovery rates that put fibre back into our system, corrugated packaging is circular by nature.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Sustainability is based on a simple principle. Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.”