Recyclable Cardboard

Myth: Packaging is wasteful and unnecessary

Fact: Paper based packaging protects goods, reduces waste, and is recyclable

Paper based packaging yields many benefits for consumers and the environment. Not only is the packaging made of recycled material, but it can be recycled, and past records indicate that this packaging has an excellent environmental record. The primary function of any type of packaging is to protect the product while it moves through transit, storage, and distribution cycles. By protecting the product, packaging extends the product’s shelf life. Another important function of packaging is to provide the consumer information about the product in addition to helping with brand identity and differentiation. In the developed world, efficient packaging has helped keep product damage during transit below 5%, whereas developing countries that do not have this type of packaging see rates as high as 30%. Using paper based packaging is an important aspect in reducing waste. According to Two Sides:

  • Cardboard boxes are derived from a renewable resource and their strength-to-weight ratio provides superior product protection along with cost-savings and efficiencies throughout the supply-chain (Packaging World,2013)
  • A study which compared the life cycle environmental impacts of plastic and corrugated cardboard boxes (CCB) for bread delivery concluded that the recyclable CCB box system was a more environmentally friendly option than the reusable HPDE plastic crate system. (Koskela, S. et al., 2014)
  • “Most corrugated boxes manufactured in Canada are made from 100% recycled material: old boxes collected from the back of supermarkets and factories or from curbside.” (org, 2015)
  • Greenhouse gas emissions of U.S. corrugated products declined by 32% between 2006 and 2010 due to increased recycling and more renewable energy use at paper mills. (National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, 2014)
  • Today, more corrugated packaging is recovered for recycling than any other packaging material according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with supermarkets leading recovery efforts. Most stores recover nearly all of their used corrugated packaging in backroom balers. Bales of corrugated are then sold to generate revenue. (Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association, 2014)
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Written by PRS Team — June 20, 2016


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