THE MYTH:

Packaging is wasteful and unnecessary 

THE FACT:

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

Packaging

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

Paper based packaging is not only made of recycled material, it can also be recycled and has an excellent environmental record. The primary function of packaging in all its forms; plastics, tins, glass and paperboard is to protect goods while in transit, storage and distribution. It prevents waste through breakage, spoilage and contamination, and extends product shelf life. A secondary, but important purpose is to provide consumer information about the product and help with brand identity and differentiation. Minimizing waste, particularly food, is a vital global challenge. As a result of efficient packaging, product damage in transit remains below 5% in the developed world whereas, in the developing world wastage rates can be as high as 30%.

  • 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.”

             – CorrugatedBoxesCanada.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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