As most of the packages in all industries worldwide are using some type of corrugated carton, it is really important that the material in question doesn’t do serious damage to the environment. Today’s big corporate brands, as well as small businesses, are experiencing major ecological pressure on all levels. It is now more important than ever to consider packaging options with ecological awareness and responsibility.
Eco-friendly material is considered to be one that is either contributing to environmental well-being or at least has no bad influences on it. That being said, packaging made from biodegradable materials, and is recyclable and/or reusable can be considered as eco-friendly. As is well-known, many other often used materials for distribution of goods do quite a lot of environmental damage (e.g. plastic). However, corrugated carton is one of the safest options for the environment for various reasons.
Firstly, the recyclable nature of corrugated carton alone makes it safe for the environment. Also, it doesn’t contain bleaches and dyes in most cases, unlike other popular paper products, which lowers its ecological footprint. In addition, it also has high biodegradable properties which greatly diminishes its pollution potential. The corrugated box is one of the most used packaging options. Most corrugated boxes are made from recyclable material ranging from 70% to 90%. However, some producers make them using 100% recyclable material. They are very durable; offering great protection which makes them suitable to be used with a huge variety of products. That being said, they are one of the best economical and eco-friendly options, and if that is what you need, you need search no more.
Secondly, corrugated packaging most often uses renewable sources as primary production materials. Manufacturers often use wood materials from species of trees which grow really fast, and are from tree farms which are built for that sole purpose. The goal is for them to be managed in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. Some producers also use numerous forms of wood residues and leftovers which come as byproducts from other industries, such as woodchips.
Low Energy Usage
Thirdly, packaging which uses corrugated carton doesn’t require much energy to be produced. This is due to the nature of the production process, and the fact that resources which are commonly used to make corrugated products can be found locally. This means that transportation costs and unnecessary pollution is significantly reduced.
Finally, when corrugated packaging such as corrugated boxes are finished with their primary purpose, they can be reused countless times before recycling or biodegrading. It is not only that businesses can reuse them several times, but the practice of reusing most often trickles down. For example, secondary businesses which are receiving the packages can reuse them for their own purposes and in the end, the package can find its use in people’s homes, garages and it can even help homeless individuals. Reusing options are truly endless.