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Traditional cardboard boxes are made of one layer, usually from thick paper or from paper-pulp, while corrugated cardboard is made from three layers. If you’ve ever looked carefully at corrugated cardboard, you’ll see the distinctive ruffle shape that permeates the box and makes it that much stronger.

Corrugated cardboard is all-around better for the environment. From transporting the raw materials to manufacturing, you’re getting more without compromising the strength of the end product. We’ll look at why these boxes are so much better for the environment, and how you can improve your sustainability quotient just by making the switch.

Recycled and Recyclable

The paper used in a corrugated box might have once been a newspaper or a milk carton. What’s more, it’s not treated with any kind of dye or bleach when being made. Since it’s not heavily processed, it can then be recycled into just about any paper product.

Most people will only use a corrugated box once and then throw it away. After it’s done with its primary purpose, it can be reused again as a shipping container or moving box. Customers will store important documents in them, put sweaters in them during the summertime, or unfold them to protect their hardwood floors when repainting.

Their sturdy presence usually means that they’re often used until they’re at the end of its lifecycle. From there, they’re put into the recycling bin where they can be turned into something equally useful.


Corrugated cardboard is made up of mainly recycled materials. They can be made up of old wood chips, or other byproducts of manufacturing processes. If these boxes do require virgin materials, they rely on the wood from pine trees.

This timber is fast-growing and renewable, a perk for anyone concerned about the state of our forests. These trees can be replanted and tended to for as long as need be without damaging the external environment.

High Energy Savings

In the early 1990s, just over half of the US was recycling their cardboard. That number has jumped to more than 90% thanks to streamlined recycling efforts. This not only means that the overall stock of products has increased, but there’s also less transportation needed to make each batch of boxes.

They’re also excellent at protecting your products, meaning businesses have to use less cushioning for each shipment. Not only are you spending less on packaging materials, but you can also pack more into each shipment. Added up, that can all make a big impact on your carbon footprint.

The Express Packaging Promise

Express Packaging puts a heavy emphasis on our world, which is why we recycle nearly everything from our box materials. Corrugated fiberboard has the best longevity in the business bar-none. It’s inexpensive, durable, and able to be used in nearly every industry. If you’re looking to place a custom order for stock boxes, we’re here to help. Call us today to find out how you can improve your sustainability with just one practical change.