Corrugated packaging offers many benefits compared to alternative substrates, one of the most significant is its contribution to protecting the environment. Yes, corrugated material is recyclable. Additionally, many of the corrugated boxes on the market right now are likely reused in some way, making this type of packaging a sustainable option in more ways than one. Here’s a look into why corrugated boxes are the environmentally-conscious choice.
Environmental Benefits of Custom Made Corrugated Boxes
Corrugated Packaging is Derived from Renewable Resources
Corrugated packaging is largely sourced from fast-growing, sustainably harvested trees. The forests that most corrugated packaging comes from are properly managed so that trees are respectfully replenished over time to continue cultivating on a cyclical basis.
Recycle and Reuse
Virgin material is often used to create corrugated boxes, but keep in mind that much of today’s packaging consists of some – if not all – recycled material. In fact, current estimates on most corrugated packaging options state that the average box consists of anywhere from 70 to 100 percent recycled material.
Corrugated packages can be just as easily reused around the home for storage containers, packaging gifts, and more. In fact, it’s estimated that most corrugated boxes are re-purposed at least once before they are recycled.
Corrugated boxes have the same structural integrity as cardboard packaging, but with less weight. This helps delivery trucks achieve better fuel economy by hauling just as much material at a lesser weight. In fact, in 2014, the average weight for corrugated material was about 131.6 pounds per 1,000 square feet. In 2017, this number dropped to 125.5 pounds per 1,000 square feet of material.
While reduced corrugated weight may not have a huge direct impact on a company’s bottom line, it does have an environmental trickle-down effect when it comes to fewer carbon emissions and other transportation-related contaminants entering the atmosphere.
Corrugated boxes can easily fold down and be put away in the warehouse, truck, shop, and home, making them convenient to store. This also makes them easy to ship, as you’re able to load a lot of broken-down boxes onto trucks in a space-saving fashion to get them to their destination. The fewer trucks you need to deliver packaging materials, the better it is for the environment. The space-saving nature of corrugated makes a difference.
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For more information on the environmental benefits of custom made corrugated packaging, contact Express Packaging today. At Express Packaging, we’re standing by, ready to meet your custom corrugated box needs.