Recycled packaging is packaging made of materials that can be used again, usually after processing.
Recyclable materials include glass, metal, card, paper and – increasingly – certain plastics. However, by far the most common form of recycled / recyclable packaging is corrugated cardboard.
Whilst materials such as glass and metals will eventually break down over time, the most common form of biodegradable packaging is paper based material such as card and corrugated. This reduces the environmental footprint of the material, with corrugated recycling also aiding environmental conservation by preserving natural resources (due to the reuse percentage when considering the production of new cardboard products).
Finally, and owing to the percentage of corrugated that is successfully recycled, the amount of energy required for manufacturing corrugated packaging is vastly reduced. Effectively it means very few additional materials and energy is required to manufacture new corrugated material (and in turn the cardboard packaging it becomes). By extension, plastic free office reduces environmental impact and pollution.
All of this adds up to ensure that by choosing to use corrugated packaging (if designed and engineered correctly), we are committing to an environmentally friendly solution that does not sacrifice performance or aesthetics.
Environmental advantages of corrugated cardboard are:
1. Can be recycled up to 7 times before fibers become too weak
2. Minimizes waste sent to landfill
3. Fully biodegradable if sent to landfill
4. Leads to careful management of forests (renewable materials)
5. Recycling reduces materials / energy required for manufacturing new packaging
Many businesses like office supplies are beginning to explore the possibilities of switching to fully recyclable packaging solutions. This may mean avoiding or completely eliminating the use of plastics, films, foams and other types of void fill (e.g. pellets, air sacks etc.).
Corrugated cardboard is surprisingly versatile and can be engineered to provide surprising amounts of strength and durability in the supply chain. The Green Stationery Company suggests that it is also possible to create integrated or standalone inserts and cradles that can effectively replace foam or polystyrene in certain applications.
Business Name: Green Stationery
Address: 2 Cleveland Terrace, Bath, BA1 5DF
Phone No.: 01225 480556