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Corrugated Packaging: A Necessary Product That’s Naturally Sustainable

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The Fibre Box Association (FBA) recently released March box shipment statistics. They show a 9 percent increase in shipments and a 5.7 percent increase in total containerboard production compared to March 2019.

“In these uncertain times, the corrugated packaging industry was designated as ‘essential and critical’ in both Canada and the USA,” said Mary Alice Drain, director of technical services at FBA. “Corrugated products help deliver essential goods like food, pharmaceuticals and emergency supplies that people depend on. The industry can be proud of our product’s ability to get the job done. But we can also be proud that they do it sustainably—good for our economy and good for the Earth.”
The industry’s long-standing commitment to recovery efforts and sustainability has positioned it as “the” recycling success story.

“Our recycling track record is miles ahead of any other packaging material. (See USEPA’s latest, Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures, page 73.) Our recovery rate has been over 75 percent since 1998 and hovered near or over 90 percent for the past eight years (2011-2018),” Drain said.

Made from a sustainably managed renewable resource, reusable and recyclable corrugated packaging comes full circle every day. From efficient use of managed forest lands to sustainable practices during board and box manufacture to high recovery rates that put fiber back into our system, corrugated packaging is truly circular by nature, she said.

Earth Day, which was recently celebrated, “is a great reminder to reflect on society’s impact on the Earth and think of ways that we can improve the environment for future generations. I have some thoughts … continue to choose boxes to transport your products and recycle the corrugated cardboard boxes that arrive on your doorstep. You can be proud that you are doing your part to help the Earth, too,” Drain said.

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