The Environmental Benefits of Using Corrugated Cardboard Packaging

It’s important to realise that consumers today are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impact their purchasing decisions have on the planet and both government and corporate are now being mandated to source eco-friendly solutions where possible.

Kimberley Watson Packaging are committed to providing eco-friendly corrugated cardboard packaging solutions to their customers in a bid to drive down the planets carbon footprint and reduce waste. Our packaging solutions are environmentally friendly being the only packaging material manufactured from a renewable source and the perfect alternative to other packaging products like polystyrene loosefill or plastic blister packs.

100% Recyclable Corrugated Cardboard Packaging Solutions

Even though paper based packaging seems like it would have a negative impact on the environment it is actually quite the opposite. Paper is one of the most recycled products in the world and in the UK 84% of the 2 million tonnes of fibreboard produced each year is recycled into new packaging.

Recycling One Ton of Paper Can Save

17 trees

7,000 gallons of water

380 gallons of oil

3.3 cubic yards of landfill space

4,000 kilowatts of energy (enough to power your house for six months)

1 metric ton of carbon waste saved

The trees used in the process are grown in sustainable forests. Sustainable forests are carefully managed so that trees that are felled are replaced by new seedlings. Great care is taken to preserve the surrounding natural wildlife and they are commonly used as leisure areas for people to enjoy.

Another added “green” benefit of corrugated cardboard packaging is it can be manufactured in its raw state without the need to add any bleaches or dyes in the process. This not only keeps our water systems clean and free of pollutants, but makes it biodegradable and can be disposed of more efficiently than other types of products.

Energy Efficient

As the materials for making corrugated packaging can be sourced locally it reduces the cost to the environment of transporting and shipping the materials from their point of origin to the manufacturing plants. There is quite a large cost to the environment in transportation due to burning fossil fuels. Every year the EU imports around 500 million barrels (€60bn) of oil to fuel its lorry fleet. If you then add air transport, tyres, vehicle noise and much more, you can soon see that recycled corrugated cardboard packaging is a sensible choice.

The light weight of paper based packaging also helps reduce emissions as every extra kilo has a knock on effect to the transportation carbon footprint cost. Corrugated cardboard packaging is made from arched paper sandwiched between two liners, known as fluting, and is essentially paper filled with air, yet still it keeps the contents safe as it is very strong and resilient.

If you are looking for both cost effective and environmentally friendly packaging then you should consider Kimberley Watson corrugated cardboard for your freight.

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