Corrugated is Sustainable
Corrugated packaging is renewable. The journey of the corrugated box begins in a sustainably-managed forest. There, certified foresters and loggers harvest just enough trees to make packages. And for each tree harvested, three more are planted to take its place. Corrugated cardboard is a renewable resource harvested as a crop.
Corrugated boxes are made with three main, natural ingredients: tree fiber, water, and starch. Our crops are trees, we just have a longer growing cycle. We can plant that same crop on a piece of land to produce the fiber, and once that’s done, we can use that land again to repeat the process.
Some similar principles of regenerative agriculture are the principles behind sustainable forestry. When a crop of trees—a forest—is planted, it’s supporting the soil and biodiversity, which supports sustainable watersheds and a healthier ecosystem. The tree farming practice allows them to grow, take in CO2, and get rid of greenhouse gas emissions.
An American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) white paper provides an overview of sustainable forestry and forest certification programs in the United States. It is intended to serve as a general reference document, providing third-party factual information for forest product company employees, customers, the general public and other interested stakeholders. Click here to access the white paper.