Environmental Impact Of Cardboard

21/11/2023  50 Views




Plastic is our least preferred type of packaging as it has terrible consequences on the environment and endangers our health. Cardboard is easily accessible and regularly considered an eco-friendly alternative. It comes from a renewable source; it is biodegradable, recyclable, and isn't full of harmful chemicals like plastic. But, like most things, cardboard has a few issues of its own, and we'll look at its environmental impact in this article.





                     Pile of cardboard boxes

        Cardboard is made from paper but is much thicker and sturdier than regular writing or printing paper. We widely use it to package food and clothing and ship larger, delicate items. Cardboard comes in varying thicknesses and structures. The most evident distinction between the different types of cardboard is corrugated cardboard and chip or paper board. 

                                                                            Recycled and Recyclable

The U.S. recovers about 70% of all corrugated cardboard boxes for recycling; it makes up the bulk of paper recycling. In 2018, the U.S. recycled 46 million tons of paper and cardboard, which was the highest recycled material that year.


The Carton Federation of France says that the country recycles 93.5% of its corrugated cardboard waste. In France, 80% of the materials for corrugated cardboard come from recycled paper, and another 14% are sawmill by-products, like sawdust and woodchips.  Many other manufacturers across the globe use recycled materials for cardboard cartons, too.  

                                                                                   Non Toxic Production

Cardboard boxes and shipping cartons are usually processed without bleach because they don't need to be pristine white. According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, over 97% of corrugated cardboard boxes have non-toxic water-based printing.


Cardboard is biodegradable and can be used as compost material. So, when you have a piece of cardboard that is not recyclable or reusable, you can compost it. Unlike plastic, it won't break down after 100 years into toxic microfibers.


                                                                                   Key Observation:

                    Hence It Is Very True That The Corrugated Boxes Which Are Used For PAckaging Purpose Are Very Environment Friendly Compared To Plastic Packagiing Material.



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