By Matt Ruggle
Most people assume that because cardboard is a paper product that it automatically means that it’s environmentally unfriendly. On the contrary – most cardboard boxes these days are made from post-consumer recycled materials, and can be recycled again after use. Recycling processes have improved dramatically over the decades and are now much more much efficient than many people realize. Take a look, for example, at this video of how to recycle paper in your own home.
Additionally, cardboard boxes are generally easier to ship, since they are usually cuboids (rectangular prisms) and can stack neatly in trucks with little to no wasted space. Shipping packages by trucks is typically one of the harshest blows to the environment businesses make, contributing significant amounts of air pollution to the regions they operate in. Optimized shipping efficiency – i.e. fewer truck hauls – makes a big stride toward reducing air pollution. Cuboid-shaped boxes help improve the truck-loading process, which results in fewer separate deliveries from trucks, which reduces the pollution.
Even if a business doesn’t typically ship products far and wide, selling their products in the same place they make them, there are usually product containers involved. Ordering cardboard boxes over irregularly-shaped plastic containers can help reduce the shipping effort, since cardboard boxes can lie flat, allowing trucks to haul more items per shipment.
Furthermore, when not properly recycled, cardboard will biodegrade much, much faster than plastics or metals, easing the burden on landfills.
Environmental impact is a complex web of interconnected causes and effects. Despite what some people may say, cardboard boxes may be the most environmentally-friendly method of packing, shipping, and storing products. Custom Boxes Now! is dedicated to responsibility in all aspects of our business, and that includes our environmental impact.
We’ve written about recycling before; read more:
- Corrugated Cardboard Shipping Boxes – We Choose Paper
- The Recycled Content and Recyclability of Our Corrugated Shipping Boxes
And, as always, if you’re interested in custom boxes for your business, please do not hesitate to contact us!