Due to its raw material (wood-based) origin, corrugated fiberboard has a net-zero environmental impact, and significantly reduces the overall carbon footprint of a containerboard mill. However, corrugated fiberboard does contribute to the Global Warming Potential (GWP) when it isn’t properly discarded, such as when it ends up in a landfill. The ensuing anaerobic decomposition releases a combination of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere in amounts that cause harm to the environment.
There are ways to further decrease corrugated packaging’s carbon footprint. Some suggested methods include:
• Divert corrugated fiberboard from winding up in landfills or other types of dumping grounds during end-of-life stages
• Increase corrugated recycling and recovery
• Increase the use of bio-based fuels for containerboard production and conversion
The industry is making great strides to improve corrugated recovery, and increase our use of biogenic fuels. In fact, with the recovery and reuse of almost 80% of all manufactured corrugated goods, corrugated fiberboard has one of the best recycling records on earth – compared with other packaging materials. Click here to learn more.