Biodegradable vs 100% Recycled Corrugated
Updated: May 22
Biodegradable seems to be the buzz word these days, although many of the products that claim to be easily decomposed are not. This is largely due to the fact that up until very recently there were no hard-fast rules, guidelines or regulations for products and many manufacturers were calling their plastics and laundry detergents biodegradable, when they were not.
Biodegradable packaging is one of the new trends for green living. As we focus on making sure more and more of what we toss out is biodegradable.
The benefit of biodegradable products are usually compostable and arguably cut down on landfill however there is a debate as to how beneficial they actually are for the environment. In short, it may be too simplistic to say that biodegradable is good and non-biodegradable is bad.
100% Recycled packaging.
If you’re thinking about using 100% recycled corrugated, here’s how it might help your business support responsible sourcing while also considering the environment.
The main environmental advantage of 100% recycled corrugated boxes is that they are made from recycled paper and can be recycled again after they have been used. Additionally, nearly all 100% recycled corrugated packaging is made without color-changing dyes or by bleaching the product, which makes it so it can be disposed of more ecologically. 100% recycled corrugated is manufactured from paper pulp and is predominately made from the fast-growing pine tree timber but can also be created from wood chips and leftover materials from a range of paper-making processes.
100% recycled corrugated can also be reused as is, helping to further reduce packaging costs, saving energy and the environment all in one.
In today’s marketplace, most companies are creating and utilizing cartons that are exactly the right size for their products. Having these boxes be the right size and not larger allows there to be less space wasted in storing and often times better rates on shipping – thus reducing a company’s carbon-footprint through storage, manufacturing of the cartons and shipping.
In our throw-away culture, there is a high need to create materials that can be recycled and or biodegradable.