Corrugated: Economically Sustainable.
Economic results can start with green ideas.
Green for the environment – while keeping budgets in the black. Corrugated packaging is lightweight, lowering shipping costs while providing maximum product protection. Custom package designs also can work for both shipping and point of sale display, reducing materials use and lowering production costs.
Businesses worldwide rely on corrugated packaging: In 2010, the industry produced more than 357.3 billion square feet of material, used to make packages for safe shipment of food, clothing and durable goods to millions of customers around the world.
Corrugated is cost-effective and reliable, while attracting eco-conscious customers who prefer to choose sustainably packaged products. It's the responsible choice that pays off.
Sustainable business practices and products are managed with responsible attention to their long-term economic viability, social contribution and environmental impact – a three-pronged balance that forms the foundation of the "sustainability" concept. Corrugated packaging is no exception, but does deliver historically exceptional value in each of the three categories. Economically, corrugated has always been a cost leader in efficiency and utilization.
The corrugated business has been flourishing for over 100 years, through economic good times and bad - because cost-effective packaging and shipping containers are always needed protect the products that keep our economy running. In addition:
- Corrugated is sourced, manufactured, converted, sold and distributed domestically and exported in the U.S.
- Its raw material resource - trees and their byproducts - is renewable with a long-term, sustainable supply assured by responsible forest management practices.
- Corrugated is the most cost-efficient packaging material available for most products. Studies have borne this out.
- Because corrugated is engineered to be lightweight and strong, it is economical to ship.
- The value of industry shipments increased to $26.4 billion in 2012.
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