Corrugated Life Cycle Assessment

The corrugated industry is working hard to reduce the industry’s supply chain impact on the environment. See the progress we’ve made below.


35% Reduction in GHG Emissions Between 2006 and 2014

The corrugated industry released its third life cycle assessment report in June 2017 measuring and documenting the cradle-to-cradle environmental impact of corrugated packaging manufactured in 2014. The new study builds on the first-ever U.S. corrugated-industry LCA, released In 2010 and its update released in 2014.

Information about the new study results is available below:

  • News Release – Corrugated Industry Extends Record of Environmental Progress
  • LCA 2017 Executive Summary – A PDF document that includes graphs and diagrams detailing the study findings. (Downloadable PDF)
  • 2017 Full LCA Report – The entire technical report detailing the life-cycle assessment study for a 1-kg. industry-average corrugated product. (Downloadable PDF)
  • 2017 LCA Infographic
  • 2017 Webinar Slides and Recording
  • Carbon Calculator – Estimates the carbon footprint, non-renewable energy and renewable energy associated with the life cycle of your corrugated container, based on weight.

2014 & 2010 LCA results:


More corrugated packaging is recovered for recycling than any other packaging material.

Corrugated Recycles @ 93% in 2016