Focus on Sustainability

For over a century the corrugated industry has built a business philosophy dedicated to responsibility, from worker safety to economic viability and environmental stewardship.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Sustainability is based on a simple principle. Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.”

Economic Focus

Corrugated packaging is cost-effective. Corrugated packaging is lightweight, lowering freight & handling costs with fewer trucks, less fuel and lower emissions. 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. Learn more here. Topics include:

Responsibly managed corrugated packaging is good for the planet

Corrugated is 100% Renewable and Recyclable*

*Recyclable unless treated with wet strength, coated or impregnated with petroleum-based wax.

Recycling Focus

More corrugated packaging is recovered for recycling than any other packaging material. The recovery rate for old corrugated containers (OCC) has hovered around 90 percent for years. Learn all about corrugated recycling here. Topics include:


Renewable Focus

Corrugated packaging is renewable. The journey of the corrugated box begins in a sustainably-managed forest. There, certified foresters and loggers harvest just enough trees to make packages. And for each tree harvested, three more are planted to take its place. Corrugated packaging is a completely renewable resource: environmentally responsible, recyclable and compostable. The corrugated packaging industry is committed to helping customers find responsible packaging solutions – to make products that are more sustainable. Find some facts on the renewability of corrugated packaging here.


U.S. forests & forest products store enough carbon each year to offset approximately


of the nation’s CO2 emissions
source: Fibre Box Association

Corrugated Life Cycle Assessment

The corrugated industry is constantly working to improve our environmental progress. In June 2017, the industry released its third life cycle assessment report 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. Find more information on the Life Cycle Assessments here.

Comparative Life Cycle Assessment

The corrugated industry has completed a comparative life cycle assessment (LCA) study to bring a scientifically robust and transparent environmental assessment of corrugated containers and reusable plastic containers (RPC) to the produce industry and the public.
The LCA compares the environmental impact from extraction of raw materials to end-of-life for the two commonly-used produce container systems across eight of the highest volume produce items. Find more information on the results of the comparative life cycle assessment here.