FBA announces new industry video

Each year, nearly 38 billion corrugated packages safely protect and ship food, clothing and everyday essentials for delivery to millions of domestic and worldwide customers. Watch the journey of the corrugated ‘cardboard’ box in this new video: Corrugated Packages – Safely delivering goods to customers worldwide.

Progress continues in replacing waxed corrugated boxes

A new study shows continued progress in the replacement of traditional wax coatings on corrugated boxes. Since the introduction of the corrugated industry’s recyclability protocol in 2005, use of wax has steadily dropped off.  In 2016, the corrugated industry shipped less than 10 billion square feet of waxed boxes, just 2.5 percent of total shipments.

FBA Publishes New Sales Brochure

The Fibre Box Association is pleased to announce the publication of a new industry produce sales brochure. The brochure has been designed to promote the benefits of corrugated packaging for use in fresh produce supply chains.

The science of fruit packaging: South Africa leads the way

Stellenbosch University is acknowledged as a world leader in research on optimising packaging design for the fruit industry. Prof Linus Opara spoke to farmer’s weekly about the university’s achievements in this regard, as well as the latest trends in the field. He mentions using collapsible plastic containers instead of corrugated fibreboard cartons for packaging poses a challenge to logistics and creates health concerns.

Corrugated Packaging – A Recycling Success Story

Corrugated packaging has a track record miles ahead of any other packaging material’s recovery and re-use rates. But it didn’t happen overnight. It took a prolonged and focused effort that should be viewed as an example to improve recycling rates for other packaging materials.

New Infographic Chronicles Corrugated Recycling Growth

The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) today released a new infographic depicting the twenty-year growth in recovery of corrugated materials for recycling. Corrugated “cardboard” is recycled more than any other packaging material in the U.S.

IFCO Report Uses Inaccurate Data for Corrugated Containers

“We have been reluctant to comment on IFCO’s latest LCA without having access to the actual report that identifies the boundaries, key assumptions and methodologies used in the study. Transparency is a key LCA requirement and publishing the full facts allows them to be fairly and accurately understood”, said CPA Executive Director Dennis Colley. “We are disappointed in the approach used by IFCO to announce the report’s findings.”

Shipping in corrugated containers saves 10.4 percent annually

A new study quantifies sizeable added costs for shipping onions from grower to retailer in reusable plastic containers (RPCs) vs. corrugated containers. Actual data provided by a large onion grower confirmed that using RPCs instead of corrugated containers increased their annual shipping costs by 10.4 percent system-wide.

FBA Forces IFCO Website Change

Recently the Fibre Box Association (FBA) sent a cease and desist letter to IFCO resulting in IFCO’s removal of misleading and/or untrue statements about the recovery of corrugated packaging on their website.

Wax Corrugated Falls Below 3 Percent

A new study shows the corrugated industry continues to dramatically decrease its use of wax coatings. In 2013, the industry used 39 percent less wax than in 2002, when wax usage was first measured.