This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot – including the way we will celebrate the holidays. The new mantra of mass media and retailers alike advises consumers to shop and ship early. That means all eyes are on the supply chain. The good news is retailers and consumers can count on corrugated packaging to make those happy holiday deliveries.
This month marks the one-year anniversary of “Boxes. The Most Extraordinary Ordinary Thing in the World”.
As a manufacturing sector, wood products including corrugated packaging, rely on trees harvested from managed forests as a renewable raw material source. We need both new and recycled fibers to maintain a balanced circular system.
Rachel talks about the reason pizza lovers have one more reason to feel good about embracing pizza night. It is now official and agreed on – pizza boxes are recyclable. She also shares how FBA is doing our part to promote this great news through advertising and social media efforts.
The manufacturers of corrugated cardboard boxes are working to keep transport packaging flowing to makers of essential products including packaging for food and other consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical products, tissue and hygiene products and more amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The corrugated packaging industry has released a new video in celebration of America Recycles Day. The video celebrates the everyday delivery of corrugated cardboard packaging to consumers’ homes, takes viewers inside a box plant to show how boxes are made, and encourages consumers’ role in the recycling process.
“Boxes. The Most Extraordinary Ordinary Thing in the World.” The corrugated packaging industry today unveils a new look and feel for its promotion program, updated to reflect evolving market trends like e-commerce, printing…
The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) released a new life cycle assessment (LCA) of produce packaging which shows neither corrugated containers nor reusable plastic containers (RPC), have an advantage in all environmental impact categories.
Corrugated packaging and recycling industry groups recently met to review recommendations for increasing residential recovery of old corrugated containers (OCC). The recommendations are a result of research conducted by RRS for the Fibre Box Association (FBA).
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.
Periodic testing performed to a protocol designed by food safety, microbiology and toxicology experts from the University of California-Davis and Haley & Aldrich, and sponsored by the corrugated industry confirms corrugated containers used to transport fresh produce are safe and clean.
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.
Through the eyes of your customers, your primary package today might be cartons, displays, or even shipping boxes.
Fibre Box Association Column: Temperature, time testing proves corrugation process destroys bacteria
Read a featured article on the cleanliness of corrugated packaging in Packaging Strategies.
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.
Read a featured article on digital printing and corrugated packaging in packagePRINTING.
Sun Chemical and Fibre Box Association to Co-Sponsor “Reimagining Brand Communication” Event Prior to Brandemonium 2017
Just prior to Brandemonium 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sun Chemical and the Fibre Box Association (FBA) will co-sponsor a special event called “Reimagining Brand Communication” on October 9th from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the American Sign Museum.
Read a featured article on corrugated packaging in Packaging Strategies.
Read a featured article on corrugated packaging’s efforts of embracing sustainability initiatives in Packaging Strategies.
The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) today released a new U.S. corrugated industry life cycle assessment (LCA), which shows the corrugated industry’s environmental progress.
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.
A new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) published by IFCO, a provider of reusable plastic containers (RPCs), attempts to discredit the corrugated packaging industry for having the highest recovery rate of any packaging system in America.
The publication of third-party, peer-reviewed research in a recent edition of the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B supports the corrugated industry’s commitment to science and facts when communicating about packaging materials.
The Fibre Box Association (FBA) is pleased to announce its partnering with corrugated industry suppliers to launch a five-year Corrugated Industry Promotion Program beginning in January 2017.
New scientific work explains why corrugated packaging outperforms returnable plastic containers (RPCs) when it comes to micro-biological contamination.
The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) today announced that advancements in papermaking technology and the availability of high-quality fiber have made it possible to reuse more old corrugated containers (OCC) in the manufacturing process while at the same time maintaining the strength characteristics of new boxes.
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.
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.
New scientific research indicates that corrugated packaging keeps fruit fresher and safer than reusable plastic crates (RPCs) and can significantly reduce contamination from transferred microorganisms.
The U.S. recovery rate of old corrugated containers (OCC) rose by 3.7 percentage points in 2015 to a record-high 92.9 percent. The increase was driven by a 3.5 percent increase in domestic consumption of recovered fiber and a 10.6 percent jump in OCC exports.
“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.”
A new study shows the process of combining linerboard and medium to make corrugated packaging is sufficient to destroy common food pathogens, effectively meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) requirements for chemical sanitizers.
Food Safety News reports:
New research continues to demonstrate that typical cleaning doesn’t actually sanitize the reusable plastic containers (RPCs) used to transport fruits, vegetables, poultry and other foods.
A new study shows more corrugated boxes are shipped with recyclable alternative coatings than are shipped using traditional wax coatings for the first time since the introduction of the corrugated industry’s recyclability protocol in 2005.
Dr. Trevor Suslow, a produce safety specialist at the department of plant sciences at the University of California-Davis, shares the results of recent package cleanliness studies and his perspective on minimizing the microbiological risks of multi-use containers.
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.
A new series of studies conducted independently by the University of Arkansas’ Department of Food Science points to a potential avenue for contamination from bacterial residue sometimes found in reusable plastic containers.
Reusable plastic containers used to transport large amounts of fruits and vegetables to grocery stores can continue to harbor potentially harmful bacteria directly on their surfaces, even after undergoing industry-standard cleaning and sanitizing, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Arkansas and WBA Analytical Laboratories.
Testing and analysis conducted by the University of California-Davis and toxicology experts Haley & Aldrich investigating the cleanliness of corrugated shipping containers confirmed that all corrugated containers tested met acceptable sanitation levels.
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.
Reusable plastic containers used by farmers to ship fresh produce from farms to grocery stores have gained wide usage in the last decade, but two studies – one in Canada and one in the U.S. – have found serious problems with the general sanitation and cleanliness of those containers, raising concerns about possible food safety risks.
Two recent studies of bacteria on reusable plastic containers — both sponsored by corrugated carton groups — question the cleaning process used on RPCs before they enter the supply chain again.
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.
The Produce News UC-Davis study backs up earlier findings that RPC process could harbor contaminants
While the produce industry and the federal government have made great strides in protecting the nation’s food supply with steps like the Produce Traceability Initiative and the Food Safety Modernization Act, a new study from the University of California-Davis suggests reusable plastic containers may represent a backdoor for contamination.
The Fibre Box Association (FBA) and the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) have released a statement in support of a new Canadian study which states that Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) used to ship produce fall short of safety standards for the second consecutive year.
The corrugated industry life cycle analysis revealed major improvements in environmental performance from 2006 to 2010. A new infographic summarizes the top-line information contained in the report.