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Packaging Sustainability in the U.S.

Packaging Sustainability A look at the growth and prominence of recycled packaging Recycled Packaging in the U.S. Research estimates that the packaging industry will be a 530 billion dollar industry by 2014 (a 23% increase from 2009). This remarkable growth will put the packaging industry in a position to increase efforts to improve the sustainability of its materials. 75.4% 72% That brought the recovered packaging average in 2011 to Paper 51% products Steel 38.9% 32.4% 23.8% A 2% increase from 2010. Aluminum 12.9% Glass Wood Plastics % of total recovered packaging in 2011 by material That's 38 million tons of recovered packing material! The equivalent of... 726 Full Titanics 61% 4 The majority of that 38 million tons comes from recovered paper products. IN FACT, 51% of consumers are more likely to buy products from companies who use recycled paper packaging. paper recovery has increased by SINCE 1990 Which brings us to corrugated packaging.. Corrugated Packaging in the U.S. Since 1993 we've seen a 91% recovered 37% That was 29 million tons in 2012 AKA: increase in corrugated enough recycled material to outweigh paper recovery in the U.S. 78 Empire State Buildings! 54% recovered 1993 2012 That is because Paper-based and corrugated packages are reused and recycled more than all other recycled materials combined. 95% Glass Plastic Steel Aluminum AND of all products in the U.S. are shipped in corrugated packages. O O0 Paper 00 This is because a single corrugated box fiber can be recycled... 6 Times 43% Not to mention of old corrugated boxes are used to make new containerboard. It takes 70% AND less energy to produce corrugated packages from recycled material vs. creating them from virgin materials. Sources Shurtape American Forest and Paper Association. EPA - Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States. Profiles in Garbage: Corrugated Boxes by Chaz Miller; Waste Age, November 2011. TRUE TO YOUR WORK Corrugated Packaging Alliance. AND

Packaging Sustainability in the U.S.

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91% of corrugated packaging is recovered for recycling, making it the most recycled packaging material. With the use of recycled packaging materials on the rise, be sure to use the a packaging tape t...






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