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When choosing a packaging type for transporting your products, the environmental footprint and ease of recycling of that packaging is an important consideration for your business as well as the retailer and end-user. Here are three reasons to choose recyclable corrugated packaging for transporting your produce to market:

1. Made with Sustainable Materials

Essentially made from paper, corrugated packaging is one of the most natural packaging materials in existence and also the most lightweight. To make corrugated packaging, wood pulp undergoes a chemical process that breaks down the fibers. These fibers are then used to make the paper that is used in our fiberboard boxes.

In the United States of America, the timber used for producing corrugated is generally sourced from certified sustainable forests similar to the ones managed by FGS. These forests are planted with several different species to ensure biodiversity and a healthy habitat for animals. They are harvested gradually and are promptly replanted to ensure timber and habitat for future generations.

To reduce our reliance on virgin timber and close the recycling loop, corrugated fiberboard is often made from recycled paper products that can make up 30–100 percent of the finished material.

2. Biodegradable Glues, Waxes, and Dyes

When people ask the question “can you recycle corrugated fiberboard,” they are often concerned about the ingredients used in the box’s binding agents and treatments. Fortunately, newer formulas have enabled us to manufacture corrugated fiberboard boxes using cornstarch adhesives, natural wax, and environmentally-friendly dyes that break down easily in the corrugated box recycling process.

3. 100% Recyclable

Compressed corrugated cardboard boxes compressed for recycling

Biodegradable materials and modern technology make it easier than ever to recycle your corrugated packaging. According to Recyclebank®, removing the packing tape and labels from corrugated boxes before recycling is generally not necessary, as the tape will either be removed by workers at the recycling plant or will come away naturally when the box is soaked and the paper converted into a pulp slurry.

Before recycling your corrugated fiberrboard, consider reusing the boxes or offering them to customers for packing their shopping and/or to anyone who is moving house. Once the box has reached the end of its life, simply collapse it down and separate it for recycling.

Lower Your Footprint by Choosing Fruit Growers Supply

At Fruit Growers Supply, we have been innovating effective and environmentally-friendly fruit-packing solutions since 1907 and are proud to have developed a state-of-the-art corrugated plant in Ontario, California.

In addition to doing our bit for the environment by manufacturing recyclable corrugated cardboard and managing our very own Sustainable Forest Initiative-certified timberlands, we are reducing our overall footprint by ensuring an almost error-proof system that does not generate waste through careless manufacturing errors. Our corrugated machinery is computerized to make sure that each batch of boxes is cut and glued to your exact specifications. This means less timber going to waste and better value for money!

Now that you know all about the sustainability of corrugated fiberboard and how you can recycle it, we invite you to contact our team to learn more about how our corrugated packaging options can reduce your business’s environmental impact today.

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