18 Jun Why We Should Use Less Cardboard
A Cardboard Facts Study in America
* It takes approximately 50 times more water to recycle cardboard than it does to recycle plastic. Recycling cardboard boxes requires massive amounts of water and energy in order de-ink, bleach, re-pulp, and breakdown the paper.
* In a 1989 comparison study between paper and plastic, the Society of Plastics found that it takes 4 times the amount of energy to produce paper versus plastic. It also takes 91% less energy to recycle a pound of plastic versus a pound of paper.
* According to the Federal Office of the Environment, paper production generates 50 times more water pollutants and 70% more air pollutants than production of plastic.
* According to the American Forest and Paper Association in 2008 the average person in the US added 220 lbs of paper waste to our landfills.
* The average American household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail.
* Cardboard breaks down and creates methane when sent to landfill, a greenhouse gas 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
So, how about us in Australia?
Imagine the number of trees we could save if the whole world recycled and used less cardboard materials.
We can try to buy products with less packaging, and ask suppliers to use less or take back their cardboard packaging. As business owners, it may be worth checking out manufacturers who use less cardboard in their packing, or informing them that you need to receive products with less nonessential cardboard packaging and encouraging them to scale back the waste.
As consumers, our purchasing power carries lots of weight with producers and manufacturers. If we use our spending power to influence providers, a lot can be accomplished, especially in the area of cardboard waste prevention.
Koala Box is providing multipurpose extra-strong plastic packing boxes as our contribution in reducing the cardboard waste in Australia. Obviously, we cannot stop packing products, so the viable solution left is to reuse/recycle the produced cardboards while smartly take the opportunity to shift towards the more sustainable packaging material.