Environmental Sustainability As it Pertains to Today"s Global Packaging Industry

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Synopsis: *Abstract *Introduction *Definition *Corrugated Boxes *Corrugated & the Environment * Steps followed by corrugated industry to protect the Environment *Corrugated Industry Information * Recycling of correction * Summary and Conclusion Abstract: The aspect of this article is to reconcile the valuable roles played by packaging industry in today's Global Business and also to meet ambitious environmental goals and also it introduces the sustainable development and the Key ideas, such as the need to consider the packaging system as a whole and to consider the entire product's life cycle.
It considers the three elements of sustainability: the economic or commercial functions that packaging fulfils, and its social and environmental functions.
Introduction: Sustainability in the packaging domain.
Packaging is playing a vital key role in sustainable development.
However, its importance as an essential facilitator for the distribution, marketing and safe use of consumer, creates significant challenges for advancing sustainable development in packaging.
Definition: The aim of defining sustainable packaging is to explore the current connotation of sustainability for companies in the packaging supply chain and some of its key external stakeholders.
The stakeholder survey results in highlighting that defining terms such as 'sustainability' in relation to 'packaging' is difficult to comprehend by most Stakeholders.
Sustainability is a characteristic of a process or state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely.
Corrugated Boxes: It is a recognizable box.
It is made of paper and has an arched layer, called "fluting," between smooth sheets, called "liner.
"Many types of corrugated boxes are available, in different types, sizes and thickness.
Corrugated is an extremely durable, versatile, economical and lightweight material used for custom-manufactured shipping containers, packaging and point-of-purchase displays, in addition to numerous non-traditional applications.
Corrugated & the Environment: Corrugated, is frequently manufactured of recycled fiber, is often reused multiple times, and is recycled more than any other packaging material used today.
Cradle-to-grave environmental stewardship is a basic hallmark of corrugated production, from management of renewable resources, to responsible manufacturing processes, to widespread recovery and recycling.
Every step of the manufacturing process has been modified over the years to become more earth-friendly.
Steps followed by corrugated industry to protect the environment:
  • Recycling
  • Using earth-friendly inks
  • Eliminating impact on the ozone layer
  • Decreasing formaldehyde use
  • Diminishing waste water
  • Recycling box plant waste
  • Meeting health, safety and environmental packaging requirements
  • Practicing source reduction
Corrugated Industry Information:
  • The corrugated industry employs over 100,000 people throughout the world.
  • More than 1,600 manufacturing plants in the United States and Canada produce corrugated, making it readily available anywhere in North America.
  • Corrugated boxes allow products to circle the globe.
  • The corrugated industry contributes $25 billion to the U.
    S.
    and Canadian economies.
Recycling of corrugated: There are hundreds of waste paper dealers across the U.
S.
that buy old corrugated containers (OCC) and paper bags, and sell them to paper mills as raw material.
To sell your used corrugated, check the Yellow Pages under Waste Paper.
To get the best prices for your OCC and to ensure proper recycling, follow these guidelines:
  • Separate any contaminants from the corrugated, including strapping, plastic bags, Styrofoam, food waste or floor sweepings.
    Dealers pay the highest prices for clean corrugated.
  • Remove any boxes that cannot be recycled, especially those that are contaminated by toxic or hazardous materials.
    If it has been treated with plastic extrusions or laminates, wax coatings, etc.
    , it cannot be recycled (unless it is marked with the recyclable certification symbol which indicates the coating has been tested and proven recyclable):
  • Some dealers and mills will accept loose material, but large bales are generally preferred.
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS: Sustainability associated to product packaging systems is an abstract and complex concept, and one that is very much open to interpretation.
To be able to advance sustainable development in packaging, stakeholders need specific guidance as to how they can implement it into their daily business practice.
The traditional narrow focused paradigm of waste reduction and recycling is losing its validity within the context of packaging sustainability and a more holistic approach is essential to meet future community and industry challenges.
The Sustainable Packaging Alliance has taken the initiative to establish a draft, definition of sustainable packaging and is seeking international debate and comments with the aim to advancing the definition towards a globally accepted guidance framework.
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