100% Recycled Paperboard: Sustainable Packaging
Caliper for caliper, 100% recycled paperboard is functionally equivalent to virgin grades of paperboard and provides tremendous value from a performance and consumer preference perspective, as well as being the environmentally friendly choice. 100% coated recycled paperboard (CRB) and 100% uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) are made from 100% recovered fiber. CRB and URB are also 100% compostable and 100% biodegradable.
Following are a few facts that packagers should know about the environmental benefits of 100% recycled paperboard:
- Fourteen trees are saved for each ton of paperboard converted to 100% recycled paperboard from virgin. Trees are critical to the sequestration (absorption) of CO2 (an identified greenhouse gas) in North America.
- For each ton of paperboard converted to 100% recycled paperboard, an equal amount of recovered fiber has been diverted from municipal landfills.
- The 100% recycled paperboard industry is the primary purchaser of OCC (old corrugated cartons). This recovered fiber from retail stores and industrial sources is converted into 100% recycled paperboard and ultimately into packaging.
- Production of 100% recycled paperboard uses 50 percent less energy compared to virgin grades of paperboard, thus significantly reducing the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.
All representations made regarding the environmental benefits of 100% recycled paperboard are governed by FTC environmental guidelines. All claims made by RPA-100% regarding the environmental benefits of CRB/URB are in strict compliance with these guidelines.