Corrugated cardboard and the environmental benefits
Ever consider the environmental impact of packaging?
Most of us do.
In a 2021 study by Statista, 82% of people in the UK and 80% of people worldwide stated their shopping habits were influenced by whether a product’s packaging was plastic free.
Fifty, twenty, or even ten years ago, customers would wander into a shop and browse without a moment’s thought on whether a product’s packaging was harmful to the environment.
Today, much like how we once drove cars without seatbelts and footballers smoked cigarettes at half-time, throwing away so much single-use plastic seems… somewhat short-sighted.
The world is more environmentally conscious today than ever before, and it’s affecting our shopping habits as well as our businesses.
ASC Direct is proud to be a part of the change.
Here’s how our corrugated cardboard helps the environment.
Our Box Builder Reduces Waste
Unique to ASC Direct is our Box Builder.
This is a feature on our website which allows you to type in the exact dimensions of any type of cardboard box you need.
First you choose the style of the box, then the length, width, depth, and strength, and finally the colour and quantity.
What does this mean for the environment?
It means far, far less cardboard going to waste per package, and less energy used to create further cardboard.
When you specify every aspect of the type of box you need, you can make sure that whatever product you’re packaging is secured neatly inside – no need for it to jangle around inside a box three times its size.
Our corrugated Cardboard is Sourced from an FSC Certified Paper Supplier
If you’ve not come across the acronym before, the FSC is the Forest Stewardship Council.
They’re an international non-profit organisation, and work to ensure responsible management of the world’s forests by governments and businesses alike.
This notably includes maintaining the biodiversity of forests, which is essential for the support of entire food-chains and ecosystems; it’s not enough to simply replace any trees cut down with one single species.
Biodiversity is key to a flourishing forest.
If a company is FSC Certified, this means the council has inspected the forests they are using for resources, and has agreed the management of the forest is renewable and sustainable, as well as economically and socially beneficial.
This includes trees, of course, but also native wildlife and any people who make their homes within the forests.
In short, our supplier being FSC Certified means the paper we use for cardboard is obtained in an ethical and environmentally friendly manner.
Our Corrugated Cardboard is Recyclable
We’re always working on refining the processes by which we create our cardboard to ensure it’s as efficient as possible.
We recycle any waste materials created during the box-making process, and anything that can’t be used again in our production process is recycled to make new paper.
In this way, we aim to protect the environment, while also keeping any potential wastefulness to an absolute minimum.
In addition, we encourage our customers to reuse and recycle our boxes, which helps to keep any environmental impact as low as possible.
Recycled corrugated cardboard keeps its strength
Thanks to the process by which we recycle our materials, there is no loss of durability when recycling.
Here are the stages of what happens to recycled cardboard:
Sorting and shredding
Different kinds of cardboard are recycled in different ways, so separating them before the process begins is crucial. Once sorted, the cardboard is shredded.
The shredded cardboard is then mixed with water in large tanks, and is broken down into pulp.
At this stage, the pulp likely contains elements that got mixed up with the cardboard, such as staples and sellotape. Several different tricks of the trade are used to remove these, including large magnets.
Drying and Pressing
The pulp will then be pressed, rolled and heated, until the water is completely evaporated and a shape begins to take form.
When the pulp has dried, it is in the form of enormous rolls. These can then be cut and layered to turn it into cardboard – ready to start the process all over again!
Our Corrugated Cardboard is Completely Biodegradable
For a piece of corrugated cardboard to decay completely and be reclaimed by the environment, it takes around one year – at a maximum.
Different climates and weather can accelerate this process.
This means that when you use corrugated cardboard for your packaging, you can do so comfortable in the knowledge that whatever your customers do with their packaging, it won’t present any kind of problem to the environment at large.