Did you know almost 90% of the paper-based packaging produced in Canada is made from recycled paper, cardboard, or sawmill residue?
After years of debate between plastic and paper packaging, companies and consumers opt for paper. In fact, a recent study in 2020 found that 62% of consumers see paper and cardboard packaging as better for the environment. Additionally, 70% of consumers surveyed said they were actively taking steps to reduce their use of plastic packaging.
Canada leads the world in forest certification – almost 40% of the world’s sustainable managed forests are located in the country. Over 160 million hectares have been certified by independent third parties such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or the Program for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC), which partners with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
Why Is Paper Commonly Used as Packing Material?
Consider the products you use every day at the office and in your home. Paper is commonly used as a packing material because it protects what is inside, delivers the goods safely, and is lightweight and flexible.
Here is a look at the figures for the Canadian paper packaging industry:
- Total Shipments by mills: 3.37 million tonnes
- Domestic market shipments: 1.87 million tonnes
- Export shipments: 1.50 million tonnes
Is Paper Packing Eco-Friendly?
Only 11% of Canadian made boxes, bags and cartons are made from fresh cut trees.
Corrugated boxes and kraft paper bags are 96% recyclable, and boxboard/paperboard falls around 94%. It’s important to understand how to properly source recycled paper in your efforts to support eco-friendly packaging.
The two Canadian mills that produce kraft paper to make paper bags and sacks are significant renewable energy users (biomass). What can’t be used to make quality paper is converted into energy to power the mills’ boilers.
Tips For Recycling Paper Packaging
Cardboard: Cardboard is a heavier paper box with a wavy center. Packing tape is ok to leave on, but the board should be flattened to fit more in the blue bin.
Tetra Oak and Cartons: Cartons like juice boxes, milk, soup, broth, and wine cartons are made of primarily high-grade paper. Always rinse properly before recycling.
Boxboard: This board is used for packaging cereal, cake, gifts, medications, toiletries, shoes, and toothpaste. Before recycling, any plastic liners or inserts should be removed and sorted or thrown out (depending on the type of plastic).
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