There is no golden rule on how to create sustainable corrugated packaging. Instead, you have to think twice in many situations to make the right decisions. Learn more about where and why in order to minimise the total environmental impact in terms of CO2e.
How to reduce the emissions of your corrugated packaging
Energy sources and consumption
A corrugated packaging goes through many steps before arriving at the final customer. Usually, the most energy-demanding step is to produce the paper for the packaging. Therefore, make sure that the paper you use is produced efficiently and with a sustainable energy source, such as fossil-free biofuel. At Billerud, 97% of the energy we consume and 100% of the electricity we purchase are fossil-free.
Think twice – is your current packaging produced with sustainable energy?
Choice of fibres
The choice of fibre depends on your application. Recycled fibres are suitable for less demanding and non-food contact packaging due to weaker and sometimes contaminated fibres. Primary fibres are strong and pure, making them beneficial for visually appealing, low-weight packaging as well as for food packaging.
Primary fibres are also necessary to feed the loop of recycled fibres. Without adding primary fibres, the supply of recycled fibres would run out in about six months.
Think twice – have you chosen the right type of fibres for protecting your products?
The strength of primary fibres has a significant impact on packaging optimisation. Strong fibres allow you to reduce grammage while keeping the strength. Every gram you reduce contributes to lower CO2 emissions.
Primary fibre packaging also endures humidity and load much better during demanding transport chains. This reduces the risk of product damage and waste as well as damaged visual appeal leading to returns and repacking of goods.
Think twice – can you reduce the weight of your packaging?
A sustainable approach includes that the fibres must originate from responsibly managed forests. Fibre-based packaging can only be considered sustainable if you can trace the fibres back to an origin of responsibly managed forestry. Responsibly forestry in Sweden, where the growth rate is higher than the harvest rate, contributes to a net removal of CO2 from the atmosphere.
All primary fibre material sourced to Billerud come from responsibly managed forests and 98.8% (2019) origin from within EU. For each tree we harvest, we plant three new trees.
Think twice – do you know the origin of the fibres in your packaging?
What is CO2e?
A carbon dioxide equivalent or CO2 equivalent, abbreviated as CO2e, is a metric measure used to compare the emissions from various greenhouse gases on the basis of their global-warming potential (GWP), by converting amounts of other gases to the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide with the same global warming potential.
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Go circular. All the way.
What is sustainable packaging? When are primary fibres a better choice than recycled fibres? How can you be sure that your fibres originate from responsible forestry? Get the answers and gain the knowledge you need to go circular – all the way.
With corrugated boxes you can measure success
A computer doesn’t need to be big to be powerful these days. Still, we measure paper used for corrugated packaging in a way that favours thick papers over papers with lower grammage. We have scientific proof there are better ways.