I talk a lot about what is in the foods we eat, but have you ever thought about what the food you eat comes in? Paper? Plastic? Something else? Looking through our fridge, I found mostly plastic containers – including yogurt, milk, berries and packaged meat. Some things, like a juice, butter and eggs were in paper cartons. We get our milk delivered so we don’t really have a choice about those containers, but at least they take them back each week and reuse them.
Before learning more at Choose Cartons, I didn’t know all the benefits of paper carton packaging and that the container you choose does indeed make a difference.
Here are some interesting facts:
Over 41 million households have access to carton recycling, and that number is on the rise.
Cartons are made from renewable materials – more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper, all from trees from responsibly managed forests.
When you purchase a product in a paper carton, you are taking home an average of 94% product and only 6% package.
Packaging plays a very important role in keeping food and beverages fresh. The environmental impact of a package is just as important as the contents inside.
Cartons are recyclable where facilities exist. The paper fiber contained in cartons is valuable. Recycled cartons are used to make products such as tissue, office paper, wall boards and other building materials. To learn if your community accepts cartons for recycling, please visit www.recyclecartons.com or check with your local recycling program.
Cartons are made with renewable energy. More than 50 percent of the energy used to make the paper in Evergreen Packaging’s cartons comes from biomass.
Responsible forestry promotes new forest growth, and these forests help to diminish greenhouse gases. Forests remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in trees. In the US, due to both increases in the total area of forest land and increases in the carbon stored per acre, an additional 192 million metric tons of carbon are sequestered each year through responsible forest management programs nationwide. This offsets roughly 11% of the country’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of removing almost 135 million passenger vehicles from the nation’s highways.
To learn more about the benefits of carton packaging, please check out the Evergreen website. You can also like Evergreen on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. If you head to the Choose Cartons website, you can also send tweets with information about the carton movement. For each tweet sent, money will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Buying food in cartons will help you make a difference – a difference in our air quality, your food freshness, and in our landfills.
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Evergreen and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.