Corrugated, made from a natural, renewable resource, is frequently manufactured using high percentages of recycled fibre, is often reused multiple times, and is recycled more than any other packaging material used today. Every step of the manufacturing process has been modified over the years to become more environmentally-friendly. Corrugated material meets all environmental guidelines and exceeds the spirit of all government and industry mandates based on environmental concerns. Potential pollutants in inks and other substances applied to corrugated have been decreased. Box plant wastewater has been cleaned up, reduced and sometimes eliminated.
Here are some important steps the corrugated industry takes to protect the environment:
- Using water based earth-friendly inks
- Eliminating impact on the ozone layer
- Decreasing formaldehyde use
- Diminishing waste water
- Recycling all corrugated plant waste
- Meeting health, safety and environmental packaging requirements
- Practicing source reduction
Box manufacturers have learned to make stronger boxes using less raw materials. Environmentalists call this source reduction: using fewer raw materials, and generating minimal waste at the source. Through its ongoing commitment and attention to all aspects of corrugated production and renewal, the corrugated industry continues striving to produce the cleanest, greenest packaging material on earth. Meanwhile, ongoing research promises to develop even greater advances every day, helping maintain corrugated leadership in preserving the earth's natural resources for future generations.
In November 2011, Atlas Packaging have achieved FSC accreditation with a Chain of Custody Certificate. This shows our continued commitment to the environment and responsible forest management. A Chain of Custody Certificate gives the end user the comfort of knowing that the end product comes from a well managed, sustainable forest which protects long term timber supplies as well as the environment and the people and communities that depend on the forest for their livelihood.