How sustainable is cardboard packaging?


There's a huge focus on minimise the impact of packaging, and rightly so.  Have you ever wondered just how sustainable cardboard packaging is? 

The UK paper industry produced 3.63 million tonnes of paper in 2020, according to figures from the CPI. 53% of this was for packaging, 20% for tissue and 27% for graphics and speciality papers. In turn the CPI reports 5.3 million ksm of cardboard is produced in the UK. Paper recycling rates in the UK were 66% (provisional figure from DEFRA) in 2020 so plenty of cardboard is entering back into the virtuous circle.

The demand for paper and the resulting cardboard packaging has been phenomenal since the start of the pandemic in 2020 as consumers switched to online retail. Consumers have also driven the demand for environmentally friendly, sustainable packaging.

Fibre-based cardboard packaging has answered the call for a sustainable packaging option.

Cardboard is:

  • Recyclable – more than 80% of the cardboard used in the UK is recycled. Learn more about how cardboard packaging can be recycled.
  • Biodegradable – if for some reason the cardboard doesn’t make it back into the recycling loop then cardboard is biodegradable.
  • Reusable – cardboard is such a strong material that it is ideal to be reused numerous times before it re-enters the recycling system.
  • Renewable – cardboard is made from paper (find out how cardboard is made), which is made from a natural renewable resource – wood. Wood is a farmed material and our packaging is FSC® certified.

These qualities of cardboard packaging make it the ideal substance to protect, present and deliver your products.

If you need assistance creating sustainable packaging to create the best experience for your customers, do not hesitate to get in touch.  We’d love to learn more about your brand and how we might support you.

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