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Why Cartons are a Key Part of a Sustainable Packaging Future

Lending a Helping Hand

It shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that case and carton sealing is an important market sector for Evans Adhesive. Cartons are everywhere!  Many of the products we use every day are packaged, shipped, and stored in some kind of carton. It makes sense that we’d be interested in helping carton manufacturers find the best way to seal their products, and that’s exactly what we’ve done with our hot melt and water-based case and carton sealing adhesives.

Beyond these practical considerations…

We have another interest in promoting the work of companies that utilize cartons for their products: they’re a very environmentally friendly packaging solution.

According to the Carton Council, an industry organization that works to promote the growth of carton recycling in the United States, most cartons are made from up to 80% recycled paper. Since many cartons today are manufactured from trees sourced in responsibly managed forests, the raw materials represent a 100% renewable resource.

The Carton Council reports that nationwide, consumers have improved dramatically when it comes to recycling their packaging cartons, too. Between 2008 and 2013, there was a 150% increase in carton recycling nationwide and that growth continues today.

But there’s still a long way to go.  There are currently about 140 mills around the world that accepted and processed recycled packaging cartons, but just five of those facilities are located in North America. That means a lot of potentially recyclable materials are ending up in landfills.

Cartons will be a part of the packaging landscape for years to come.

We believe that it’s our duty to promote their responsible use as a part of our role in the manufacturing process. Join us in supporting efforts to increase the recycling opportunities for this important product category. Use this helpful map from the Carton Council to find out where your cartons can be recycled. If there’s no facility in your area that accepts recyclable cartons, the Carton Council can help you take action to initiate change.