1. Cutting back too much on packaging can do more harm than good
Jeff Wooster of Dow Chemical says decreasing the amount of corrugate you use in packaging a product may seem green, but could result in damaged product during transport. The outcome of a damaged product is loss of revenue and wasted energy and resources.
2. Recycled materials usually aren’t as durable as non-recycled ones
The higher the percentage of recycled material in cardboard, the weaker it will be; therefore recycled corrugate may not be as efficient in protecting your product. When paper is recycled its fibers are shortened, making it structurally weaker than non-recycled paper.
3. Paper isn’t always better than plastic
There is a misperception that because paper is natural and biodegradable that it is a greener product than plastic. However, sustainability takes into consideration how much energy and other resources are used to create products. A paper shopping bag’s manufacturing process uses more energy and water and releases more greenhouse gas than the manufacturing process of a plastic bag.
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