When is the last time you thought about the containers your food comes in when you buy them? When is the last time you looked in your fridge to see how many cartons are plastic? I was asked recently to check my own fridge and take count of how many plastic containers I have. I lost count of the plastic but I did remember the paper carton count, which was an abysmal 2. TOTAL. I will admit I never really thought about how much plastic my fridge contains until I got the chance to read some facts. Most people know that you can recycle pop bottles and other plastics but they don’t think about things like the plastic tubs that hold things like prepared macaroni salad.
Did you know that you can recycle paper cartons? I didn’t until I read about it on the Evergreen Facebook Page!
Some interesting facts about paper cartons:
- Over 41 million households have access to carton recycling, and that number is on the rise. In addition, cartons are made from renewable materials – more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper, all from trees from responsibly managed forests.
- 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.
Interesting! Being in food service I know that the most popular bulk food company around me, Gordon Food Service, uses giant paper cartons for the prepared cold salads they use. I am thinking in my mind how many cartons restaurants go through and they throw them away…I bet they don’t know that you can recycle them! In this day and age it is very important for businesses to try and go green, it is the “in” thing to do in food service. There is a huge push for restaurants to help the planet since they are the biggest energy users among most businesses. And I know you are thinking that the paper used for cartons is clearing forests but the paper for these comes from responsible maintained forests where trees are replaced. They are replacing what they take.
To learn more about carton recycling and to see if it is available in your area, please visit www.choosecartons.com.
Get Involved: Every carton fact shared, via Twitter, using the hashtag #choosecartons will help raise money for Habitat for Humanity®
Stay Connected: Like Evergreen’s page: http://www.facebook.com/ChooseCartons and follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ChooseCartons
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.