How it is produced and how it supports your sustainability efforts
Corrugated packaging is 100% recyclable, based on renewable sources and fully bio-degradable. In fact, corrugated packaging is one of the most recycled paper products in use today, with a well-established market for secondary raw materials. Efficient recycling processes allow fibres to be reused for new packaging. Recycled paper provides 88% of the raw material for new corrugated boxes – ensuring the continuous life of the fibres while making a valuable contribution to our economy. Interested to find out more? Dive into our sustainability publications.
In the case of a sheet of corrugated cardboard, the “bread slices” are two layers of paper – the outer and inner liners. Just like a sandwich can be made from different types of bread, corrugated cardboard can be made from different types of paper.
The inner liner as well as the corrugated section between the inner and outer liner are both made of Fluting. The outer liner, which defines the visual aspect of the packaging and should also be suitable for printing, is usually made of Testliner.
If a stronger, longer lasting sandwich is required, an extra layer can be added, to make double-walled corrugated cardboard. On this page we give some examples of different types of corrugated packaging commonly used today.
Products such as fresh and frozen meat, poultry, fruit, vegetables, fish and flowers often contain a high moisture content and are typically packed in damp or high humidity environments. To protect and transport these products, solid board packaging is required. This is ideal for these fast-moving fresh and frozen applications due to the combination of these advantages:
We hope this has helped you understand how waste paper and cardboard becomes the high-quality recycled paper used to make paper-based packaging. If you have any further questions on this topic, feel free to drop us a line. Our experts are available to answer any specific questions you might have.