Corrugated Cardboard – Circular by Nature

88% of Corrugated Board is already recycled and 100% is recyclable, bio-based and biodegradable. Here are some more facts:

  1. Bio-based and renewable
    Three trees are planted for every tree harvested, which is equivalent to planting 1,500 football pitches every day.
  2. Reducing CO2
    European forests have expanded by 44.000 km2 between 2005 and 2015 (a). Their growing trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.
  3. Truly sustainable
    About 53% of newly replanted forests are set aside each year for industrial use – with only 17% (b) of that being used for paper.
  4. Sustainably sourced
    90,4% of forest owned or managed by the European pulp and paper industry are forest management certified. More than 90% (c) of the pulpwood used is sourced from the EU.
  5. Caring for forest resources
    While new trees are planted every day, the paper industry is increasingly using soft wood thinning, along with waste chippings discarded by sawmills and recovered paper.
  6. Biodegradable
    The bio-based nature of its predominant raw material (paper) means corrugated board is biodegradable. Its fibres are easily transformed back into bio-mass.
  7. Contributing to the Bio-economy 
    The European pulp and paper industry is an active player in Europe’s bio-economy thanks to its natural, renewable bio-based resources, logistical expertise in moving these around, paper recycling systems, fibre processing know-how and knowledge of wood and fibre chemistry.

a Source: FAO data, 2005-2015
b Source:
c Source: CEPI Sustainability report

To help you further we have included two guides here:

Our guidebook to FEFCO box styles to help you choose which suits your requirement (0201 style being the most common), and

FEFCOs guide to the Sustainable nature of Corrugated

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