Board Converting News, May 4, 2020

A Necessary Product That’s Naturally Sustainable

and Figures, page 73.) Our recovery rate has been over 75 percent since 1998 and hovered near or over 90 percent for the past eight years (2011-2018). Made from a sustainably managed renewable resource, reusable and recyclable corrugated packaging comes full circle every day. From efficient use of managed forest

Fibre Box Association (FBA) recently released its March box shipment statistics. They show a nine percent in-

crease in shipments and a 5.7 per- cent increase in total containerboard production compared to March 2019. In these uncertain times, the corru- gated packaging industry was des- ignated as “essential and critical” in both Canada and the USA. Corrugat- ed products help deliver essential

lands to sustainable practices during board and box manu- facture to high recovery rates that put fiber back into our system, corrugated packaging is truly circular by nature. Earth Day is a great re- minder to reflect on society’s impact on the Earth and think

Mary Drain

goods like food, pharmaceuticals and emergency supplies that people depend on. The industry can be proud of our product’s ability to get the job done. But we can also be proud that they do it sustainably – good for our economy and good for the Earth. This week marked the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration. Yes, it is a reason to celebrate, but to us it’s just business as usual. Earth Day is every day in the corrugated packaging industry. Our industry’s long-standing commitment to recovery efforts and sustainability has positioned us as THE recy- cling success story. Our recycling track record is miles ahead of any other packaging material. (See USEPA’s lat- est, Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts

of ways that we can improve the environment for future generations. I have some thoughts … continue to choose boxes to transport your products and recycle the corrugat- ed cardboard boxes that arrive on your doorstep. You can be proud that you are doing your part to help the Earth too. FBA has been sharing content on social media this month with the theme, Earth Day Every Day! Be sure to follow FBA on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram to learn more about Earth Day and the corrugated industry. Mary Alice Drain is the Director of Technical Services at Fi- bre Box Association (FBA). If you have technical questions about the industry, e-mail her at


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