Friday, January 27, 2017
When was the last time you used a cardboard box? When you moved? When you brought a case of wine home from the store? Maybe you'll be wrapping a present in a cardboard box soon?
Cardboard boxes are everywhere and according to the American Forest and Paper Association, in excess of 90 percent of all products in the US are shipped in corrugated cardboard boxes. It makes up nearly 14 percent of the nation's municipal solid waste.
What does all that mean? Scroll down for some even more revealing numbers.
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Cardboard is made of paper and each ton of paper produced consumes:
79 gallons of oil
7,000 gallons of water
42,000 kilowatts of energy
Produces 60 gallons of air pollution
3 cubic yards of landfill space
Around 42 million people move each year in the USA, and the average person will move 11.7 times in their lifetime.
That's a lot of boxes!
So how can we make a difference?
While recycling paper products is great, reusing is even better! If you know you are going to be using a number of cardboard boxes make the effort ahead of time to find them free. Grocery stores, warehouses and business are usually happy to give them away.
But if you absolutely have to have specific sizes and numbers and don't want to go scrounging around there are companies out there who will sell you used boxes.
Not only will you save all of the environmental costs of buying virgin boxes, used boxes are almost always cheaper, too!