Corrugated board is an eco-responsible material
and 93.5% recycled in FRANCE
A small carbon footprint
The term “carbon footprint” refers to the volume of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions caused by a business or an individual, directly or indirectly, through the burning of fossil fuels.
Over the course of its life cycle, one ton of corrugated cardboard causes emissions amounting to 538 kg of CO2 equivalent, as a result of the efforts made by manufacturers of corrugated cardboard to minimize its environmental impact. In comparison, the volume of emissions caused by aluminium and plastic is four to six times greater.
A closed-loop cycle of production and recycling
Corrugated cardboard is part of a quasi-closed material loop that makes it possible to optimize the use of natural resources.
A raw material from recycled paper and board
Recycled paper and board provide 80% of the cellulose fibers used to make corrugated cardboard. 14%, out of the remaining 20%, consists of new fibres which are introduced into the cycle to maintain the quality and technical characteristics of the finished product. These new fibres come from saw-mill waste and forestry by-products (wood chips from selection cutting, thinning etc).
Composition of cellulose fibers (%)
- Recycled fibers
- New fibers
One of the highest recycling rates in Europe
In France, the recycling rate for paper and cardboard stands at 93.5% in 2017. This is one of the highest recycling rates in Europe, including all packaging types.
Rates of recycling for various materials