01 Oct 2009 The Globe Guard Approach: Green, Greener and Greenest
Just when I start thinking I have said and written everything I possibly can about our Globe Guard eco friendly, 100% PCW shipping boxes, I realize I have missed something really important.
Our 3 Eco Friendly Choices for Corrugated Boxes
Our focus has always been on sustainability, combined with application. Each customer requirement is slightly different so it became necessary for us to have available three different types of board, as well as several different grades, so we could provide the best green product for any specific and challenging application.
For certain customer applications such as those requiring a white exterior on the box, no one is able to provide a product that is 100% PCW recycled content or even 100% recycled content. I have written several times on how a white exterior on any box requires a virgin (white) outer sheet so the greatest possible recycled content is 60 to 70%. It is important to note that this is still considerably better and greener than the average, “standard” box which is typically 30 to 40% recycled content.
Customers who use corrugated mailers often do so because they are looking for something a little more attractive than the average RSC style box. For those customers, appearance is every bit as important as function. Most customers are willing to forgo the outer, white (virgin) exterior in the interest of sustainability but they are not eager to compromise on appearance. We have determined that our 100% recycled content board enables us to die cut mailers just a little cleaner and neater so that is what we prefer to utilize for any die cut design.
This board is primarily post consumer waste but also has a varying amount of post production or pre-consumer waste in it as well. We could probably claim the PCW content like others do, “X% minimum PCW, but since it varies, once again, we will not claim what we can’t be confident of.
Also, please keep in mind this applies primarily to our Globe Guard stock die cut boxes because we can and have made die cut designs for customer who insist on 100% PCW.
It doesn’t get any greener than this. Someone could claim their box to be as green as ours but no one can claim being greener. 100% post consumer waste is as good as it gets and we have made them available to even the lowest volume customers.
The quality is excellent and has been field tested by many shippers who were concerned about how a green, 100% PCW box would hold up shipping through UPS, FedEx and USPS. They perform beautifully and regardless of which of the three above logos appear on the bottom of the box, your eco message is obvious to the recipients.
Please call us if you have any questions or would like to see samples of your favorite, most used, size.
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