Cardboard boxes are considered by many to be the most popular of all the packaging materials. Indeed, these packing materials are so common that used boxes can be seen scattered on the streets of many of the world’s countries. Despite this apparent popularity, it is undeniable that many of us actually know little about this crude yet resilient invention of man.
First and foremost, we seem to think that there is only one type of board box. Actually there are two types. We have the corrugated cardboard, and we also have the paperboard. The corrugated board is the most preferred when the package is to undertake long journeys. This is very ideal for shipping conditions because of the fact that it is made up of corrugated paper which is made of fiber (making it very sturdy), and it is sandwiched by strong cardboard. The second type, the paperboard, is flat, thin, and stiff. This type of board is mostly used as containers for cereals, shoeboxes, cigarettes, and many others. One of our misunderstandings is that the two are classified as cardboard, but the difference is now clear.
Another fact that we should all be aware of is that these boxes are actually fully recyclable and biodegradable. Of course, we all know this. But, what we do not know is the fact that if it is contaminated by oil or water, the fully recyclable cardboard becomes virtually useless.
The third fact, albeit a not surprising one, is that these types of packing materials made up the bulk of all packaging materials in the United States alone. Statistically, these packing materials make up 90% of all shipping concerns in the country.
Fourth, where do you think do most cardboard-related waste materials come from? I do not know if you have guessed it right, but most cardboard-made waste products actually come not from factories, but from department stores and large markets.
The best facts to know about these packing materials are about their being environment friendly. First, recycling a cardboard box actually requires 75% less energy than in making a new one. After all, you do not need to cut down trees which are, let us face it, physically and environmentally demanding. Second, recycling one ton of cardboard boxes will save several cubic yards of landfill space, and as much as 45 gallons of petroleum. Imagine that! Fortunately, the government requires the re-utilization of these packing materials. Thus, let us do our part in saving the environment.