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One of the key buzzwords in manufacturing in recent year has been sustainability. As manufacturers, we have realized that responsible, sustainable manufacturing practices are the way into the future. Eco-conscious, sustainable production is good for our environment, our community, and our business. As part of a sector that can do great things with sustainability, we here at M&M Box & Partitions always keep abreast of developments.
The TICCIT program is a yearly outreach program, held to honor Earth Day. The name stands for “Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees”, and helps to show the renewability and sustainability of paper and paperboard packaging. The event involves box and packaging manufacturing companies partnering with local schools.
The companies donate saplings of native trees, and have students bring in paper-based containers such as milk or juice cartons, a tissue box, or other similar box. The companies then show the children how to plant the saplings in their boxes, and instructs them on planting the units in the ground. The cartons work as both protection and as a water funnel for the trees, and will eventually biodegrade, helping to feed the tree. This helps to demonstrate the cycle to the children.
100% Recycled Chipboard
It’s not just once a year that we at M&M practice renewable, sustainable manufacturing. We aim to reduce the waste in manufacturing by utilizing post-consumer materials as much as possible in our processes. The chipboard used in our recycled packaging products is made of 100% recycled material, and is perfect for use in industries ranging from automotive to pharmaceutical.
On top of using recycled materials, we return scraps, paper, and box cuttings back to the paper mills. At the mills, these bits and pieces are pulped and filtered, blended, rolled and died, and then sized and sheeted and returned back to manufacturers. The resulting chipboard is just as high-quality and as useful as fresh chipboard, but with a sense of environmental responsibility.
At M&M Box and Partitions, we will continue to seek out ways to introduce sustainability and renewability into our manufacturing process. The packaging sector is one of the leaders in sustainable manufacturing, and we will strive to be one of the leaders in the packaging sector into the future.
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During the last week of September, we celebrated Corrugated Week. It is a weeklong event dedicated to the corrugated packaging industry. This blog will be dedicated to the history of corrugated packaging throughout the years.
Albert L Jones was the first person to use corrugated paper to ship fragile items such as bottles. In 1871, he was issued a patent for his single sided corrugated board. In 1874, Oliver Long improved on Jones’ design bringing us corrugated board with liner sheets on both sides. This is the corrugated board we know today. In 1889, the very first continuous corrugator was developed by the Sefton Manufacturing Co.
The first known instance of corrugated paper occurred in 1903. In 1905, a group of manufacturers joined together to standardize the material and to make it suitable for all railroad shipping use. The partnership with the railroads helped the expansion and adoption of corrugated packaging. Another jump forward came in 1935 when the Sefton Manufacturing Co. developed the technique to apply heat at the glue line allowing for an instant bond.
All of these developments over the last 143 years have led to M&M Box Partitions ability to serve our customers well. Our strict quality control program ensures that all of your measurements, specifications and special instructions are met. Please contact us today for all of your corrugated packaging needs.
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Most people remember Earth Day on April 22nd each year, but did you know that June 5th marked World Environment Day? Having these days set aside reminds us to be mindful of the impacts our activities have on the world as a whole. It’s the perfect time to reflect on current business practices, and come up with ways to make them more sustainable.
One easy way to green your business is by looking no further than your suppliers. If your company uses corrugated paperboard for packaging, look for suppliers that offer products made from recycled materials.
Recycled cardboard not only saves trees (60 boxes equals about half of a one-ton pine tree), it also saves energy and landfill space. Using recycled cardboard saves 25% of the energy required to make cardboard from scratch. In addition, it’s estimated that in the average person’s lifetime, they will be able to save 7 trees, 35 gallons of oil, and over 3,000 gallons of water just by recycling all of their moving boxes. Full details can be found here.
You can also incorporate sustainability in your business plan by making small changes within the company. Make an effort to go paperless in the office, trading memos for emails, and encouraging staff to use online banking and direct deposit. Set up recycling bins in high traffic areas for a simple yet effective transition. And of course, make it a habit to turn off all computers, monitors, and other non-essential electronics before heading out at the end of the day.
What other tips do you have to increase sustainability in a business? Let us know in the comments.
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