Mayura Packaging Private Limited (MPPL) aims to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and recycling is important to our company’s ethics.
“Sustainability is based on a simple principle. Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.”
Sustainable packaging is designed to reduce wastage and conserve important resources. There are three main elements to this:
a large percentage of the time packaging is designed to be larger than really necessary. Manufacturers use this technique to make products appear bigger than they actually are and also to make them more eye-catching. However this is a main cause of wastage. Simply by reducing the size of packaging a vast amount of paper, cardboard and plastic can be saved every year.
many modern materials can only be used once. This means they have to then go straight to landfill once throw away. By selectively choosing materials that can be reused manufacturers can contribute greatly to reducing wastage. For example paper products can be reused successfully up to 7 different times.
by recycling materials we can make sure they are reintroduced into the industrial chain and reused for another purpose. This helps to reduce the strain on the planet’s fragile resources and save on wastage. When we recycle materials such as paper, plastic and glass we can are actively working to reduce landfill and conserve valuable materials.
Corrugated: The Sustainable Packaging Material
- Corrugated is the most-recycled packaging material on earth, with a recovery rate over 78% in India
- The average corrugated box consists of 43% recycled fiber, (AF&PA).
- The fiber in used corrugated is recovered and reused to make new products: 78% of recovered corrugated is used to make recycled paperboard.
- Corrugated can be recycled an average of 7 times before the fibers become too short and they are filtered out as sludge during the pulping process. The sludge is then ready for disposal, but often has one more usage and that is as daily cover at landfills in place of soil.
- Indian corrugated manufacturing is a USD 14 billion industry, contributing to the GDP of India while supporting distribution of products throughout the world.
- Water-based inks are now used almost exclusively for printing graphics on corrugated containers, avoiding the use of lead-based inks and petroleum-based solvents which pollute the air and the water used to wash down printing equipment between color changes.
- Corrugated is vital to the distribution systems. It is the most frequently used shipping material because it is cost-effective, lightweight, functional and versatile. Its use contributes to more cost-efficient and fuel-efficient packaging of products from point of origin to point of sale and end use.
- Cost Analysis Case Scenarios have been conducted comparing corrugated shipping containers to RPCs (returnable plastic containers). Corrugated is more cost-effective in a total system cost analysis.
- On an inflation-adjusted basis, the average cost of a corrugated container has decreased 11.7 percent from 1997 to 2007, (Fiber Box Association).
- Corrugated packaging is custom designed for each product it protects, allowing the use of minimized materials and the most efficient space utilization possible by reducing “head space” within the package and maximizing cube efficiency in trucks.
- Corrugated has the best recycling rate of any packaging material used today.
Facts about recycling 1 ton of corrugated cardboard
- Saves 17 trees from having to be cut down and used for pulp
- Saves 7,000 gallons of water
- Cuts pollution 95%
- Saves 11 barrels – 462 gallons – of oil
- Saves more than 3 cubic yards of landfill space
- Corrugated can be recycled an average of 7 times before the fibers become to short and they are filtered out as sludge during the pulping process. The sludge is then ready for disposal, but often has one more usage and that is as daily cover at landfills in place of soil.