Recycling management: corrugated board example “starch as a raw material for the production of sustainable packaging”
The demand for sustainable packaging solutions made of paper, cardboard and paper board has been growing for years. Corrugated board is often an alternative to plastic. Corrugated board is a natural product that consists predominantly of domestically-sourced, renewable raw materials. To be precise: corrugated board consists about 79% of secondary fibres and about 21% of primary fibres. Thus, used and recycled corrugated board packaging is also the most important raw material for producing raw paper. The necessary primary fibre content is obtained from broken and thinning wood.
However, effective recycling only becomes possible through the usage of starch-based, high performance adhesives. If synthetic adhesives are used instead of starch-based adhesives, then paper and corrugated board is in a form that is no longer recyclable. This has serious ecological effects, and impacts both the separation of recyclable materials and the carbon footprint. In this respect, corrugated cardboard is already an exemplary recycling product today. It can be reused up to 25 times and, as described above, it is 100% recyclable.
On the basis of natural, wheat-based raw material, C&D Corrugating & Paper develops starch-based, high performance adhesives of this kind that are used as functional products and in industry-specific solutions. Using our know-how, we help the international corrugated board and paper industry produce higher quality products in a more efficient and ecological manner.
A trend outlook: Packaging market researchers see enormous potential for plastic reduction. According to their estimations, about 21% of all plastic packaging, in the DACH region for instance, can be replaced with corrugated board (according to VDW).
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