It is fascinating how much we don’t know about the packaging our food and drinks come in. Where they come from? What happens after we are finished with them? Are they recyclable and to what degree? What I found most interesting about Choose Cartons during this campaign was that it had a well defined path of where the cartons come from and the life-recycle once it is purchased and recycled. In The Carton Story it has an easy infographic that details how the carton was made from wood fiber, a renewable resource, and takes you on the journey from its creation to its re-creation through recycling where it becomes other household products that we use everyday.
Choose Cartons was not only created an an informative place for adults to learn about the benefits of cartons, but children also and you really see how it is comfortable and easy to understand for all age groups. This is so important, because future generations will also define how we use products and the importance of renewable resources.
Most of it is vegetables and fruits and at the time I took this photo I had been purchasing milk in the plastic container. However, I always purchased creams (for coffee, cooking, etc), little Goldfish snacks, egg nog and chocolate milk in cartons. You can check out how your fridge scores by playing the Carton Checkout game. I have a lot to learn still by my score and it is true, I’m still learning about other products I can purchase in cartons that I didn’t know about before.
Cartons are light-weight and have a great product-to-package ratio. If consumers choose a product in a carton, they are taking home an average of 94% product and only 6% package. In addition, cartons are made with renewable materials – more than 70 percent of the Evergreen carton is made from paper, all from trees from responsibly managed forests.
I also learned a few other things that really started making me make better choices. One was that milk cartons serve as a better insulator to help keep milk cold, which of course means it stays fresher longer and also creating cartons uses less waste. Cartons are made with renewable energy and more than 50% of the energy used to make the paper in Evergreen Packaging’s cartons comes from biomass. Needless to say, since my family really only uses milk for cooking and cereal, I switched to cartons. I’d rather spend the few extra pennies for a product I know is essential towards the future of our environment and teach my children the importance of those decisions. Everything else I purchase, especially in my cabinets, is made from cardboard and paper; it only makes sense to move that idea of re-usability to my refrigerator.
Cartons are recyclable where facilities exist. The paper fiber contained in cartons is valuable. Recycled cartons are used to make products such as tissue, office paper, wall boards and other building materials. To learn if your community accepts cartons for recycling, please visit www.recyclecartons.com or check with your local recycling program.
Take a moment and think about it. What’s in your fridge? Have you learned something new about using cartons? And if you get the time, tweet using the hashtag #choosecartons with a fact you learned because every carton fact shared will go to benefiting Habitat for Humanity, the organization responsible for helping house people from all over the world. The donation amount increases the more the knowledge about cartons increases and that is a beautiful form of “knowledge is power”.
Connect: You can connect with Choose Cartons on their Facebook Page and/or @ChooseCartons on Twitter. Don’t forget to tweet a fact about cartons using the hashtag #choosecartons to help towards the donation for Habitat for Humanity.