I was recently put to the challenge of doing a Fridge Hunt – an Evergreen Fridge Hunt to see how the products I have inside of my refrigerator stacks up in the plastic vs. carton department. I am really embarrassed to say that I have no cartons in my refrigerator, but I do have a lot of plastic. That’s not to say that I don’t normally have cartons in the refrigerator for juice and eggs…but I know our milk is aways in plastic.
I am very aware of the conditions of our environment, especially where plastics are concerned. All my household cleaning products are the concentrated type that you mix with what so so there is much less plastic waste – but I have not been so good at making sure my food items are in carton as well. I really hadn’t realized that food actually stays fresher in cartons and the nutritional value is not compromised since the products are not exposed to UV light while in cartons.
Here are some very interesting facts about Paper Cartons:
- Over 41 million households have access to carton recycling, and that number is on the rise. In addition, cartons are made from renewable materials – more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper, all from trees from responsibly managed forests.
- Packaging plays a very important role in keeping food and beverages fresh. The environmental impact of a package is just as important as the contents inside.
- 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.
- Cartons are made with renewable energy. More than 50 percent of the energy used to make the paper in Evergreen Packaging’s cartons comes from biomass.
- Responsible forestry promotes new forest growth, and these forests help to diminish greenhouse gases. Forests remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in trees. In the US, due to both increases in the total area of forest land and increases in the carbon stored per acre, an additional 192 million metric tons of carbon are sequestered each year through responsible forest management programs nationwide. This offsets roughly 11% of the country’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of removing almost 135 million passenger vehicles from the nation’s highways.
Below is a great infographic which describes the carton process:
Also, since for every carton fact shared, via Twitter, using the hashtag #choosecartons will help raise money for Habitat for Humanity® please retweet the message below.
— amomhavingfun (@amomhavingfun) June 16, 2012
Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Evergreen and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.