The electronic industry may, at times, take packaging for granted. However, poor-quality boxes result in damaged products. Meanwhile, using more packaging is a poor choice for the planet.
A recent peer-reviewed study, commissioned by the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) and conducted by the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI), finds that corrugated materials makers are scoring high in terms of reducing its environmental impact. Although aimed at the produce market, it brings up some interesting questions for the electronics industry around packaging.
- The corrugated industry has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHD) emissions by 32% between 2006 and 2010.
- The effect of nutrient releases on receiving water and soil decreased by 22% during the same period.
- The effect of particulate matter emissions decreased by 14% in that timeframe.
- The recovery rate for old corrugated containers (OCC) increased from 72% in 2006 to 85% in 2010
"We're very pleased about our reduced greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact reductions, driven by our industry's historic commitment to continuous improvement and environmental stewardship," said Dennis Colley, executive director of the CPA, in a press release.
The life cycle analysis (LCA) examined effects on seven environmental impact indicators: global warming potential (greenhouse gas emissions), eutrophication, acidification, smog, ozone depletion, respiratory effects, and fossil fuel depletion. It also considered four inventory indicators: water use, water consumption, renewable energy demand, and non-renewable energy demand.
The infographic below outlines the highlights of the study. Let us know your thoughts on how the electronics industry should be addressing the packaging industry? Where do you think corrugated fits in?
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN