Facts about Cardboard Boxes

Nationwide, paper and cardboard account for 41 percent of all municipal solid waste–that’s close to half of all the garbage generated in the U.S. Paper and cardboard are easily recycled, yet the United States recycles only about 25 percent of the paper it consumes annually. In comparison, Sweden and Switzerland recycle 40 percent, and Japan recycles 50 percent. Recycling our Sunday newspapers alone would save 500,000 trees every week.

The production of 1 ton of cardboard requires:

  • 17 trees for the use of pulp

  • 7000 gallons of water

  • 462 gallons of oil

  • 1 ton of cardboard uses 9 cubic yards of landfill space and dumping paper products in landfills adds methane to the atmosphere as it decomposes, with 20 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.

  • In 2003, paper and paperboard accounted for 35 percent of the total materials discarded in the United States. Just imagine the impact we could make by reducing the need for so much cardboard.

  • In the U.S. we have lost 95 percent of our old growth forests.

  • The U.S. pulp and paper industry is the second largest consumer of energy and uses more water to produce a ton of product than any other industry.

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