Introduction

Businesses are moving towards eco-friendly packaging. It has become a non-negotiable in the current times. Customers also prefer brands and products that use eco-friendly packaging that does not contribute to the ever-growing toxic packaging waste. Paper tubes have emerged as a popular low-cost and eco-friendly packaging option for most industries. Some of the key reasons why paper type packaging is eco-friendly are as follows:

Low Carbon Footprint

Plastics are mostly made from fossil fuel. The extraction process of petroleum attributes to the high carbon footprint of plastics. Manufacturing of plastics contributes to 3.8% of the total global greenhouse emissions. The corresponding global greenhouse emission contribution of paper tube manufacturing is only 1%. 1 kg of plastic can have a carbon footprint of 6 kg, which is 12-times higher than the carbon footprint of paper tubes and cardboard. Most paper tubes are completely recyclable and have much higher recycling rates than plastic. Recycled paper tubes can be used as raw materials for manufacturing new paper tubes and other products. Using recycled paper tubes needs lower energy for manufacturing which reduces the carbon footprint.

Lightweight

Paper tubes are lightweight packaging material. They are lighter than other commonly used packaging materials like plastic, metal, wood, etc. Due to their lightweight nature, more products packaged in paper tubes can be transported using the same fuel. This reduces the carbon footprint of paper tube packaging even further.  

Easy to Recycle

Paper tubes have an edge over plastic packaging in terms of ease of recyclability. They are made of paper and cardboard that is more widely recycled globally than plastic. While plastics have improved with time and become more eco-friendly, their recycling rates are lower than paper and cardboard. It is estimated that only 40% of the total plastic in the EU is collected for recycling. Another 31% is disposed of through other means like incineration. The type of plastics collected for recycling by the local authorities varies from country to country. In most countries in the EU, PET and HDPE are the most collected and recycled plastics. On the other hand, the recycling rates of paper and cardboard is more than 80% in the EU. A further 7% is recycled through incineration.

Thus, the ease of recycling of paper tubes means that it does not end up in landfills or ocean bed. Unlike some plastics, paper tubes are non-toxic that do not impact the environment adversely.

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