The Greatest Thing about Paper

By: Esther Janssen

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What’s not to love about paper? This packaging material is versatile, ecofriendly and of course very classy. When you switch from plastic to paper packaging, the advantages are ample. Not convinced yet? Let’s see if our favorite qualities of paper will get you there.

Paper is created from a 100% renewable source: wood. Using wood to produce paper will not deplete the land from its fossil fuels or ores. Plastic, on the other hand, is made from crude oils that the world will run out of, eventually. It is always possible and desirable to plant new trees after the ones that were needed for paper or other purposes have been cut down. With sustainable forest managements, wood exporters can make sure that in place of the amount of trees that are being cut down, new trees will be planted and forests won’t suffer from paper production. At Ranpak, we make sure that our paper comes from responsibly managed forests, as you can tell by the FSC® (License code: FSC-C134738) certification. For example, check out our Geami WrapPak Brown die cut paper rolls, or our white tissue interleaf paper rolls.

The fact that paper is made out of organic, biodegradable material brings us to the second major advantage: paper decomposes quickly, without leaving toxic waste like plastic does. Paper decomposes over a hundred times faster than plastic. It does not linger in our soils or oceans forever and it won’t intoxicate any animals who mistake the thrown away packaging for food. A plastic bottle can lie around for 450 years. For comparison, it will only take the bacteria in the soil one month to break all of our paper solutions down into small fibers or harmless pulp.

But why just throw paper away when it can be recycled at least five, up to seven times? Its recyclable qualities make paper an even greener, eco friendlier choice. Used paper is also a great resource for new packaging, because it is used everywhere, making it easily available without any long distant transportations to import the raw material. The used paper packaging is collected at a recycle center where leftover contaminations are removed, the paper is shredded and mixed into pulp and finally pressed into brand new reusable sheets. This way, one cut down tree goes a long way. By offering recycled packaging material Greenline in our FillPak products or Ecoline for our PadPak SR & LC, we take our green responsibility to give our customers the ultimate ecofriendly option.
All of these qualities make paper in general a great alternative in the race against plastic waste. Find out how we use paper in the packaging industry and take a further look at our website.

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