Cardboard likely chewed-up rainforest

No George Monbiot, corrugated cardboard is not likely to be from rainforest

A statement from the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) in response to the article by George Monbiot in the Guardian of 11th January 2018 entitled “May’s plastic plan is big on gimmicks, but it won’t cut waste”.

In Mr Monbiot’s column he erroneously suggested that cardboard, if used in place of plastic in the UK “is likely to be made from chewed-up rainforest”. This is completely wrong. Corrugated cardboard is principally made of recycled paper.

Corrugated Cardboard is a perfect example of the circular economy, it is 100% recyclable, renewable, bio-based and ideal for use in packaging.
UK paper mills never use wood from tropical rainforests. On average, corrugated boxes in the UK contain over three-quarters recycled material which can be from old writing papers, corrugated boxes, cartons or newspapers.

Apart from these recycled raw materials, any wood that is converted into corrugated cardboard comes primarily from virgin wood fibre from trees grown in sustainably managed and certified forests in Europe and North America.

Notes to Editors

  • The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) is the leading trade association representing the UK’s Paper-based Industries, comprising paper and board manufacturers and converters, corrugated packaging producers, makers of soft tissue papers, and collectors of paper for recycling.
  • CPI represents an industry with an aggregate annual turnover of £11.5 billion, 56,000 direct and a further 86,000 indirect employees.