The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) is the voice of the Canadian paper packaging industry on environmental sustainability issues.
PPEC comprises more than 30 paper mills and converters across Canada that produce the three major paper packaging grades, including corrugate (cardboard) boxes, paperboard (cereal, cracker) boxes, and paper bags (sugar, flour).
Based on a circular economy, the major paper packaging grades made in Canada are produced primarily with recycled content. While the paper fibres originally come from trees, hardly any of Canada’s commercial forests are harvested for paper packaging. And by law, every hectare that’s harvested in Canada must be successfully regenerated.
PPEC’s infographic shows the circular economy of the Canadian paper packaging industry. Mainly using recycled content, a mill produces the material used to make the paper packaging. A converter then turns it into paper packaging products such as cardboard, paperboard boxes, and kraft paper bags. After having used the packaging, the customer then recycles it. And the recycled product goes back to the mill, where it’s remade into new packaging, and the cycle repeats itself