We Choose Cartons – And Why YOU Should Too!

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When I was about 12 or so I became very aware of the “green” movement before it became popular. I pestered my parents for weeks about starting a recycling bin for our cans. Eventually they gave in and we were recycling all of our household cans (and any I could find from litter bugs on the streets). Years later, I haven’t been as conscientious about recycling as I should be. However, it’s something we’re changing right this very minute. My husband recently switched our garbage service to a new company and we’ve requested a recycling bin. It’s a great way to care for the Earth and teach my kids about the importance of re-using materials.

Recently I learned about a project called Choose Cartons. As it turns out … packaging plays a very important role in keeping food and beverages fresh. The environmental impact of a package is just as important as the contents inside. With this in mind I took a deeper look at the products we purchase and just which ones are made of recyclable materials. I was actually surprised to find that many of the products we buy are in cartons or packaging that can be recycled. But we can do better!

There are a lot of refrigerator products that can be purchased in cartons including: juices, milk, my favorite iced coffee beverages, even eggs. After doing an inventory of our fridge we found that we could make some simple changes that will have a positive impact.

Carton Packaging Facts

  • Cartons are made from renewable materials – more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper, all from trees from responsibly managed forests.
  • Recycled cartons are used to make products such as tissue, office paper, wall boards and other building materials.  To learn if your community accepts cartons for recycling, please visit www.recyclecartons.com or check with your local recycling program.
  • Cartons are made with renewable energy. More than 50 percent of the energy used to make the paper in Evergreen Packaging’s cartons comes from biomass.

Support Habitat for Humanity

  • Show your support by educating others about the benefits of paper cartons (share this article with them).  Every carton fact shared, via Twitter, using the hashtag #choosecartons will help raise money for Habitat for Humanity®
  • For more information, please visit: www.choosecartons.com and share the story. You can also visit the Choose Cartons Facebook page and twitter @choosecartons.

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Evergreen and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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