3 Things You Might Not Know About Paper Packaging and the Environment
We’re always looking for new ways to make the best possible ice cream in the best possible way. Which is why, as much as we love how our ice cream makes people happy, we can’t ignore the impact of our packaging on the climate and environment.
Here’s why we think that changing the way we package our pints can make a big difference.
Strengthening Our Commitment to Sustainable Packaging
We’ve been working for years to reduce our carbon footprint and the overall effect our business has on the planet. Our packaging is an area where we think significant change may be possible. While we use post-consumer fiber in certain applications, we don’t use it in our pints. While we already make our pints from FSC-certified paperboard, we know there is still room for improvement—and that’s why we’re looking into ways to use post-consumer fiber and alternative fibers/agricultural residues instead.
Agricultural residues? Post-consumer what? We know, some of the terminology can be confusing. Hopefully these definitions will help clear things up.
Post-consumer fiber: Material that has been used by households or by commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities; things like used paper and cardboard or old newspapers and magazines.
FSC-certified: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits, based on global FSC standards.
Alternative fibers/agricultural residues: These are “tree-free” materials used to make paper and packaging. Alternative fibers/agricultural residues can come from things like kenaf, hemp, bagasse, wheat straw, and more. In many cases, these materials are currently being burned or left to decompose—why not use them for packaging instead?
Canopy’s Pack4Good Initiative
Basically, if people keep cutting down trees and putting pressure on our world’s ancient and endangered forests, there won’t be enough trees left to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—with dire consequences for the climate… and for us.
Using FSC-certified trees to make our pint packaging is better than using non-FSC trees (and it’s preferable to using plastic, of course), but we’re excited to explore innovative fiber alternatives and take other steps to better protect the planet. Which is why we joined Canopy’s Pack4Good initiative.
Canopy is an award-winning nonprofit whose mission is to protect the world’s forests, species, and climate and help advance Indigenous rights.
As a Pack4Good partner, we will:
- Reduce material use through packaging design innovation
- Maximize recycled and alternative next-generation fibers
- Use FSC-certified wood whenever virgin forest fiber still has to be used
- Ensure that we never use Ancient and Endangered Forest fiber
Help Us Protect the World’s Forests!
About 60% of all paper produced is used for packaging. As Canopy puts it, they’re working to ensure that the world’s Ancient and Endangered Forests “don’t end up as pizza or shipping boxes.”
The UN Environment Program estimates that cutting deforestation and promoting forest regrowth could reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions by up to 30%. Reducing packaging and using alternative fibers is key if we really want to fight climate change.
Canopy is working with us and 346 other brand partners through Pack4Good. If your favorite brands aren’t on their list, speak up and get involved! Tell them to join Pack4Good today.