Cardboard's Immortality: Simple, sustainable, sturdy, a product made of wood pulp defies obsolescence.

Cardboard's Immortality: Simple, sustainable, sturdy, a product made of wood pulp defies obsolescence.

Cardboard is the perfect utilitarian material—cheap, predictable, sturdy, dependable—which explains why it's as ubiquitous as concrete. More important, it's one of the few manufactured products that are inherently sustainable. Today, 95 percent of all products in the U.S. are shipped in prefabricated corrugated boxes. It is truly amazing that cardboard maintains its dominance after more than a century of accelerated material advances. ----- Advertising ----- The reusability and recyclability of cardboard are well known. Most cardboard boxes are made from about 35 percent recycled fiber, but recycled content can be as high as 100 percent. Nearly three-fourths of all corrugated boxes produced in the U.S. are recycled. Grocery stores alone recycle 6 million tons of old corrugated boxes each year. Old corrugated cardboard (known as OCC to distinguish it from chemically treated...

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