Biodegradation is a process that emits methane gas into the atmosphere. Hence, when the cardboard is dumped into landfill sites, the material’s breakdown comes with a heavy carbon footprint. Plus, the sourcing of new fibers demands tree pulp, which poses a significant deforestation risk.
To ensure your packaging is as eco friendly as possible, try to source post-consumer or post-industrial recycled paper and cardboard. Plus, seek materials marked as FSC-certified to ensure you’re supporting sustainably managed forests.