I took a challenge to look inside my fridge… I mean, really, look inside my fridge. And what did I find? Well, besides the leftovers, and yummy veggies I just got out of my f-i-l's garden, I found a mixture of cartons and plastic containers, but thankfully, more paper cartons.
My milk was in a plastic container, as well as the orange juice. I also had 3 paper cartons of juices, as well as a beef and chicken broth cartons. I very well could buy my milk and OJ in cartons. And, have made a pledge to my family that I will choose more greener and sustainable options from now on.
So from this day on, I will choose cartons when it is an option. And, I'll notice the next few times that I go to the store… but I should be able to make all my purchases cartons. No more plastic. Here's some of the I discovered about paper cartons:
- Cartons are lighter than plastic, so you'll bring home 94% more product with just 6% packaging.
- Cartons are made with renewable materials — more than 70% of the Evergreen carton is made from paper, all from trees from responsibly managed forests.
- Cartons are recyclable where facilities exist. You see, the paper fiber contained in cartons is valuable. Recycled cartons can be used to make products such as tissue, office paper, wall boards and other building materials. Visit www.recyclecartons.com or check with your local recycling program to see if your community acepts cartons for recycling.
- Responsible forestry promotes new forest growth, and these forests help to diminish greenhouse gases. Forests remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in trees. In the U.S., due to both increases in the total area of forest land and increases in the carbon stored per acre, an additional 192 million metric tons of carbon are swquestered each year through responsible forest management programs nationwide. This offsets roughtly 11% of the country's industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of removing almost 135 million passenger vehicles from the nation's highways.
- 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.
I don't know about you, but I am adamant about plastic being BPA Free. And for us, we just avoid plastic as much as possible, because frankly, it's just too hard to make sure, or worse, to figure out if the plastic bottles on the market are BPA-free. Not to mention the numbers — which ones are safe? Are they microwave-safe? Are they safe to reuse?
So I've decided to avoid the problem whenever possible, and go with paper cartons. Check out this video on how to recycle your cartons:
If you use Twitter, you can help out a worthy cause. For every carton fact shared, via Twitter, using the hashtag #choosecartons, you will help raise money for Habitat for Humanity® . In fact, you can go to ChooseCartons.com and click on "ShareThe Story", to share facts, and your own personal message via Facebook and Twitter. It makes it super easy for you to educate others, while supporting Habitat for Humanity®.
YOU can make a difference today… #ChooseCartons!
Disclaimer: 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.