Paper and Packaging Board’s latest consumer survey in the U.S.

With the shopping season upon us early this year and sturdy brown boxes helping ensure on-time delivery for both gifts and everyday goods, research from the Paper and Packaging Board’s latest consumer survey shows that American consumers prefer these paper-based packaging and shipping materials 2:1 over plastic. And, if given a choice, 3 out of 4 people would prefer a paper-based shipping container, like a corrugated box, when receiving their online purchases.

Ready access to recycling programs makes it easy to recycle paper-based packaging and boxes, with 96% of Americans having access to community curbside or drop-off. In fact, in 2018, 96% of all corrugated was successfully recovered for recycling in the U.S., and the average corrugated box was made with 50% recycled content. According to a 2018 EPA analysis, paper, paperboard and corrugated board was the most recycled material in the United States. The Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds® campaign joins in celebrating #AmericaRecyclesWeek with helpful hints to help make recycling easier than ever.

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