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The main ingredient is a recycled material

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The main ingredient is a recycled material

Recycled content definition

Recycled content was a wastage, but has been processed to become a ‘new’ material. Paper and cardboard that is to be recycled is broken down into small pieces and turned into a glue-like substance called the pulp. This pulp is usually mixed with virgin paper, as every time paper is recycled, it looses a little structural integrity. The pulp is then pressed and dried, resulting in cardboard. 

Plastic packaging can also be recycled in a similar way. However, mixing virgin and recycled plastics often has an effect on the final colour as well as structural integrity. 

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Why you should use recycled materials

Recycled materials are a core element of a circular economy that focusses on reusing materials. Using recycled materials lowers a company’s dependence on virgin materials, as well as the energy used to get them. 

Staggering amounts of non-biodegradable plastics end up in landfill every day, so finding a way to reuse these plastics keeps them out of landfill and gives them another purpose. 

What’s pleasing to know is that most cardboard and paper products in the EU have high recycled material content - often over 80%. Recycled paper and corrugated cardboard are easier to source than 100% virgin materials. 

Why you shouldn’t use recycled material

Some products don’t have an option to be made from recycled content as doing so affects the structure, colour or finish of the material. 

Packhelp and recycled materials

All Packhelp’s recycled cardboard is sourced in the UK or EU, lowering the distance needed to process it, and helping minimise local EU emissions. The final products are all FSC certified. 

 

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