Eco Information for Our Shipping Supplies

  Made from…   After you are done…
Products Recycled Content Post Consumer Waste Conventional Product   100% Recyclable Biodegradable / Compostable
Anti-Static Packing Peanuts     Yes      
Bin Dividers     Yes      
Biodegradable Packing Peanuts     Yes     Yes
Bubble Mailers   Yes        
Bubble Pouches   Yes     Yes  
Bubble Rolls   Yes     Yes  
Bulk Hazardous Material Box     Yes      
Butcher Paper Rolls     Yes      
Can Liners     Yes      
Cargo Box Yes       Yes  
Chipboard Cartons & Pads Yes       Yes  
Colored Mailing Tubes     Yes      
Conductive Bins     Yes      
Corrugated Bin Box Yes       Yes  
Corrugated Bookfolds Yes       Yes  
Corrugated Box Yes       Yes  
Corrugated Displays Yes       Yes  
Corrugated Mailers Yes       Yes  
Corrugated Rolls Yes       Yes  
Corrugated Sheets and Pads Yes       Yes  
Corrugated Triangle Mailers   Yes     Yes  
Crimped End Tubes   Yes     Yes  
Edge Protectors   Yes        
Foam Hazardous Material Shipper Kits     Yes      
Foam Rolls         Yes  
Freezer Paper Rolls     Yes      
Furniture Covers and Mattress Bags     Yes      
Garment Mailers Yes       Yes  
Giant Stackable Bins Yes          
Gift Grade Tissue Paper     Yes      
Grocery Bags Yes       Yes  
Industrial Tissue Paper     Yes      
Inspection Tags     Yes      
Insulated Shipping Containers Yes          
Inventory Tags     Yes      
Invoice Enclosed Envelopes     Yes      
Jiffy Rigi Bag Mailers Yes Yes     Yes  
Korrvu Suspension/Retention Packaging     Yes      
Kraft Apparel Box Yes     Yes  
Kraft Corrugated Envelopes   Yes     Yes Yes
Kraft Gift Box Yes       Yes  
Kraft Jewelry Box Yes       Yes  
Kraft Mailing Tubes   Yes     Yes  
Kraft Paper Rolls Yes       Yes  
Kraft Paper Sheets Yes       Yes  
Newsprint Yes       Yes  
No-Bend Mailers Yes       Yes  
Nylon Reinforced Mailers     Yes      
Packaging Tape   Yes        
Packing List Envelopes     Yes      
Padded Mailers Yes Yes     Yes  
Pallet Covers & Bin Liners     Yes      
Paper Envelopes Yes       Yes  
Paper Toilet Tissue Yes       Yes  
Paper Towels Yes       Yes  
Plastic Pallets     Yes      
Plastic Stack & Hang Bin Box     Yes      
Poly Bags     Yes   Yes  
Poly Bubble Mailers   Yes        
Poly Mailers   Yes     Yes  
Poly Sheeting     Yes      
Poly Tubing     Yes      
Polyester Strapping     Yes      
Polypropylene Poly Bags     Yes      
Polypropylene Strapping     Yes      
Polypropylene Twine     Yes      
Recycled Packing Peanuts Yes          
Reverse Tuck Folding Cartons Yes       Yes  
Shipping Labels Yes          
Shipping Tags     Yes      
Sisal Tying Twine           Yes
Softsoap     Yes     Yes
Sold Tags     Yes      
Static Shielding Bags     Yes      
Stationary Cartons Yes       Yes  
Steel Strapping     Yes      
Storage Containers     Yes      
Stretch Wrap     Yes      
Tape Dispenser     Yes      
Telescoping Mailing Tubes     Yes      
Tyvek® Envelopes         Yes  
Tyvek® Shipping Tags         Yes  
VCI Paper Products     Yes      
Versa-Pak Cellulose Wadding Yes       Yes  
Waxed Paper Rolls     Yes      
White Apparel Box Yes     Yes  
White C-Fold Towels Yes       Yes  
White Corrugated Box Yes       Yes  
White Corrugated Envelopes   Yes     Yes Yes
White Gift Box Yes       Yes  
White Jewelry Box Yes       Yes  
White Mailing Tubes   Yes     Yes  
White Packing Peanuts     Yes      
Wipes Yes       Yes  

Conventional Products are new and do not contain a substantial amount of recycled content, if any.

Post-consumer waste is a waste type produced by the end consumer of a material stream; that is, where the waste-producing use did not involve the production of another product.

Quite commonly, it is simply the garbage that individuals routinely discard, either in a waste receptacle or a dump, or by littering, incinerating, pouring down the drain, or washing into the gutter.

Post-consumer waste is distinguished from pre-consumer waste, which is the reintroduction of manufacturing scrap (such as trimmings from paper production, defective aluminum cans, etc.) back into the manufacturing process. Pre-consumer waste is commonly used in manufacturing industries, and is often not considered recycling in the traditional sense.

Recycling is the reprocessing of old materials into new products, with the aims of preventing the waste of potentially useful materials, reducing the consumption of fresh raw materials and reducing energy usage, and thereby lowering greenhouse gas emissions compared to virgin production. Recycling is a key concept of modern waste management and is the third component of the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" waste hierarchy, though colloquial usage of "recycling" can also include "reuse".

"Recyclable materials" or "recyclables", may originate from home, business or industry. They include glass, paper, metal, textiles and plastics. Though analogus, the composting of biodegradable waste (such as food or garden waste) is not typically considered recycling. These materials are either brought to a collection centre or picked-up from the curbside, sorted, cleaned and reprocessed into new products bound for manufacturing.

To judge the environmental benefits of recycling, the cost of this entire process must be compared to the cost of virgin extraction. In order for recycling to be economically viable, there must be a steady supply of recyclates and constant demand for the reprocessed goods, both of which can be stimulated through government legislation.

Biodegradation is the process by which organic substances are broken down by the enzymes produced by living organisms. The term is often used in relation to ecology, waste management and environmental remediation (bioremediation). Organic material can be degraded aerobically, with oxygen, or anaerobically, without oxygen. A term related to biodegradation is biomineralisation, in which organic matter is converted into minerals.

Biodegradable matter is generally organic material such as plant and animal matter and other substances originating from living organisms, or artificial materials that are similar enough to plant and animal matter to be put to use by microorganisms. Some microorganisms have the astonishing, naturally occurring, microbial catabolic diversity to degrade, transform or accumulate a huge range of compounds including hydrocarbons (e.g. oil), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pharmaceutical substances, radionuclides and metals. Major methodological breakthroughs in microbial biodegradation have enabled detailed genomic, metagenomic, proteomic, bioinformatic and other high-throughput analyses of environmentally relevant microorganisms providing unprecedented insights into key biodegradative pathways and the ability of microorganisms to adapt to changing environmental conditions.

Composting is the aerobic decomposition of biodegradable organic matter, producing compost. The decomposition is performed primarily by facultative and obligate aerobic bacteria, yeasts and fungi, helped in the cooler initial and ending phases by a number of larger organisms, such as ils, and other families representing ants, nematodes and oligochaete worms.

Composting can be divided into home composting and industrial composting. Essentially the same biological processes are involved in both scales of composting; however techniques and different factors must be taken into account.

Citations

Post-consumer waste. (2008, February 20). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:35, March 26, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Post-consumer_waste&oldid=192723790

Biodegradation. (2008, March 26). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:38, March 26, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Biodegradation&oldid=201028212

Recycling. (2008, March 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:37, March 26, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Recycling&oldid=200641354

Composting. (2008, March 25). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:39, March 26, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Composting&oldid=200804276