Responsibly managed corrugated packaging is good for the planet – plastic packaging not so much

Last June’s cover of National Geographic magazine is getting a lot of attention. With a gripping image and a chilling question, “Planet or Plastic?” The tip of the iceberg is a plastic bag that represents the 18 billion pounds of plastic that ends up in the ocean each year. The issue was mailed in a new paper shipper instead of the usual plastic wrap. Inside, the cover story says more than 40 percent of plastic is used once and the largest market for plastics today is packaging materials.

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