January 19, 2018

Be Kind, Be Green, Choose Cartons


I was about to head to the grocery store earlier when I opened the refrigerator and saw that it was already full. Yet, we didn’t have food for meals this week.  What was all this stuff?  As I began to take apart the contents of the fridge I was overwhelmed by all the containers that loaded up the top shelf.  Plastic containers of leftovers, fresh fruit and many, many glass and plastic jars containing various sauces, condiments and toppings.  What a mess!  Then I noticed how little paper was in my fridge.  I counted 37 plastic containers, 25 glass and only 4 made from paper cartons.  Is this my secret shame?

Evergreen states that, “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. ” They have instituted a program called  “Choose Cartons”  to help in creating more awareness about the benefits to people and the environment when we use paper cartons.  Did you know that “Cartons are made with renewable energy. More than 50 percent of the energy used to make the paper in Evergreen Packaging’s cartons comes from biomass.”  I had always tried to purchase more glass over anything else because our local recycling company says they don’t recycle paper from food products. I had inadvertently lumped paper cartons into this mix.  My mistake.  When I looked it up on Recycle Cartons I found out that for way too long I have been throwing those cartons away in the trash due to false information.  The organic chicken stock I use for soups and other meals is in a paper carton. Recyclable!  The milk, box of wine, juice cartons and more are now all going to be placed in the bin.  I’m relieved and excited about it and how easy the Recycle Carton website made it to find out all the recycling information for my county.

At this stage in the game, in the year 2012, do you really need another reason to start recycling?  My neighbors sure seem to need one.  So here are a few MORE reasons.  Recycling adds jobs to your community.  It saves energy and reduces waste. We knew that already but did you know that paper cartons take up less space during shipping and so trucks transporting these products use less fuel?  That’s less air pollution, less use of forestry, energy and space in a landfill all because you choose paper cartons over another option.  Read more about the Carton Story and find out what you can do.

Visit Evergreen’s Facebook page and get updates and tweets on Twitter.

To learn if your community accepts cartons for recycling, please visit www.recyclecartons.com or check with your local recycling program.

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.