We take immense pride in our role in bolstering our industry's global conservation efforts.
Our company's core mission revolves around delivering sustainable solutions across a wide array of products. In cases where a particular product offering proves to be unsustainable, our extensive resources and industry expertise enable us to offer a viable environmentally-conscious alternative.
At Karp Container, our primary focus lies in the realm of corrugated packaging, which constitutes a significant majority of our inventory and services, accounting for over 90%.
Corrugated packaging, derived from trees, stands as a fully recyclable material. In fact, it ranks as the most extensively reclaimed packaging material in use today. According to the Fibre Box Association, an impressive 93% of corrugated packaging is successfully recovered and recycled to craft new boxes and various paper products.
Beyond corrugated materials, we also embrace the sustainability of glass. Our glass solutions offer a premium and environmentally-conscious alternative, contributing to the reduction of plastic packaging in our world. These solutions stand as another example of a 100% recyclable material that aligns with our commitment to eco-friendly practices.
The recovery of corrugated packaging has played a pivotal role in curbing the industry's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), with a remarkable 35% reduction observed between 2006 and 2014. This achievement has been made possible by diverting corrugated materials away from landfills. The recycling of corrugated materials provides essential fiber for crafting new corrugated products, effectively lowering our industry's reliance on raw materials.
The paper mills that supply materials to corrugated companies have also embraced sustainable practices. They have transitioned away from non-renewable fossil fuel sources like oil and coal for their energy needs. As of 2014, these mills utilized a fuel mix in which 73% was composed of natural gas. This shift towards increased utilization of natural gas not only contributes to a reduction in the industry's contribution to global warming but also aids in curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
The unchecked proliferation of plastic usage has posed a global challenge for many years, prompting a response from the industry. The existing surplus of plastic in circulation worldwide has presented an opportunity for recycling and reutilization of materials.
Through our collaborative partnerships with factories, we've facilitated the production of packaging items using PCR (post-consumer recycled plastics). These products can comprise up to 100% PCR content, ensuring they remain fully recyclable for subsequent use.
Additionally, a notable technological breakthrough in the industry involves the advent of bio-plastics, which are crafted from natural ingredients rather than petroleum-based materials. This advancement contributes to the pursuit of more sustainable and environmentally-friendly packaging solutions.