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Tin vs. Cardboard

I'm planning to start an online business and naturally want it to be as eco friendly as possible. That of course means avoiding plastic containers. The most practical alternatives are cardboard or tin.

Cardboard is of course biodegradable, but I'm concerned about the effects on natural forestation, old forests being cleared and made into tree farms. Tin can be recycled but not of people may or may not choose to. More important, the mining process can devastating.

Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.

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whispercricket
Oct. 15th, 2016 11:50 pm (UTC)
I would check into FSC or similar certified cardboard - as high a percent as possible - or a high recycled paper percentage, plus unbleached, etc. to limit chemicals. Granted, it depends what you're packaging. There may be other alternatives such as hemp, etc. that could work as well, but I don't know the trade-offs for paper alternatives.
caliginous
Oct. 16th, 2016 12:23 am (UTC)
In the US at least I think cardboard is more widely and easily recyclable. I'm frequently horrified at the lack of recycling options in many interior states. I'm sure there's a way to google what recycling is available for homes in most states.
sandysmemory
Oct. 16th, 2016 11:03 pm (UTC)

Cardboard isnt that bad.  You can get it recycled and reuse boxes.  Depends what the item is really that youre packaging.  For example if its jewelry ship it in a case that can be used to store that jewlry in.  You also have to think of your botyom line or youll go broke.   People do love helping the environment but they will draw the line at cost. 

coriandra
Oct. 18th, 2016 02:44 am (UTC)
Thank you all for your responses
I still have a lot of research to do, but have a better idea where to go with now.☺

Edited at 2016-10-18 02:45 am (UTC)
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