Sustainability is becoming more and more important to consumers and companies are having to tackle this head-on. With 73% of global consumers saying they would change their consumption behavior to reduce their impact on the environment and 88% saying it is extremely important that companies implement programs to improve the environment, it is crucial that companies make strides toward sustainability and eco-friendly practices.

One of the easiest ways to implement a sustainable solution into your business is to start using eco-friendly packaging materials. An impressive 71% of consumers are choosing products that have sustainable packaging, making it a great business investment for you that will draw even more consumers to your products.

The Best Eco-Friendly Packaging Material is Corrugated

Corrugated materials are used for a variety of applications, commonly shipping boxes, retail displays, and retail packaging. These packaging and display materials consist of three fiberboard layers, two of which are the exterior liner boards, and one of which is an interior middle sheet that has a wave-like pattern. This design allows corrugated materials to be lightweight, recyclable, and durable. 

What Makes it Sustainable? 

Reduced Waste

Corrugated materials are very easy to customize. From its size to what is printed on it, these materials can be customized to your business’s specifications and brand identity. Being able to create the designs on the corrugate eliminates upfront waste. 

Additionally, corrugated materials are extremely durable. You won’t have to throw away each corrugated packaging product after its first use, you can reuse each corrugated piece.


With how durable corrugated materials are and how easy they are to customize, they can be used for many different applications, including: 

  • Retail displays
  • Storage boxes
  • Protective packaging
  • Shipping boxes

Easy to Recycle

Corrugated materials are highly recyclable, and have been found to be the most recycled packaging materials in the United States. It is even possible to recycle corrugate up to 25 times. Recycling keeps corrugated boxes and containers out of landfills and, since they can be made into other packaging materials, keeps their cost low. 

Responsibly Sourced

Since corrugated materials are easy to recycle, it is no doubt that they can be sustainably sourced. Many corrugated materials are made from previously recycled corrugate. For the products that aren’t made from other recycled corrugates, manufacturers are able to source paper from responsible sources, such as the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. 

Benefits of Corrugated Packaging Materials

Cost-Effective and Lightweight 

Corrugated materials are easy to manufacture, not requiring much labor or specialized tooling. This makes corrugate one of the most affordable packaging options on the market. Additionally, most corrugated materials can be customized by your manufacturer, which means you only have to hire one company to complete your project, reducing costs. Its lightweight design also makes it very easy to transport and store, reducing your logistical costs. 

Durable and Protective

Corrugated packaging is very stable, providing unmatched protection to your products during transit, storage, or in retail displays. It is also generally tear-resistant, keeping products from exposure to the elements or from falling out of their packaging. The durability and protective nature of corrugated packaging makes it a popular choice for shipping and storage.  

Sunrise Manufacturing Has Your Eco-Friendly Packaging Materials

At Sunrise Manufacturing, our extensive line of corrugated packaging products can be customized to your needs. With our die-cutting capabilities, we can create trays, boxes, caps, and displays that will keep your product protected throughout the duration of transit. Our corrugated SUNRISE SMALL CELL™ honeycomb is available in a variety of compression strengths that our professionals can help match you with.  

All of our products are 100% recyclable and we only source our materials from those that meet globally recognized standards such as the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. We understand how important it is to keep the environment safe and we strive to produce sustainable packaging solutions for all transportation needs. 

If you aren’t sure what product is best for you, our team of freight protection specialists will work with you to come up with the perfect freight protection solution for your product. Contact our team today to see what sustainable packaging solutions we can come up with for you.