Box-sealing and the environment
Does a box sealed with staples comply with environmental requirements?
Recycle and re-use, two words, earning an increasingly bigger reputation world wide. The environmental laws and Packaging convenants are becoming more and more insistent and it is the manufacturer of the product that carry the final responsibility. He has to ensure that the packaging in which his product is situated, complies with all applicable environmental requirements. Of all materials used for packaging nowadays, the staple is one of the few materials made of natural material, namely ordinary steel wire. This is absorbed in the natural cycle via the waste flow.
A used staple can theoretically become a new staple.
Staples have been in use for the sealing of boxes since the 1940Æs of the previous century. This method was a huge success because of the extremely simple and economic way of sealing.
At the time, people were not concerned about the environment and slowly people moved away from this, towards other ways of sealing boxes. Staples were where possible replaced by plastic tape or hotmelt. At the time, there were no environmental laws. Now everything has changed and although there are no laws banning the use of other systems, a stapled box is still just as safe and environmentally friendly as in the 1940Æs.
Staples and corrugated cardboard were made for each other.
The staple stood at the cradle of the invention of corrugated cardboard. They are literally and figuratively inextricably linked. If you want to save on material with the choice of a corrugated carton box, it is only possible with staples.
For a box designed to be sealed with staples, a lot less cardboard is usually necessary than with a self-sealing box. The staples can be opened with a simple lever and the box can be used again.
40 times less waste and recyclable
It was proven in research that the plastic mountain originating from 3400 tape sealed boxes are equal to a mountain of staples originating from 137.000! stapled boxes. So 1 m2 Staples against 40 m2 plastic tape. In many countries, it is compulsory for the recipient to separate cardboard and tape from each other. So with a stapled box, warehouses, shops and other clients has a whole lot less problems. Staples after all do not need to be removed. If we also consider that staples at the end of the road (after processing in the paper factory or mountains of waste) can once again end up in the melting oven, than everything points towards the use of the staple, and certainly if we consider the the environment.