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Corrugated cardboard as a raw material in the recycling cycle

We love our
natural raw material

As a manufacturer of corrugated and solid cardboard packaging, at Schumacher Packaging, we use natural renewable raw materials – with a correspondingly beneficial carbon footprint. After all, corrugated board is made entirely of renewable raw materials and can be fully recycled. Thus, transported goods are packaged in an environmentally friendly way – and when it has served its purpose, the packaging can be recycled with the waste paper.

Corrugated board

Corrugated board is a sustainable packaging material

While caring for cultivated forests, damaged wood and wood from thinned out trees is accumulated – the primary raw material for producing paper. The vast majority of the paper in Germany is made up of around 85% recycled material such as recovered paper, cardboard packaging and used corrugated board. In contrast, fresh fibres make up a mere 15% of the raw material for corrugated cardboard on average and this figure is still falling.

Recycling of used corrugated cardboard

… and a natural recyclable product

Corrugated board packaging is generally single-material packaging. And, because it is made of only one material, it is easy to dispose of - after use, it is disposed of with the waste paper and returned to the recycling loop. Used corrugated board is anything but rubbish. As it is recycles so well, it is a significant and valuable raw material in paper production.

Schumacher Packaging Plant Myszków Sp. z o.o.

Did you know

that we produce our own raw paper for corrugated board manufacture in two of our Polish plants?

ECO solid board

Solid board: the all-rounder of packaging containers

Solid board generally consists of recyclable paper and is manufactured as single ply, multi-ply or multilayer. It is a very strong cardboard, characterised by its great density and homogenous structure. We produce our ECO solid board in all required grammages.

"Closed Loop" raw material cycle

Closed loop – we close the material cycle

Together with GreenCycle, a waste-disposal company from the Schwarz Group, we have set the course for a modern waste management and circular-flow economy, in order to ensure that we get as much use out of products and raw materials as possible. The "Closed Loop" collects used packaging from branches of LIDL and Kaufland in the immediate vicinity of our two Polish paper mills. The aim is to extract the raw materials from the packaging and return them to the raw materials cycle, where they are used to make new products. An all-round solution!

We recycle –
with RESY

The RESY logo is found on transport and outer packaging and means that the raw materials cycle has been maintained. If the RESY symbol is printed on the packaging,

  • it is made of cardboard and is guaranteed to be recyclable.
  • The partners of RESY Organisation für Wertstoffentsorgung GmbH redeem the cardboard
    in order to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner and return it to the product cycle.

For detailed information about the natural product of corrugated board, please see our CR report.

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possible, today.


My name is Demetriusz Janowski, "Head of Sustainability & CSR" at Schumacher Packaging. Together with my team, I support the entire group of companies in all sustainability matters and work operationally with the relevant management positions at the Schumacher plants. The focus of our activities is the responsible treatment of the environment as well as our employees and business partners. If you have questions about economic, ecological and social aspects, you have come to the right place!