Paperboard is a reusable, recyclable substrate for today’s environmentally conscious consumer. Our Kraft Tray is made in the USA from renewable resources. Our paperboard contains at least 18% recycled wood fiber content and is manufactured by a totally chlorine-free process which consumes less raw material and water. Our manufacturer is SFI certified which verifies it buys wood and paper products from a responsible source, backed by a rigorous, third-party certification audit for chain of custody authenticity. Our fully recyclable Kraft Tray uses solvent and UV chemical vegetable and water-base inks and coatings. Our manufacturer is AIB (American Institute of Baking) certified. This is a globally recognized food safety certification with audits backed by over 60 years of experience in food safety. This allows us to meet the industry best practice and strict regulatory requirements, including the FDA guidelines for direct food contact. Our product is Cedar Grove Accepted for compostability and is also BPI certified showing it has passed extensive environmental testing for biodegradation, disintegration, and phytotoxicity.
The Paper Recycle Cycle
Collection: Paper is collected from the bin and deposited in the recycling container. The container is hauled to the recycling paper mill facility.
Sorting: The papers are further sorted based on types and grades. The paper value is classified according to the surface treatment and structure.
Shredding and Pulping: Shredding breaks down the paper materials into small pieces. After it is finely shredded, it is mixed with water and chemicals to break down the paper fibers. This pulping process turns the paper into a slurry substance. Once the pulp is produced, it is passed through a series of screens. The screens filter larger pieces of contaminants such as inks, staples, plastic film and glue. The filtered paper pulp is placed into a centrifugal cleaning machine which helps spin off remaining debris.
Filtering, conterminal removal and de-Inking: The clean paper pulp undergoes a comprehensive filtering process to get rid of all the non-fibrous materials and impurities such as strings, tape or glue. Next, the pulp enters a chamber in which the light materials (e.g. plastics) float to the top and the heavy materials (e.g. staples) sink to the bottom. The pulp enters a floatation device comprised of chemicals and air bubbles – this is the de-inking process. This takes away any form of dyes or ink to increase the purity of the pulp. This process is also known as the cleaning process because it washes the pulp over and over to ensure it is ready for the final processing stage.
Finishing for reuse: The clean pulp dries as it is passed through a machine that presses out excess water. The pulp becomes solid and is passed through heated cylinders which allow for the formation of continuous sheets of paper.
Repeat: The entire paper recycling process for something like a newspaper takes about seven days. Paper is able to be recycled up to seven times. This is because both the fiber length and the fiber strength decrease each time paper goes through one recycle process.