Food Safety Magazine

Products | September 23, 2014

Scrubbers and Sponges Sport Greener Packaging

By Staff

Scrubbers and Sponges Sport Greener Packaging

3M’s Commercial Solutions Division recently announced it will soon cease using mottle white and bleached corrugated boxes for several products in the Scotch-Brite commercial line. The market-leading products — including Scotch-Brite Hand Pads and Griddle Cleaning products — will soon be packaged in greener Kraft brown boxes. The change began during the past month and will be phased in as white packaging inventories are depleted. 3M is making the switch to greener packaging because the manufacturing process for Kraft brown boxes requires less wood and water, and emits fewer greenhouse gases than bleached or mottle white corrugated cartons, according to Mike Laatsch, U.S. sales and marketing director for 3M Commercial Solutions. The manufacturing of Kraft brown boxes also emits fewer harmful organic compounds that result in dioxin, a known carcinogen, being released into the environment. 3M estimates the annual environmental benefits of converting its shipping boxes from white to Kraft brown equate to: 1) 172 tons of wood saved, 2) 915,000 gallons of water saved, and 3) 113,000 lbs. less CO2 emitted.

3M Commercial Solutions | 1-800-698-4595 | go.3M.com/GreenerPackaging