Over the last decade, the paperboard industry has seen sustainable practices go from the occasional application to the industry standard, achieving new benchmarks in packaging innovation. True sustainability is a balance between environmental and social stewardship and economic practicality. Cost, performance, and environmental and social impacts must all be managed, beginning with packaging design and specification, moving to manufacturing and distribution, and then the end-of-life of a material.
We had the opportunity to speak with Kyla Fisher, the corporate sustainability director at PaperWorks Industries, Inc., an integrated packaging supplier. Fisher gives us a 360-degree look at sustainable packaging, from material trends and managing the overall manufacturing process to achieve sustainability, to the importance of accurately measuring results.