Paper Packaging: One of Canada’s Original Circular Economies

PPEC is proud that paper packaging is one of Canada’s original circular economies, and our below infographic illustrates how paper packaging is made, and continuously remade into new paper-based packaging, through recycling.

While most paper packaging made in Canada is made with recycled content, the paper fibres it was originally made from came from a tree. Less than half of one per cent of Canadian commercial forests are harvested for paper packaging. Every hectare that is harvested must be successfully regenerated, and more than 800 seedlings are planted in Canada every minute.

A mill produces the raw material used to make packaging, using mostly recycled content, and responsibly sourced wood chips and sawmill residues. It is then formed into big rolls of paper and sent to a converter, where it is made into packaging products. Once used by the customer, it is recycled, making its way back to the mill to start the process over again, as it is remade into new paper packaging products.