A sustainable business – committing to be responsible stewards

As part of its commitment to social responsibility, it is Romanow’s policy to be on the leading edge of our industry’s “green” initiatives, aimed at being good custodians of the planet and ecosystem in which we operate.

An industry ahead of the times

The corrugated industry was actually a sustainability leader long before it became fashionable. It begins with using primarily renewable raw material and 43% recycled content; manufactures with over 60% renewable energy (biofuels); and recovers 78% of its end product through recycling ...the highest level among all packaging materials.

In addition to our commitment toward the recycling of the by products of our manufactured products, Romanow Container has committed to promote responsible and sustainable forestry practices.  As a procurer of paper used to make our corrugated products, making sure that we buy paper that has come from suppliers that are certified by either the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is our way of guaranteeing that our raw material comes from forests that have been responsibly managed and that our fiber is responsibly sourced. 

On November 5th 2012, Romanow Container was awarded by Bureau Veritas, certification for their implementation of a FSC product group control system according to the Forest Stewardship Council certification system. 

On November 28th, 2012, Romanow Container was awarded a second certificate from Bureau Veritas for their compliance with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard in Accordance with SFI 2010:2014, Section 3 - Chain of Custody Standard.

The awarding of these certificates guarantee to our customers that their packaging comes from responsible sources.  Additionally, it provides a documentation framework that establishes a procurement chain of custody should our customers require it. 

Some additional facts...

  • 93% of corrugated boxes use paper sourced from Sustainable Forestry Initiative program participants, who have helped increase the amount of standing timber in the US by 39% since 1952
  • From 1994 to 2005, the amount of corrugated used to ship a unit of product has decreased by 19%, due to more efficient package designs, stronger papers and more efficient converting processes
  • Because corrugated packaging is custom designed and can be printed with high-impact graphics, it is a shipping container that can double as a merchandising package, helping product suppliers reduce the amount of packaging required to bring their goods to market
  • Between first use and recycling/disposal, corrugated containers are often re-used several times by industry or households