E-commerce in 2020 has driven up demand for boxes, challenging cardboard manufacturers

The shift to e-commerce during the pandemic has driven up demand for cardboard boxes. Manufacturers are depending on consumers to recycle.

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For families stuck indoors and desperate for entertainment, cardboard boxes can transform into a makeshift playground for the kids or a refuge for the cats.Day to day, though, they have been a crucial if often overlooked link in the nation’s supply chain.

But now boxes are piling up in homes across the country because of the explosive growth in e-commerce last year. That’s left the corrugated-packaging industry dependent on consumers to recycle the products to support its financial and environmental needs.

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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

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