Over the years, Accurate Box has made great strides towards reducing our carbon footprint by adopting environmentally conscious policies and sustainable business processes, and by laying the groundwork for a greener future. As a fourth-generation family business, we place great value on maintaining standards of respect and responsibility. Therefore, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to give back to our environment as well as the surrounding Paterson community.
CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR THE FUTURE
Each year, the sustainability team at Accurate Box sets goals to become a more conscious and sustainable packaging supplier. As a result, the sustainability team has laid the groundwork of our environmental values:
THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Sourcing consciously: Accurate Box sources paper from certified Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and/or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) vendors and is SFI® and FSC® Chain of Custody certified. These suppliers are committed to maintaining, overseeing, and improving sustainable forest lands while promoting forestry growth.
Furthermore, to make our product the best it can be, Accurate Box uses a mix of both virgin and recycled paper. Although the number can vary by box shape, Accurate Box creates each product with about 70% recycled paper. Our paper is made of mixed hard and soft woods, including Birch, Eucalyptus and Southern Loblolly Pine, to make strong paperboard that is converted into durable packaging.
RECYCLABLE VEGETABLE BASED INKS
At Accurate Box, we take care in making sure the customer receives the highest and strongest quality of box with sustainability being top of mind. All corrugated packaging made at our plant is 100% recyclable, and each box is created using environmentally friendly, certified vegetable-based inks.
All vegetable inks used in the manufacturing process at Accurate Box are certified by the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers under the Bio-Derived Renewable Content Certification Program. In vegetable-based inks, vegetable oil, such as soybean or corn oil, is substituted for petroleum as the pigment carrier, reducing the number of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) released into the air during printing.
INVESTING IN OUR FACILITY
Expansion improvements: Accurate Box takes great effort to dedicate time and funding back to our surrounding community for a cleaner and brighter future. Between 2015 and 2017, with the support of Grow NJ, Accurate Box invested approximately $19.8 million to renovate and expand to over 400,000 square feet.
As a result of the expansion, Accurate was able to create more space and improve portions of the original building. The entire new section was constructed under NJ green energy standards, which is the equivalent of LEED Silver. All lighting installed in the new building is LED energy-efficient, and approximately 650 fixtures in the old building were converted from fluorescent lighting to LEDs to help reduce our carbon footprint. Accurate Box also replaced all gas-powered forklifts in the facility with battery-operated forklifts. Additionally, the renovations gave Accurate Box the opportunity to remain in the Paterson community and retain more than 200 employees while creating over 50 new jobs.
SOLAR PANELS AT ACCURATE BOX
Solar panel installation: After two phases of installation, the majority of Accurate Box’s 400,000 sq. ft. roof is covered in a 1.9-megawatt solar panel system. This system supplies up to 25% of our facility’s electrical power and saves us 20% on electrical costs per year. The investment in solar highlights our commitment to sustainability through our reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and a decrease in our carbon footprint.
REDUCTION IN BOARD FIBER
Stronger, lighter boxes use less material: Accurate Box understands the importance of consistently working hard and being innovative to improve our practices. Our in-house quality control team headlines this objective with the regular evaluation of new high-performing and lightweight substrates. Consistent testing of these materials allows Accurate Box to remain on the leading edge of environmental stewardship (fiber reduction and increased recyclables) without compromising product performance.
Litho-laminated corrugated boxes are a more sustainable option compared to other types of packaging. As an example, litho-laminated corrugated boxes contain 15% less fiber than folding cartons. A carton made from 30-point virgin SUS board has a normal basis weight of 114 pounds whereas a litho-laminated corrugated box has a normal basis weight of 97 pounds consisting of a top sheet, medium, and liner. This equates to a 15% fiber reduction for corrugated boxes. In the case of recycled chipboard, our boxes represent a 19% fiber reduction. Additionally, because our corrugated boxes can be used as primary packaging, customers are able to cut down or eliminate secondary and/or excess packaging by creating custom boxes specifically designed to fit their product.
COMPETITIVE BACKHAUL RATES
Reducing the carbon footprint: Accurate Box understands the importance of packaging distribution to our customers. We take full advantage of rail freight which uses less carbon emissions compared to other forms of transportation. Also, due to our strategic location just outside of New York City in Paterson, New Jersey, we negotiate extremely attractive freight backhaul rates which allows us to ship competitively nationwide without adding to the global carbon footprint.