Recyclable packaging in the circular economy

Packaging solutions made from corrugated cardboard: environmentally friendly and sustainable

Closing circles: with sustainable packaging made from corrugated cardboard

Sustainable packaging in the circular economy

Shipping packaging from THIMM: recyclable and made from renewable raw materials

In terms of the circular economy, all processes at THIMM are geared towards conserving resources. That’s why our recyclable packaging is made from corrugated cardboard. Most of our displays are designed using corrugated cardboard and recyclable board. Each packaging unit is a circular product made from naturally renewable raw materials.

From natural raw material to sustainable corrugated cardboard packaging

THIMM turns raw paper into recyclable packaging for food and other consumer goods. The paper rolls are further processed in the corrugator. To do this, the paper is heated and moistened. Under pressure and at higher temperatures, grooved rollers produce the flute sizes required. 

More about corrugated cardboard production

Paper: the most important raw material at THIMM

Corrugated cardboard in the circular economy

Corrugated cardboard: natural, sustainable, recyclable and resource-efficient

Recycled raw paper is the most important part of the circular economy at THIMM and the base material of recyclable corrugated cardboard packaging. THIMM mainly uses paper that is 100% recycled. For special requirements, we use papers that contain a proportion of fresh fibre.

Paper-based raw materials in the circular economy

The differences between corrugated cardboard raw paper types 

Our testliners are made from 100% recycled paper. Kraftliners are stable raw papers made of coniferous wood with at least 80% fresh fibres. “Starliner white” is a recycled fibre material with fresh fibre properties that is ideally suited for printing. Special corrugated cardboard made from fresh fibre paper, for foodstuffs for example, complements our range.

The origin of the paper types used at THIMM

About three quarters of the paper we use originate in Germany. We source the other paper we need from Scandinavia and south-eastern Europe. There are also no long transportation routes for distribution and recycling, as the German corrugated cardboard industry is based on regional, medium-sized structures.

Independent procurement of raw materials

THIMM purchases the raw papers for recyclable packaging material made from corrugated cardboard independently. This allows us to access a wide range of materials and create innovative packaging and displays for our customers!

Sustainable circular economy

The objective: more recycled paper, less fresh fibre paper

The market for raw paper is constantly evolving. More and more fresh fibre papers are being replaced by products based on recycled paper. Paper surface weights are also constantly reducing. Important steps on our way to more sustainability!

The benefits of corrugated cardboard

  • Recycled material

    Corrugated cardboard is mainly produced from recycled paper. Fresh fibre content is obtained from renewable raw materials such as windfall and thinning timber.

  • Good CO₂e footprint

    The CO₂e emissions caused by the manufacture and transport of corrugated cardboard packaging have been decreasing for years.

  • High recycling rate

    Circular economy par excellence! Corrugated cardboard is almost completely recycled in Germany. According to the VDW, the German Association of Corrugated Board Makers, the return ratio is 80%.

  • High-quality and durable

    Even after up to 20 recycling rounds, corrugated cardboard is still a recyclable material with good fibre components and properties.

  • Popular material

    Corrugated cardboard has many good properties, is sustainable and robust and is therefore well received by consumers.

  • Replacement for plastic

    Due to its specific composition, corrugated cardboard packaging can replace plastic packaging in many cases.

Circular economy in corrugated cardboard production

Recyclability as a top priority at THIMM 

THIMM’s sustainable corrugated cardboard packaging is made from renewable raw materials and consists predominantly of recycled fibres. Any additional fresh fibres required are supplied from windfall and thinning timber from sustainable forestry.

Life cycles in the circular economy

The ideal case: a paper fibre with up to 20 life cycles

Waste paper is picked up with deliveries. This means that any production residues are returned to the reusable material cycle. The used packaging is recycled and in turn serves as a raw material for the paper industry. This is a circle that can be repeated up to 20 times.

Legal basis of the circular economy

The legal framework for packaging and packaging waste

The German Packaging Act is the basis for a successful circular economy for sustainable packaging. We have internalised the current laws and guidelines in our processes. Rely on recyclable packaging material and protect the environment!

Recyclable packaging from THIMM

    Packaging for Ontex nappies

    Sales packaging for nappies

    Packaging in the circular economy, reference folding boxes

    Folding boxes made from corrugated cardboard

    Digitally-printed shelf trays

    Shelf-ready packaging for margarine and spreads

    Packaging in the circular economy, reference Marburg Dairy

    Wrap-around made from grass corrugated cardboard

    Gift box for shirts

    Gift box for clothes

    Packaging in the circular economy, reference flaconi

    Shipping boxes for beauty products

    Packaging in the circular economy, reference Venta

    Sales packaging for electrical appliances

    Packaging in the circular economy, reference shipping bags

    Shipping bags made from corrugated cardboard

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Michael Burkowski

Michael Burkowski
Head of Sustainable Packaging Solutions
+49 5551 703 815