Performance & Cost Savings

With a smooth surface for image fidelity and a brightness that makes images and colors pop, Sonoco's EcoTect product offers consistent high-quality printability. With a lower density per caliper than competitive substrates, EcoTect paperboard can offer significant cost savings. It's also a responsible option -- EcoTect paperboard is made from 100% recycled fibers and is recyclable. 

And now, EcoTect paperboard has become the first URB to be certified by the Rochester Institute of Technology to Hewlett-Packard (HP) Indigo print platform specifications.

 

Technical Information

Caliper range of 16-32 pt. (more options available upon request)
Densities ranging from 3.4 to 3.8 for excellent yield
Proven for offset lithography, flexographic and digital printing technologies
Meets FDA requirements for food contact packaging
Variety of custom options available

Recyclability

Our EcoTect bending chip is not just a high-performance product -- it's the responsible option.

  • Sourced from 100% recycled materials (85% post-consumer, 15% post-industrial), pulling material from the waste stream and reducing waste-to-landfill
  • FSC and SFI Certified (see Certifications below)
  • PiQET Analysis available
  • Functionally equivalent stacking strength when compared to virgin grades (caliper for caliper)

EcoTect paperboard offers environmental responsibility, reduced waste-to-landfill, and recovery for use in closed-loop cycles.

Case Study

Strength, performance & cost savings for a leading retailer.

Hickory Farms was using virgin kraft sheet as an accent on their holiday gift packages, but they were looking for an alternative. They needed to find a base laminating sheet that would perform as well as their existing base sheet in strength, while at the same time lowering their overall costs.

Download Our Hickory Farms Case Study

Certifications

Sonoco’s U.S., Canadian, U.K., Brazilian and one of our Mexican mills are certified to one or more fiber certification programs. These are: the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification® (PEFC®) Chain of Custody and Due Diligence System Standards. Additionally, we have plants in our composite can packaging, tubes & cores, and packaging carton operations certified to these programs and producing certified packaging. Overall sales (certified and not) by these mills and fiber certified plants is equal to 15% of Sonoco’s revenue.

All but three of our 19 global paperboard mills use 100% recycled fiber in their production. Some amount of responsibly-sourced virgin fiber is needed for select grades of paperboard. The amount of recycled fiber in our composite cans range from 60 to 80+ percent, depending on the product specifications for the package. On average, the amount of recycled fiber used in our industrial tubes and cores exceeds 95 percent.

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