How many cartons are in your fridge? #choosecartons

With the amount of time we spend trying to choose greener and more earth-friendly products, I seem to have missed an important part of the home. Our fridge! It’s pretty shocking to see how un-green the inside of the refrigerator can be! Thanks to Evergreen Packaging, and their recently launched interactive website– ““, I am now taking a closer look at the packaging our food comes in.  

To get started and give myself a clearer picture on why I need to be more aware of the product packaging when I am shopping, I took the Fridge Hunt challenge! I am a bit embarrassed by how few cartons there are in my fridge! The only items that we have in cartons are orange juice, my chocolate Silk milk, a carton of heavy cream and a dozen eggs. Oh , the nacho cheese and the stick butter are packaged in paper as well! Shameful!

I do have quite a few glass packaged products, which I think is slightly better than plastic! There are several items that I could swap out for paper cartons if I make a consious effort. I wish that more products were available in cartons!

inside my messy fridge

After rummaging through our fridge, I was ready to learn a bit more about cartons and why I should be using more of them. is a site all about raising awareness of the environmental benefits of paper carton packaging! The site has many resources and interactive tools that you can use to advocate purchasing products in paper cartons with your friends, family and social media outlets. Also, you can check out the to find out if there are carton recycling facilities nearby!

Evergreen has some some interesting facts about paper cartons. Did you know?:

Over 41 million households have access to carton recycling, and that number is on the rise. In addition, cartons are made from renewable materials – more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper, all from trees from responsibly managed forests.

Packaging plays a very important role in keeping food and beverages fresh. The environmental impact of a package is just as important as the contents inside. 

Cartons are recyclable where facilities exist. The paper fiber contained in cartons is valuable. Recycled cartons are used to make products such as tissue, office paper, wall boards and other building materials. To learn if your community accepts cartons for recycling, please visit or check with your local recycling program.

Cartons are made with renewable energy. More than 50 percent of the energy used to make the paper in Evergreen Packaging’s cartons comes from biomass.

Responsible forestry promotes new forest growth, and these forests help to diminish greenhouse gases. Forests remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in trees. In the US, due to both increases in the total area of forest land and increases in the carbon stored per acre, an additional 192 million metric tons of carbon are sequestered each year through responsible forest management programs nationwide. This offsets roughly 11% of the country’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of removing almost 135 million passenger vehicles from the nation’s highways.

I have to say that I do love paper cartons for keeping foods fresher. It seems that the orange juice and milks that I purchase in cartons taste better longer than the ones in clear plastic containers. I learned that is because the cartons can help block UV light and keep our products fresher longer and help them to retain their nutritional value!  Cartons are also great to have on hand for school and science fair projects! My children and I have used cartons to make everything from seedling starters to orange juice mini greenhouses to race cars! Just a few more reasons to use cartons!

So how does your fridge stack up? 

As part of the Choose Cartons campaign, you can help Evergreen Packaging help others! Each time someone joins the CHOOSECARTONS conversation by sharing carton facts via Twitter {use the #choosecartons hashtag}, you’ll be helping to raise money for Habitat for Humanity® (up to $15,000)! Show your support by educating others about the benefits of paper cartons.

You can visit for more green tips, carton eco-facts, get information on carton inspired art and so much more! Also, join the conversation by following @choosecartons on Twitter and ChooseCartons on Facebook for even more details and ways to get involved!

Evergreen Packaging is a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions customized to deliver product freshness and brand distinction. 

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I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Evergreen and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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  1. That is interesting! But unfor nothing that i buy has a choice from plastic to paper…?


  2. I think it depends on the kind of carton. If it is made of pure paper, it readily be recycled. If it is line with foil, it is another item that cannot be readily processed.

  3. I assume maybe milk has choice from plastic to paper. There are limitations with this for not every thing I buy does have that option BUT I will keep a closer eye out at the store to see what options I have. Great idea, using paper makes sense because then I can toss it in with my recycling each week!

  4. This isn’t something I ever think about when choosing which products to buy! I think the only cartons I have right now are for almond milk…

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