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Carbon Footprint Life Cycle of ZEO® Box

Carbon Footprint Life Cycle of ZEO® Box


ClearCarbon has conducted a simplified carbon footprint product analysis on the ZEO® Box corrugate box to understand the reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with box light-weighting. Using a 2009 as a baseline timeframe, CO2e emission savings were calculated based on utilizing less corrugate material in the design of a 48" x 47.5" x 30.5" box. Annual box specifications, raw materials, processing energy and supplier locations were provided by YFY Paper Corp (ZEO® cardboard maker) in Nanjing, China and standard industry data in Ecoinvent 2.1 were used to model the ZEO® Box and an equivalent average box of the same dimensions. A summary of the results follows. 

Overall, the ZEO® Box compared to the average cardboard box saves 185 tons of CO2e per year. This is based on 2009 results received and replacing 526,000 boxes with ZEO® Boxes. The carbon footprint analysis considered the relevant "life cycle" phases of the box, including:

  • Raw material,

  • Raw material transportation,

  • Manufacturing of the box, and

  • Distribution of the box.

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The raw material and manufacturing life cycle phases contribute the majority of carbon savings for the ZEO® Box when comparing to the Average box.


* For more information about this calculation, please contact:
Anna Nicholson, ClearCarbon (


Announced Date: September 10, 2010

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