Sustainability

Sustainable Cartons

At Dollard Packaging, we are committed to helping you get sustainable packaging for your product. Whether you are just starting out on the process of getting sustainable packaging or you are already working on this, we can help you with every aspect of this process.
Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions about sustainable packaging in a short video or you can read a longer version in the text below.

FAQs about Sustainable Cartons and Sleeves

1) What does it mean to have Sustainable Packaging?
2) What makes a carton sustainable?
3) What does FSC – approved boards/suppliers mean?
4) How can you tell if the board that Dollard Packaging uses is sustainable?
5) Are these sustainable boards suitable for Food and other Packaging?
6) Dollard Packaging are members of Repak – what does this actually mean?
7) Can Dollard Packaging help me create the structure/prototype for my carton or sleeve?

8) Will my carton still be sustainable if a window material has been applied?
9) What type of ink do Dollard Packaging use?
10) Will Dollard Packaging still be able to source sustainable boards after Brexit?
11) Is Dollard Packaging an Irish company?
12) Explanation of Biodegradable and Compostable Terms/Standards
13) Blogs on Sustainability
14) Progressing your sustainable carton packaging project.


1) What does it mean to have Sustainable Packaging?

Sustainable packaging means that the cartons and sleeves that you use for your packaging can be either composted or recycled or both at the end of their life cycle. This means that the end user can put your packaging in the recycling bin or the composting bin.

2) What makes a carton sustainable?

A carton is sustainable if the material that it contains is from a renewable resource and the cartons can be recycled or composted. For example, boards (i.e. the material] we use at Dollard Packaging is from FSC-approved boards suppliers.
If your carton has a window area and you require a film over that window, we can use a film material that is made from plant-based materials and contains no plastic.

3) What are FSC- approved board suppliers?

Using a board from an FSC-approved supplier means that for every tree that was cut down to create this board another tree will be replanted in its place. i.e. the board comes from a “Managed Forest”.
What does FSC mean? FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council. They use their expertise to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests, bringing together experts from the environmental, economic and social spheres.

4) How can you tell if the board that Dollard Packaging uses is sustainable?

All our boards are FSC traceable. This means that the boards used on your cartons can be traced right back to the actual forest in which the tree grew.

5) Are these sustainable boards suitable for Food Packaging?

Yes, all the board we use for food packaging is selected specially to suit the type of food that the cartons or sleeves will contain. For example, if your food product is going into a freezer, we will use a sustainable freezer-grade board, if your food product contains moisture or grease, we will use a board that has a moisture barrier. Whatever your product, we will help you find the correct board and carton structure for your product.

6) Dollard Packaging are members of Repak – what does this actually mean?

This means that Dollard Packaging are in full compliance with EU packaging regulations.

7) Can Dollard Packaging help me create the structure/prototype of my carton or sleeve?

Yes, we can help you choose the correct structure for your carton. The structure of your carton is extremely important in ensuring that your carton is fit for purpose throughout its lifecycle as well as ensuring that the correct carton structure minimises waste. Important Note: It is very important that you begin the project by consulting your carton manufacturer before you consult your graphic designer. This may seem counterintuitive, however, the most important initial issue regarding packaging is the structure of the carton or sleeve, not the artwork creation. The structure and the proposed material must be tested and approved before you approach a graphic designer looking for artwork creation.
You can read more about carton structure here.popcorn and drink carton in one piece

8) Will my carton still be sustainable if it has a window patch?

Yes, we have a sustainable window patch material that is made from plant-based materials and therefore it is sustainable. You can read more about the eco-film for window cartons here.

9) What type of ink do Dollard Packaging use?

We use a variety of ink types. Where appropriate, we use low migration inks. These inks are suitable for use on the non-contact side of direct food contact board.

10) Will Dollard Packaging still be able to source sustainable boards after Brexit?

Yes. None of our suppliers of sustainable boards are UK-based so we don’t use the UK as a land bridge in our supply chain.

11) Is Dollard Packaging an Irish company?

We are a wholly-owned Irish company based in Dublin, Ireland.

12) Explanation of Biodegradable and Compostable Terms/Standards

Terms / Standards for industrial biodegradability and compostability
The EN 13432 and ASTM D 6400 are the European and American industry standards for industrial biodegradability and compostability respectively. It is necessary to pass 4 tests to meet accreditations requirements.
1) Heavy metal content – The heavy metal content of the particular material should be within a pre-defined level. The level is explained in the standards.
2) Disintegration – The material should disintegrate into pieces <2mm within 3 months period when it is placed in the correct composting environment.
3) Biodegradation – The material must biodegrade within 6 months to at least 90% (when compared to a reference cellulose sample.)
4) Plant eco-toxicity – The resulting compost produced from Part 3 above is used to grow a selection of plants for testing purposes.
These plants are monitored during their own biodegrading process to ensure that any products produced are not harmful to the environment.

13) Blogs on Sustainability

If you would like to read more sustainability, check out our blogs on sustainability here.

14) Progressing your sustainable carton packaging project.

Contact us today to talk about your sustainable cartons and sleeves 01 847 0044 or sales@dollard-packaging.ie to make progress today.