June 2017 Member Spotlight: Graphic Packaging

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Every year in conjunction with the Paperboard Packaging Council, Graphic Packaging International (GPI) hosts an educational event in the local communities where they have operations. TICCIT (pronounced “ticket”) stands for Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees, and it is an outreach program for school-aged children that highlights the renewability and sustainability of paper and paperboard packaging.  Volunteers from our carton plants and paper mills visit local schools to teach students about how trees are harvested to make paper for packaging, as well as how those packages can be further recycled into future packaging.  

Students are given an overview of the variety of products made by Graphic Packaging International and the forests products industry. The program highlights the sustainable forestry and renewable materials used by the industry and the recyclability of the many useful products. At the end of the program, each student plants a sapling into a recycled, biodegradable paperboard carton to take home and re-plant.

In 2016 the program reached 16,300 students in 38 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.  This year it expanded internationally to Mexico, Brazil and Europe, and is expected to reach over 20,000 students, bringing the total to almost 100,000 student participants since Graphic Packaging International began supporting the program in 2008!

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 Students receive their own tree sapling as part of their education on sustainable forestry
 Graphic Packaging VP Andy Johnson educated students on the importance of paper recycling