Initial Thinking and Stages of the Box Re-Use Before Recycling Movement


Eco Latch Systems, LLC, was founded in 2010 by two Wisconsin brothers. Their goal: lower the cost of doing business and reduce the impact on the environment by educating companies and the public on the re-use of corrugate boxes. Leveraging their life experiences in the business world, these company founders set out to create an easy-to-use, box flap closure system that would replace tape. Just as Velcro changed the way the world replaced shoe laces, zippers, and other clasping devices, the objective of Box Latch™ Products is to shift today’s paradigm from recycling corrugate to re-using it by Changing the way the world closes and re-uses boxes!”


New Opportunities in Supply Chain Sustainability

Research completed during the invention, patenting, and manufacturing of the Box Latch™ exposed some alarming statistics. 90% of cardboard boxes are used once.1 For every ton of cardboard that is re-used, we can save:



nine cubic yards of landfill,

380 gallons of oil,

4,000 kilowatts of energy,

7,000 gallons of water and

17 trees – saving

64% of the energy

58% of the water,

while eliminating 60 lbs. of air pollution!

Moreover, these 17 trees can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1,500 pounds of carbon dioxide.[1]

With each ton of bundled corrugate that is re-used instead of recycled, the savings are magnified by eliminating the labor, transportation, and energy costs of recycling.

Re-Use these boxes three, five, or more times and the cost and environmental savings are extraordinary.[2]

When possible, re-using boxes in a business environment only makes sense (cents!) With box re-use, manufacturing, distribution, and storage facilities are better able to reduce their operational costs in a triple bottom line manner – generating benefits for their people, our planet and their profit margins.


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[2] Ask us to see and use our fact finding, Box Latch™, costs savings calculator as applied to your situation.