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PPC registers participation up 22% from 2013 to TICCIT education program

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PPC registers participation up 22% from 2013 to TICCIT education program

May 05, 2014 - 17:42

SPRINGFIELD, MA, May 5, 2014 (Press Release) -From April 21-25, 2014, a record 28 member companies of the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) distributed 14,500 saplings to students and community members through TICCIT ("Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees"), an educational program sponsored by PPC that promotes planting trees in recycled cartons or paperboard boxes as a way to highlight the importance of recycling and the sustainable nature of paper-based packaging.

As part of TICCIT, volunteers show students how to plant saplings-most of which were sourced from the Arbor Day Foundation-in paperboard boxes. The children then learn how to transfer the saplings in these biodegradable cartons to a local park or back yard. Once grown, the trees can restore areas that have been damaged by fire or disease; provide a natural and beautiful way to cool one's home, school, or workplace in the summer; and in the winter, mitigate powerful wind gusts.

"We are thrilled that this vital educational program is gaining such critical traction," says Kim Guarnaccia, TICCIT Program project manager and PPC Director of Marketing. "Next year we hope to widen the scope by encouraging non-members and teachers to participate; the more who are touched by the program, the more schoolchildren are likely to better understand a tree's role in our ecosystem and the sustainable story of paper."

Participating companies include:

  • Accord Carton Co.

  • American Carton Co.

  • Apex Paper Box

  • Artistic Carton Co.

  • Bell, Inc.

  • Carded Graphics

  • CardPak Inc.

  • Clearwater Paper

  • Dee Paper Box Co.

  • Frankston Packaging

  • Graphic Packaging Int'l

  • Graph-Pak Corp.

  • Imperial Packaging

  • Innomark Packaging Solutions

  • Joe Piper Inc.

  • Kapstone Paper Co.

  • Kiwiplan, Inc.

  • Nordson Corp.

  • Proteus Packaging

  • River Valley Paper Co.

  • Southern Champion Tray

  • The Standard Group

  • Thoro Packaging

  • TPC Printing and Packaging

  • Unipak, Inc.

  • Western Slope Ind.

  • WH Leary Co.

  • Zumbiel Packaging

For info on how you or your company can participate any time during the year, visit

Now in its 84th year, PPC is the leading industry association serving suppliers and converters of all forms of paperboard packaging. PPC works to grow, promote, and protect the paperboard packaging industry while providing its members with resources and tools to compete effectively and successfully in the marketplace.