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Products and

Energy and resource efficiency are key considerations in our production processes. We are also committed to high standards of sustainability when developing new products and solutions. What we offer you today:

  • Packaging from the most sustainable natural material - corrugated board
  • Use of corrugated base paper manufactured from recycled waste paper, sustainably-managed forests or other controlled sources
  • Innovative and material-saving products and packaging concepts
  • Our plants are FSC® and BRCGS/IoP certified
  • Knowledge transfer on all sustainability topics relating to packaging at our Klingele Academy
  • Carbon-neutral packaging as a result of carbon offset

Packaging and protection of the environment go hand-in-hand in our corporate philosophy. You can find out more about how we associate the two here...

1. Corrugated board - a natural product

Corrugated board packaging is made entirely of sustainable raw material; it is manufactured from windfall timber and thinnings, or recycled material such as waste paper, boxes or used corrugated board. Adhesives made from sustainable raw materials such as corn, wheat or potato starch are also used. Corrugated board is a genuine natural product and the number 1 packaging material for environmental compatibility!

Corrugated board can be 100% recycled and is completely biodegradable; packaging can be recycled as waste paper and reintroduced into the production process. Almost all corrugated board packaging in Germany is recycled, this fulfils the key requirement of an eco-friendly recycling product.

Did you know that corrugated board produces much less CO2 than other packaging materials such as plastic (+ 362%) , aluminium (646%) or steel (+ 46%)? (Source FEFCO /CCB European Database Corrugated Board 2012)

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2. FSC® and a transparent supply chain

Our corrugated board packaging is made of 90 percent recycled paper. The remaining ten percent comes from sustainable forest management or controlled sources. We therefore believe in the importance of a transparent supply chain; our paper mills and box plants have been certified to the international standard FSC® for years. We also offer products with the FSC® Recycled or FSC® Mix seal on request.

  • FSC®

    The FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation that promotes the responsible management of forests. It has defined appropriate environmental and social standards whose scope also extends to recycled material such as paper. The FSC® certificate is the best-known standard and is now widely accepted internationally. Certification of our plants provides proof that we only use recycled paper or paper from responsible, controlled forest management throughout our entire value chain. Our paper suppliers are of course also FSC® certified.

  • FSC®-Mix

    Packaging from this product group contains a minimum of 70 percent FSC® wood and / or recycled paper and maximum 30 percent controlled wood. This also fulfils key nature conservation requirements.

  • FSC®-Recycled

    Products with this label contain nothing but recycled material.

3. Innovative packaging development

Customer benefits and protection of the environment are always in the forefront of our packaging development process. We continuously strive to improve our packaging concepts with regard to the use of material and natural resources - and also develop new solutions with innovations such as D flute and FastFix, or special packaging designs for specific sectors. The aim is always to achieve an optimum blend of excellent product protection, careful use of natural resources and cost efficiency.

D flute

D flute is an eco-friendly and economically-attractive alternative to B flute: it is thinner and enables up to 26 percent  greater pallet capacity. This reduces handling, logistics costs and the carbon footprint. It offers an excellent printing surface for a brilliant image thanks to its narrow flute pitch - an optimum showcase for your products!


FastFix is an eco-friendly solution popular with users: the concept consists of a corrugated box made of recycled paper and an insert of flexible depth from the same material, which secures goods in place during transport. Packing material, such as plastic chips, bubble wrap or similar, is no longer necessary - a huge bonus for the environment!

World Star Award

Resource efficiency, product protection and effective advertising: our single-shipment packaging for glass bottles ensures that valuable products can be shipped safely without a thought! This concept received a World Star Award in the drinks category from the World Packaging Organisation (WPO)!


The corrugated cardboard WellBag is made of 100 percent sustainable raw materials. In terms of its LCA, the WellBag reusable tote scores much higher than paper bags, cloth bags and all bags or carriers made of plastic. It is compostable and thanks to its trendy design, presents an attractive carry bag for your customers.

4. Certification to BRCGS

All sites of our group of companies are certified to BRCGS/IoP as we consistently comply with the highest possible standards in hygiene and product safety. This ensures that there is no avoidable risk of contamination from our products or production environment.

BRCGS / IoP: a standard that promotes trust

The BRCGS IoP was developed by the British Retail Consortium (BRCGS) in cooperation with the Institute of Packaging (IoP). It is an internationally-recognised quality assurance standard for primary packaging and food packaging. Its core elements include topics such as risk and hazard management as well as quality and hygiene management.

5. An essential source of knowledge: our Klingele Academy

We have acquired considerable knowledge and experience in technology, logistics and other topics since our company’s inception, 100 years ago. You too can benefit from this know-how – at our Klingele Academy!

Carbon offset - carbon-neutral packaging

A growing number of users are now interested in the eco-balance of their products. Companies can no longer view sustainability as just a marketing ploy, and must offer tangible results instead.

Avoiding carbon emissions and reducing them as far as possible is our absolute priority, and we support our customers with an attractive offer in the process: we use a web-based carbon footprint calculator to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from an actual order and provide the customer with a detailed account. This looks at the entire process chain, from raw material production to delivery to the customer (cradle to gate). Our customers can then immediately offset unavoidable carbon emissions by supporting climate protection projects – and profit from carbon-neutral packaging!

ClimatePartner, the internationally-renowned consultant and solutions provider on climate protection issues, is our strong and efficient partner in this project.

Your benefits

  • A solid, substantiated database for improving your carbon footprint
  • Active contribution to climate protection
  • Quantifiable proof of your climate-protection activities to show your customers

Our climate protection project

The project that we offer our customers encourages the installation of efficient cooking stoves in Mali, West Africa. New chimney-style stoves are much more efficient that traditional stoves and reduce the need for combustibles. This effectively reduces deforestation of the country’s sparse tree population and helps prevent advancing desertification. The project has Gold Standard approval which was developed for climate protection projects and has particularly stringent requirements with regard to sustainable development and involvement of the local populace.

Project success: 

  • Annual savings of 72,000 tonnes of carbon emissions
  • Drop in number of respiratory disorders and eye diseases caused by harmful smoke during cooking
  • Tree conservation
  • Prevention of further desertification