When we talk about circularity, we mean two things. First, there’s the idea of zero waste. There’s also the idea of reclaiming that waste to make new products, thereby minimizing the need for raw materials. That sounds a lot like recycling, right?

Recycling is circularity on a basic level, and recycling can have a huge impact. Pratt Industries, for example, reclaims approximately 3 million tons of recyclable material each year and turns the recovered fiber into cardboard moving boxes, including those for sale at The Home Depot.

Each year, The Home Depot sells approximately 80 million Pratt boxes. The Pratt moving boxes available in all The Home Depot locations are made from 100 percent recovered fiber collected from household and business recycling programs across the country. That recovered fiber is separated at a Materials Recovery Facility; transported to a paper mill; broken down, cleaned, screened and pressed; converted at a corrugator; and shipped to a Home Depot store in the form of new boxes. This closed-loop process gives new life to used products, thereby preserving natural resources essential for future generations.