Our Approach to Sustainability

Great Northern feels a responsibility to help the world and people around us. We have the means to make a difference and we intend to take advantage of our position to help others and the environment.



Paper-based packaging is made from natural renewable sources such as trees. Over 50% of paper packaging is made from logging that is done in a controlled, renewable process. Forest product companies are in the business of growing and harvesting trees. In fact, each year in the U.S., it’s estimated that the logging industry harvests 900 million trees and replants 2.5 billion according to Daneson, an American toothpick manufacturer.



Great Northern manufacturing facilities meet all applicable Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state, and local environmental rules and regulations to minimize our impact to the air, soil and water. To protect the local communities in which we operate, Great Northern strictly follows the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act reporting thresholds for any hazardous chemicals that may be used.



Working with our internal logistics partner, the Great Northern team has successfully implemented several initiatives that have enabled us to improve our logistics through more efficient routing, better cube utilization of trailers and fewer empty hauls. Our own System 3000 inventory management program is user-friendly and allows you to quickly and efficiently replenish packaging inventories.

View our Salm Partners Success Story to see this in action



Our structural design team will work with you to create impactful, efficient packaging solutions. Whether it’s SKU consolidation, setup labor savings, size and orientation analysis, cube utilization, trailer or warehouse maximization or package equipment recommendations — we have over 70 experienced structural designers and engineers on staff to provide you with innovative packaging solutions to safely get your products to market.


Product End of Life

When all is said and done and the package is no longer needed, it gets thrown away. Since corrugated packaging is renewably sourced, it has a high recycling rate,  of 93%. It decomposes about 400 – 1,000 years faster than plastic. Finally, when corrugated is recycled it can be used 7-10 times to make new boxes and other paper products.

Watch our recorded webinar Paper vs Plastic: Which Solution Is More Sustainable? to learn more about the benefits of paper packaging!



Check out this video from the Fibre Box Association (FBA): Corrugated Packages – Safely delivering goods to customers worldwide.



Learn more about our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and request to download the full version of our Corporate Responsibility Report:

Learn More About our CSR Program

Great Expectations

Great Expectations is more than a tagline, it is an attitude. At Great Northern, customer challenges are met by an undying spirit to doing what others can’t or won’t. It’s in our DNA. And it is what our customers have come to expect with Great Northern.

How can we exceed your expectations?