Paperboard – the Natural Choice

Paperboard folding cartons are an ideal packaging medium for personal care products because of their billboard space, decorative options, protective properties, and sustainability attributes.

Brands have limited space and time to capture the attention of consumers. Well-designed paperboard packaging incorporating intricate shapes or die cutting acts as a brand ambassador that attract consumer attention when and where it matters most – at the point of sale (both retail and online).

The use of specialty paperboards and decorative effects (e.g., specialty coatings, foil, embossing) can add texture and dimension to packaging and reinforce the premium positioning of a brand, while inviting closer inspection and interaction on the part of the consumer.

Carefully Curated Paperboards

We have curated a variety of virgin (SBS), recycled (WCCN), and mixed sources paperboard options with exceptional sustainability attributes to turn your packaging ideas into reality. The only limit is your imagination. Go ahead, let your imagination run wild!

Folding Carton Substrates

Below is a list of our most commonly-used paperboard substrates. All are recyclable and some are made with recycled content. Contact us for more details.

Solid bleached sulfate paperboard coated on 1 side.
Solid bleached sulfate paperboard coated on 2 sides. Can be single or multi-ply board, but is comprised of 100% chemical pulp.
Mixed Sources
Made with post consumer waste (PCW) recycled fiber and solid bleached sulfate (SBS) virgin fiber. Uncoated on both sides.
Folding box board. Multi-ply paperboard utilizing a combination of chemical and some form of MP (Mechanical Pulp) or TMP (Thermo Mechanical Pulp) fiber.
Unbleached, high-yield, low density paperboard made from virgin fiber.
White clay coated news made from 100% recycled fibers.

Paperboard Suppliers

Diamond carefully evaluates all materials and suppliers in an effort to make the best recommendation for your product.

Our suppliers include Clearwater Paper, which has earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and is recognized by The Rainforest Alliance, a nonprofit international conservation organization, for integrating environmental and social sustainability into their work.

Other FSC-certified suppliers include: BillerudKorsnäs, Ecological Fibers, Iggesund Paperboard, Metsä Group, Neenah, SappiStora Enso, and WestRock.

  • BillerudKorsnäs CrownBoard Prestige paperboard is certified as a compostable and biodegradable material.
  • BillerudKorsnäs’ operations are fully certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, PEFC Chain of Custody, and FSC Chain of Custody.
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Clearwater Paper
  • Candesce SBS is a premium, solid bleached sulfate board made from virgin fibers.
  • Candesce features a superior printing surface that delivers package strength at 10% lower weights than recycled board (raises product-to-package ratio).
  • Candesce is FSC certified. 
  • ReMagine™ paperboard is made with 10-30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) fiber.
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Ecological Fibers
  • Flexpak Lumina Pearlescent is dyed-through kraft board with a protective aqueous top coat that boasts an unbelievable reflective pearl sheen.
  • Flexpak Lumina Pearlescent is FSC-certified.
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Graphic Packaging
  • Everest SBS folding carton board is a high-strength, bleached paperboard that is ideal for high-end applications.
  • PaceSetter coated recycled paperboard (CRB) is made from 100% recycled fiber content (minimum 35% post-consumer waste).
  • Graphic Packaging paperboards are FSC certified.
  • Graphic Packaging uses up to 65% renewable biomass energy to manufacture their products.
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  • Invercote G premium paperboard features a exceptionally smooth print surface. Invercote G is 100% recyclable and made from a renewable resource.
  • Invercote G is FSC-certified.
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  • MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright is a fully coated bleached paperboard with a white reversed side.
  • MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright provides an ideal surface for special finishing effects.
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  • Loop is made from 80% Post Consumer Waste (PCW) fiber.
  • Loop features a lush uncoated surface that accepts ink beautifully and performs extremely well throughout the entire finishing and converting manufacturing process.
  • Loop's premium surface is very tactile and lends itself to a wide range of printing and finishing techniques.
  • Loop is FSC certified (mixed sources).
  • Loop is manufactured carbon neutral, with Green-e certified wind power.
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  • Envi PC 80 is made from 80% Post Consumer Waste (PCW) and 20% responsibly sourced virgin fiber.
  • Envi PC 80 is manufactured Process Chlorine Free, Carbon Neutral, with Green-e certified 100% renewable electricity.
  • Envi PC 80 is FSC certified (mixed sources).
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  • All Neenah folding board papers are FSC certified and are made with 100% renewable green electricity.
  • Neenah Folding Board is a premium, natural choice available in a variety of finishes.
  • Neenah 100 PC White is made from 100% Post Consumer Waste (PCW) fibers.
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  • Spectro C1S/C2S is a single-ply SBS with enhanced optics, making it ideal for premium applications that call for dynamic and vibrant images.
  • Proto C1S is a single-ply SBS, which provides superior convertibility and a consistent surface.
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  • Performa Brilliance is a coated GC1 board with a three-layer fiber construction and CTMP (chemi-thermomechanical pulp) in the middle layer. It is triple-pigment-coated on the top side, with one layer of coating on the reverse side.
  • Performa Brilliance is FSC certified.
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  • ReNew100 Angel low density coated recycled board is made from 100% recycled fibers (average 35% PCW).
  • ReNew100 Angel features a smooth print surface for eye-catching graphics.
  • ReNew100 Angel is FDA compliant for direct food contact.
  • Kraftpak is a high-yield, low density paperboard which offers a significant source reduction advantage compared to regular-density paperboard grades.
  • Kraftpak is a natural, unbleached packaging alternative that is 100% recyclable and made from a renewable resource.
  • Kraftpak is FSC certified.
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Recycled is in Our Fiber™

Diamond has been a pioneer in the adoption of paperboards with recycled content. This includes mixed sources and 100% recycled options:

  • ReMagine™ paperboard — made with 10-30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) fiber
  • Mohawk Loop, Monadnock Envi PC 80 — made with 80% post consumer waste (PCW) recycled fiber and 20% responsibly sourced virgin fiber
  • Neenah 100 PC White — made from 100% post consumer waste (PCW) fiber
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Caldera + Lab folding cartons are made from 100% post consumer recycled (PCR) fiber.

The Sustainable Choice

Paperboard is the most recyclable substrate in the market. In fact, the paper recovery rate was nearly 68% in 2022, and accounts for 66.5% of municipal solid waste (MSW) recovered for recycling in the U.S.

When you consider the aesthetic, protective, and sustainable properties of paperboard, it’s the natural choice for environmentally friendly packaging.

Brands can communicate these benefits to consumers through on-product labeling, including the internationally recognized Mobius recycling logo or the Paperboard Packaging Council's (PPC) Paperboard Packaging Recyclable logo, to communicate that consumers can—and should—recycle them.

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Recycling Data

The most recent data published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that paper and paperboard packaging accounts for 76% of all packaging materials recovered for recycling in the U.S.

Learn more by downloading the EPA's Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2018 Fact Sheet (December 2020).

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Environmental Impact Calculator

How many trees could you save by using recycled paperboard? Click on the Environmental Paper Network's Paper Calculator to find out.

Also, Neenah offers an EnviroCalculator to generate a personalized report on the environmental savings achieved by using Neenah paperboard with post-consumer waste (PCW) fiber.

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Carbon Neutrality of Paperboard

What is the role of paperboard manufacturing in the larger carbon cycle? The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) and the American Wood Council (AWC) explain the complex issue of biomass carbon neutrality in only 90 seconds.

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Carbon Neutrality of Paperboard

The Power of Trees

Sappi has been a pioneer in paper making since the company’s founding in 1854, and later revolutionized the industry when they invented the first coated paper. The company continually strives to reduce its environmental footprint and uses triple-certified forestry practices.

Today, they are on a mission of harnessing the power of trees to the next level by finding new, innovative ways to use woodfiber as a key ingredient in everyday products.

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Stora Enso

What if you could push the limits of sustainable packaging?

Stora Enso, one of Diamond's paperboard suppliers, asks this important question. Their video submission in the PPC 2021 Associate Film Festival speaks to a changing world and the increasing demand for innovative and more sustainable packaging solutions. Through collaboration with customers, industry partners, and recyclers, Stora Enso plans to accelerate the materials eco-evolution and make the circular economy a reality.

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Tell Your Environmental Story

Through On-Product Labeling

Connect with those that share your same values. Tell your story with environmental logos.

Our experienced and talented staff has the skills and expertise you can trust with your brand. They successfully build the bridge between the creative design and the final product, ensuring that the package comes to life in the retail environment.

They will also advise you on the proper implementation of environmental or sustainability-related symbols and artwork, including:

  • Recyclable / Recycled logos
  • FSC label
  • Carton Made with Wind Energy logo
Recycling Symbol
The universal recycling symbol (or Möbius Loop) is an internationally recognized symbol used to designate recyclable materials. Brands may communicate this on their packaging.
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FSC Label
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is the global standard-setter in responsible forest management. Conscientious consumers can look for the FSC logo on wood products to know they are supporting forest management that protects biodiversity and supports local communities.
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Wind Energy Logo
Diamond purchases clean, renewable wind energy credits (RECs) for 100% of its electricity energy requirements through 3Degrees, a leader in renewable energy and climate solutions. Diamond grants its customers the right and license to use the attached logo in connection with their packaging.
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Paperboard Samples

Contact us for more information on paperboard options or to request a free folding carton sample kit. The kit includes examples of different paperboard substrates and capabilities, including specialty UV coatings, cold foiling, foil stamping, embossing, and windowing. All are designed to attract the consumer’s attention when and where it matters most—at the point of sale.

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