Colbert Packaging Plants Trees with Elementary Students
TICCIT(R) Program teaches the next generation about trees and recycling
Trees are a critically important part of Earth's ecosystem. As a family-owned, paperboard packaging manufacturer, Colbert's sustainability commitment includes educating future generations and providing them with the same opportunity to thrive that their parents and grandparents have enjoyed.
"We plant trees with the kids to spark interest and personal connection to the environment,"
The hands-on engagement activity gave students the opportunity to plant a sapling in a paperboard carton filled with soil to bring home. "The children were fascinated to learn about trees and the many ways in which we use them," said Kathy Hagstrom, an Elmwood Park Elementary teacher. "They really enjoyed getting their hands dirty digging in the dirt and planting their saplings to take home!"
The program showed participants that the carton, planted directly in the ground, provides protection and a natural water funnel for the new tree. As the tree grows, the carton will break down and complete the "trees into cartons, cartons into trees" cycle. The TICCIT curriculum teaches the next generation that trees are a sustainable crop, just like fruits and vegetables, and highlights the importance of recycling. In addition, TICCIT beautifies the community by increasing the number of trees planted. For more information about TICCIT, visit paperbox.org/
Celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2019, Colbert Packaging Corporation is a family-owned business with extensive R&D capabilities and a solid reputation for excellence. Founded in 1959, Colbert Packaging has grown its repertoire of paperboard packaging solutions into what has become one of the most comprehensive, diverse and inventive portfolios in the industry. Lake Forest, Ill., is home to Colbert's headquarters and its flagship custom folding carton operation. Flexographic-
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