How Home Depot makes its iconic cardboard boxes


Home Depot sells 75 million moving boxes each year and has the largest market share of moving boxes.
We visit a paper mill in Staten Island, NY, to see how Home Depot makes its iconic cardboard boxes from recycled paper.

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The following is a transcript of the video:

Narrator: If you’ve ever moved out of an apartment or house, chances are you’ve encountered one of these boxes. It’s not surprising since Home Depot has the largest market share for moving boxes, selling 75 million of them each year. Home Depot boxes are made exclusively by Pratt Industries at five different paper mills in the US. What may surprise you is that the whole process begins at your front steps. First, recycled paper gets picked up from the city curbs and brought to the Staten Island paper mill by barge or truck.

John: One thing that is very significant about our business overall is that we only make things out of recycled material, we don’t make anything at all out of virgin trees.

Narrator: Then there are six main steps in turning recycled material into a corrugated box. So once the recyclable paper has been unloaded, a large crane then comes down and lifts it and puts it up into the pulper. The easiest way to explain this is if you think about a regular washing machine where you have an agitator in the middle, we put the recyclable paper in there, and then it’s agitated along with warm water to separate the fibers out. Narrator: Once the paper is broken down into pulp, it goes through several screening-and-filtering processes to remove impurities such as ink, plastic, rubber, and styrofoam. What’s left is a very clean, raw paper fiber. The raw paper fiber is then pressed and vacuumed into …read more

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