Today, wood has become our most common major natural packaging material. However, in China, the limitations of wood packaging and the lack of bamboo packaging have become increasingly apparent as the packaging industry continues to expand.
Every year, China needs to import a large amount of wood and its products to meet market demand. However, relying on imported forest products to solve the problem of insufficient demand in China is not a long-term strategy. First, China’s economic strength is not strong enough to make billions of foreign exchange to import forest products every year. Second, the international timber market is unpredictable and dependent. Imports will put our country in a very passive situation.
Since some tree species are susceptible to pests and diseases themselves, packaging materials are subject to processing conditions and processes, and the cost in import and export trade is too high. In September 1998, the US government issued a Temporary Animal and Plant Quarantine Act to implement new inspection and quarantine regulations for wood packaging and bedding materials for Chinese goods exported to the United States. The wooden packaging that stipulates that China's goods exported to the United States must be accompanied by a certificate issued by the official quarantine office of China, which proves that the wood packaging has undergone heat treatment, fumigation treatment or anti-corrosion treatment before entering the United States, otherwise it is forbidden to import. Later, countries, such as Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, followed suit, which inevitably increased the high cost of fumigation or chemical insecticide treatment by Chinese exporters.
The large amount of timber harvested is undoubtedly adversely affecting the environment. At the same time, the speed of afforestation and its forestation is far from meeting the market demand for wood. Here, according to statistics, the average national production of shirts is 1.2 billion pieces per year, and the amount of paper used in the packaging box is 240,000 tons, which is equivalent to cutting down 1.68 million bowls of thick trees. If you count the amount of paper used for packaging and the trees to be felled, this is an amazing number. Therefore, it is necessary to develop other green packaging materials as soon as possible to replace wood packaging materials. Bamboo is the material of choice.