Sustainability and Eco Friendly Packaging - Bay Cities Sustainability and Eco Friendly Packaging - Bay Cities

Our Approach


We understand the importance of sustainability. We pride ourselves on working with environmentally-friendly products and continue to strive to create the best solutions for ourselves and our partners.

The steam generated from the paper plant, New Indy, is what powers our corrugator, Encorr. Our corrugator is the second one of its nature in North America. It runs at 100% efficiency with zero waste for maximum sustainability. Encorr and New Indy are around the corner from one another, eliminating transportation costs. A bridge has been built to allow New Indy to deliver sheet rolls to Encorr without the use of trucks. Encorr is located in the Los Angeles area with minimal distance of transportation to our plant.

Bay Cities Green Program

Bay Cities has an internal green program, which focuses on being proactively environmentally in all that we do while helping us reduce operating costs. It encourages our employees to be more environmentally conscious and more efficient too.

Elements of the program focus on savings in different and diverse categories:

  • Energy. Some examples are:
    • Improved lightning conditions by changing to LED and fluorescent lighting
    • Pre-programmed thermostats
    • A white cool roof on our buildings
  • Chemicals. Some examples are:
    • 99% of our chemicals are environmentally friendly
    • Water-based inks
    • A biodegradable degreaser
  • Fuel. Some examples are:
    • Use of fuel saving equipment throughout the warehouse
    • Ensuring full truck loads
    • Enabling delivery at nights and early morning hours when roads are clear
  • Recyclable. Some examples are:
    • Materials recycled include used oil, ink cartridges, and pre-consumer paper-based waste
    • Reuse of machine tooling whenever possible
    • Corrugated waste and scraps are sent to our paper mill where it is recycled into new sheets
    • Recycling bins can be found throughout all facilities

Our materials are a minimum of 60% recycled with our corrugated brown boxes comprised of over 90% recycled materials.

In 2019, Bay Cities recycled over:

  • 4,428 tons of paper
  • 12 tons of plastic
  • 21 tons of metal

That’s enough to save:

  • 72,223 Mature trees
  • 17,567,561 kw-hrs of Electricity
  • 1,975,602 gallons of oil
  • 29,738,940 gallons of water
  • 15,005 cubic yards of landfill space

SFI® Certificate

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) is a nonprofit solutions-orientated sustainability organization that collaborates on forest-based conservation and community initiatives that demonstrate and enhance our shared quality of life while providing supply chain assurances through standards, data and authentic stories. For more info go to

Bay Cities has been certified according to the SFI® standard for sourcing. This means that our raw material in our supply chain comes from legal and responsible sources.

When you see the SFI® label on communication materials, it shows that we care about forest management and help meet the growing demand for forest products from certified sourcing.

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

We are partnered with Walmart in the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC). The SPC is a membership-based collaborative that believes in the power of industry to make packaging more sustainable.

As part of the coalition we are on a mission to use research and science-based approaches to help advance and communicate a positive, robust environmentally friendly vision for packaging. We support innovative, functional packaging materials and systems that promote economic and environmental health.