Cartons are an economical, durable and environmentally friendly way to package goods. They are ideal for mass distribution of a wide range of consumer goods. Many cartons are self-correcting, which means that they automatically close (or “pop-up”) on their own. This allows for an even higher degree of control in terms of precise packing of products, for longer shelf life and more economical use of packing materials and packing costs.
Paperboard and rigid box cartons are two of the most widely used packaging boxes. They are available in a wide range of thicknesses and paper styles. Boxes can be folded or rolled, but paperboard and rigid cartons are the best for long term use and superior strength. They are also superior in terms of thermal insulation.
Polystyrene is an excellent choice for packaging materials as it is light, strong and cost effective, especially when compared to corrugated boxes. It is especially useful for food and cosmetic products, as it is non-toxic and can also handle extreme temperatures well. Unfortunately, it is also very expensive and not widely available. Other good options for folding cartons are polystyrene foils and corrugated foils, although these boxes are not as versatile.
Plastic is perhaps the most flexible and lightweight of all the packaging boxes, but it is unfortunately not suitable for all packaging needs. It is also not easy to recycle. But plastic does provide superior insulating qualities, which makes it a popular choice for packing hot food and beverages. Unfortunately, it is still relatively expensive, although recycling is becoming much easier. As a compromise, some manufacturers use white Styrofoam as an alternative to plastic, although this is now the most common material.
When it comes to shipping and importation, no other material delivers superior packaging than pallets of straw or wood. Not only do pallet shipments simplify shipment, they often carry far more weight than other packaging boxes, ensuring that goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. The most popular way to transport straw or wood from one location to another is by train, but if the shipper does not have an appropriate permit, it can pose a security risk. Security can easily be integrated into the design of any pallet shipment, either with equipment already onboard or with special lockable crates that are kept outside the company premises.
While packaging boxes are designed to protect goods, they must also be kept clean to ensure their longevity. This means that it should be routinely replaced to remove any bacteria and dust that might accumulate within the box. Corrugated boards, foam peanuts and non-metallic corrugated boards are all viable options for keeping packaging boxes clean.