The rise of cardboard continues to be driven by the decline of bricks and mortar retail and the ever-increasing popularity of E commerce.

In the war against plastic, cardboard is maintaining its winning reputation as the most sustainable, environmentally friendly an ocean safe packaging material of choice.


We typically think of cardboard as brown boxes, but go inside the manufacturing of this dominant packaging material and you'll find it comes in two types:

Paperboard The first type of cardboard is called paperboard used for greeting cards, cereal boxes, pizza boxes, toilet paper rolls, toothpaste boxes, bakery boxes with paperboard being a single layer cardboard that's thicker than printing paper but still thin and easy to bend, fold and tear.

Corrugated Fibreboard The second type of cardboard is corrugated fibreboard largely being the preferred manufacturing material for shipping boxes. Corrugated fibreboard is made up of three layers of cardboard, an inside layer and outer layers incorporating a fluted triangle shaped medium placed between the outer layers providing the significant strength that cardboard requires to provide the safe shipping of contents.

Cardboard Types
Since shipping is priced by volumetric weight be it road, air of ocean freight, the fact that corrugated fibreboard is light yet strong makes this material a clear winner over wood and metal when it comes to packaging, hence its dominance. Corrugated fibreboard itself comes in many different types and can be specifically designed to best suit what it is that you're shipping. Cardboard boxes can be single faced single wall, double wall, or triple wall, ultimately the more layers added the thicker the box becomes providing more protection that the items stored inside obtain. Larger sized triangles create an increased wall thickness providing greater cushioning of contents.

 With over 95% of physical goods in the world being packed transported and stored in corrugated cardboard boxes, its popularity is easy to understand given the strength, light weight and sustainability.

When we recycle our cardboard boxes and paper, it all gets transported to a recycling plant where it's boiled and mashed into recycled wood fibre. A common misunderstanding is that cardboard and paper can be recycled an infinite number of times but in reality paper can only be recycled on average four to six times. Every time paper or cardboard is recycled its fibres degrade and become shorter and weaker resulting for the need to introduce some virgin fibre to maintain the strength and quality of the recycled cardboard being produced.

With virgin fibre forests being regulated natural resources that must achieve specific sustainable standards and certifications, no longer are cardboard manufacturing companies carelessly destroying acres of trees with any thought to source their virgin fibre. The amount of harvestable wood forests is restricted and carefully monitored to make sure that harvesting never exceeds growth while at the same time rotation is mandatory meaning that only one area is harvested out of time and that young trees are tended and protected until they mature into harvestable forests. This method of managing natural resources contributes to the sustainable standards and certifications stated by paperboard and corrugated fibreboard manufacturers.

FSC® certification is a Chain of Custody standard. This effectively allows the tracing of the final packaging product back to the printer, then to the paper merchant, to the mill, and finally back to the forest. For a material to receive its status, the forestry needs to be FSC® certified and demonstrate that the forest is well managed and sustainable. FSC® certified materials and make on-pack claims so that your clients know you have chosen a responsibly and sustainably sourced material for your packaging requirements.

As consumers we generally take the existence of paperboard and corrugated fibreboard for granted as we ship massive amounts of goods to tens of thousands of locations across the globe. Similarly we give little thought to the afterlife of cardboard as we dispose of it into the bin.

Extending the Life of Used Cardboard

Contributing to a community of circularity requires thinking outside of the square and embracing new ideas and habits. With much focus and accountability surrounding sustainability in business, there are many new ways and habits we can embrace to make a positive impact to the future of our environment.

If your organisation ships product, one way to easily incorporate greater ongoing sustainability into your business is to modify your used cardboard boxes into a circular resource. The involves using Cardboard Perforators ( sometimes called Cardboard Shredders ) which essentially converts a spent resource into usable protective product packaging and void fill material used to ship ship product with.

Perforated Cardboard Packaging

The ongoing Rise of Cardboard Perforators is clearly driven by growing environmental awareness including the negative consequences that go with using plastic packaging. Now days the growing awareness and advantages of using Cardboard Perforators has become so obvious that the benefits cannot be ignored to those serious about protecting our environment.

Cardboard Perforators now days are genuinely a Good News Story, so positively impacting all stakeholders. Here are some of the most obvious benefits of incorporating a Cardboard Perforator into your shipping process:

  • Eco Friendly Alternative to Bubble Wrap / Plastic Packaging.
  • Easy to Incorporate into your Shipping Processes.
  • Fast and Easy to Use and Reuse.
  • Create On Demand (no need to hold stock of packaging).
  • Projects a Positive Image to Receivers of Your Products.
  • Extends the Life of Cardboard Before Recycling or Going to Landfill.
  • Eliminates Cardboard Disposal Costs.
  • Reduces Expenditure on Packaging Products.
  • Saves Energy Required to Recycle Cardboard.
  • Directly Contributes to the Circular Economy.

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