The Benefits of Using Corrugated Boxes

Almost everyone uses a corrugated box for some type of shipping or storing solution. They are arguably the most versatile and dynamic types of containers made, and are ideally suited for a wide range of solutions. These boxes come in a number of types, strengths and sizes, from industry standard sizes and styles to customizable by cutting and folding into a various shapes and sizes.

Corrugated cardboard boxes are made by combining heat, paper, adhesives and pressure. Meanwhile, corrugated plastic boxes are made by extruding thin wall plastic sheets produced from high impact polypropylene resin. Some people prefer corrugated plastic containers, but more than 95 percent of products are shipped in corrugated boxes as they have many advantages, such as:

  • Strong and designed to protect goods. Corrugated boxes are made of corrugated fiberboard or plastic with rows of air columns at the edge. The air column acts as a cushion and gives the box strength and durability. Each box is made to hold something just right, to keep it from moving around and from spilling.
  • Cost-effective. Not only are these boxes sturdy, the corrugated boxes are inexpensive as compared to corrugated plastic containers for a single use.
  • Lightweight. The materials are made from paper or resin, yet they are strong to hold goods for storing, shipping or for moving.
  • Reusable. Corrugated boxes that are used to ship materials can be reused multiple times. Corrugated plastic boxes can be reused more as they are more durable and waterproof.
  • Recyclable. The materials used in corrugated boxes are made from recyclable sources. The fiberboard used is often manufactured with a high percentage of recycled content including corrugated fiberboard, cardboard, newspaper and straw. Recycling cardboard reduces the demand for making new paper from virgin pulp, thus saving trees from being cut. Recycling corrugated boxes also saves a significant amount of space in landfills. Corrugated plastic boxes can also be recycled similar to plastic bottles.

In concluding, with all the advantages of corrugated boxes mentioned, they are most suitable for a wide range of applications.