Not all new cardboard boxes are created equal!

It might come as a surprise to some, but there’s more to cardboard boxes than first meets the eye. From new stock cartons to custom boxes that cater to specific needs, a variety of factors come into play that are worth considering.

The Underrated Value of Cardboard Boxes

Most people don’t give it much thought, as cardboard boxes are so common among packaging types that they’re sometimes seen to be of little value.

However, boxes serve a crucial role in the realm of packaging supplies because they contain, carry, store, transport and protect goods of various shapes and sizes. This includes everything from fresh fruit to fragile items and dangerous goods, all of which require various types of boxes and packaging to ensure their safety and integrity.

If that’s the case then isn’t it logical to give some thought to which cardboard boxes might be most suitable for your product or service?

Whether you need a customised cardboard box for a specific product or are happy to choose a box from stock, or whether you’re after the strength of kraft board or are looking for recycled options to support sustainability, there’s a range of choices available to suit your packing needs.

The Basics of Cardboard Packaging

Knowing some of the basics can help you buy new cardboard boxes wisely and potentially save your business or company some money at the same time. Wouldn’t that be great?

What Makes Cardboard Different?

Corrugated cardboard comes in various types, which typically include at least three layers – an inner and an outer liner, with a wavy corrugated section in between. This corrugated section, often made from recycled material, helps give the cardboard its strength and provides impact protection, particularly important when you need to deliver goods safely around Australia. The corrugation is commonly known as the flute, and comes in a variety of different thicknesses to suit different packing requirements.

Some common types of box flute and their rough thicknesses are

  • R Flute                  2mm thick
  • B Flute                  3mm thick
  • C Flute                  4mm thick
  • A Flute                  5mm thick
  • BC Flute               6mm thick
  • AC Flute               8mm thick
  • AAC Flute 13mm thick

There’s also other flute types that we haven’t mentioned here, for sake of time.

Thicker heavy duty corrugated cardboard usually provides more impact protection, making it ideal for fragile items. However, it’s often more expensive and takes up more storage space, so it’s good to decide on the highest priority for your business.

For many, the extra cost of a thicker corrugated cardboard is well worth it when they consider the money it saves in reducing damages to their products.

For others, a thicker cardboard might be overkill. Being aware that there’s a difference means you’re more likely to choose the right cardboard boxes, especially when you buy new boxes online.

Beyond the Flute: Other Factors to Consider

The thickness of the flute is not the only thing to consider when choosing cardboard boxes and packing cartons. The weight and hence strength of the cardboard used in the boxes also plays a part, and this is often referred to with numbers.

Different packaging companies often use different codes and have variations between the corrugated cardboard in their boxes, but historically, some generic terms have existed across the box and packaging industry.

For example, the numbers 1,3 and 4 are fairly standard and usually appear before the flute letter to further indicate strength. When it comes to corrugated cardboard production in Australia there’s 1C, 3C and 4C as well as a 1B, 3B and 4B just to name a few. With these generic codes, typically the lower the number the stronger the corrugated cardboard. For instance, 1C is normally stronger than 3C and so on, but the cardboard packaging industry is ever evolving so it’s always wise to check.

Most reputable cardboard box companies in the market understand these terms, even if their own codes are quite different.

To make the process easier for you, at Boxes For Business we’ve used user friendly terms on our website when describing our range of cardboard boxes. We’ve indicated whether the corrugated board consists of a single or double layer and we’ve referred to rough strength of our boxes with terms like Light, Medium and Strong. This approach simplifies the selection process and promotes efficient packing.

See for yourself at our new cardboard boxes shop.

Exploring the World of Cardboard Packaging

By now, some distinction between various corrugated cardboard boxes should be clearer, but we’ve really only scratched the surface. The world of cardboard packaging is vast and varied, ready to meet the demands of businesses and consumers alike.

If you’re interested in finding out more then a good starting point could be

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