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Date added: 2017-04-21 Fun Facts About Protective Packaging

It’s fairly common to find packaging within packaging. Protective packaging is designed for use during shipping and transit and ensures your products arrive in perfect condition, free from damage. Here are some of the most common protective packaging methods.


Flat Pack Furniture

The clever flat pack furniture phenomenon was an invention from the company IKEA in 1956. Flat pack furniture is designed to be assembled at home. Furniture is delivered inside a box as lots of separate pieces that you have to put together yourself. Flat pack furniture minimises transportation costs as packages are smaller and thinner, and as more packages can fit in one transport vehicle, flat pack furniture is also better for the environment!


Bubble Wrap

Oddly enough, this popular packaging protector was first marketed as textured wallpaper, and not as the wrapping for fragile products that we know it as today! Bubble wrap has today found its fame as something to protect products during transit - after another failed attempt at being marketed as greenhouse insulation. With regularly spaced, air-filled bubbles, bubble wrap is wrapped around a delicate product and acts as cushioning. It’s now a firm favourite among consumers for its protective abilities, but also for the satisfying popping it provides when the bubbles are compressed.


Styrofoam Structures

Styrofoam structures can usually be found wrapped around your new TV, laptop or something equally as delicate. This protective packaging is formed from moulded engineered shapes which are cut and glued into cushioning structures that fit carefully around a product being shipped. Styrofoam structures often fill the box entirely, so that the TV, for example, can’t move or touch the box. The styrofoam structure stops the product from sliding around in the box and getting damaged during transit.


Packing Peanuts

As the name suggests, this form of packaging is actually edible! Packing peanuts are small cushions that are environmentally friendly when made of a mix of starchy, biodegradable products. They’re used to cushion and protect fragile products from damage during shipping by filling any empty spaces in the packaging box.  As a starch based packaging product, they dissolve when they come into contact with water, so they won’t cause harm to marine life and are non-toxic. Packing peanuts are used to protect a variety of products from damage.


Protective packaging gives consumers and manufacturers peace of mind when products need to be shipped, increasing trust and reliability, as well as customer satisfaction.