The best packaging materials to consider

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Written by Ecoparcel April 23, 2021

Unpacking a parcel always gives you a certain feeling about an item you've received. An expensive item will most likely be sturdily packed in a neat looking box, giving you a sense of quality.

Take the iPhone for example.

Apple purposely packs its phones to express significance and importance, thus contributing positively to how the brand is received.

This is just one example of course, but one could argue that the packaging materials used for your parcels plays a significant role in the way you put an impression on the receiver. This is important for any online business sending out products to their clients.

In this article, we will talk about the best packaging materials to consider for your shipments, to create a positive feeling for the buyers.


Paperboard is one of the most popular materials to use for packaging products and it's been so for quite a while. Not only is it strong, it's still very light and can be manipulated into any desired shape at will.

This means that it's very easy to create personalized packages for people and pack different types of products in a paperboard package. Moreover, they're quite an environmentally friendly option as well, since paperboard is produced from recycled bits of paper as well as wood.

There are typically two types of paperboard used in packing parcels - SBS and CUK. SBS is popular for cosmetics, medicines as well as various food items. Meanwhile CUK is more popular for sending electronics and similar products.

Regardless of what you choose to send, a paperboard can still look pretty classy and not cost a ton to produce a package with.


Plastic has been seen as an alternative to many materials like wood, leather and glass, both in terms of making a product as well as packaging it.

One advantage of using plastics for packing an item is the fact that later on in the process, the boxes can be easily recycled. The other positive is of course the fact that plastic is much sturdier than paperboard that we've already talked about.

Properly sealed plastic packaging is often used by those who are sending food products to travel long distances, allowing to preserve quality as well protect products from any form of contamination.


Chipboard is a common packaging material used in the medical, cosmetic, food as well electronic industries. From a compositional standpoint chipboard is pretty much the same as paperboard, just made out of recycled paper entirely.

Just like paperboard, it can be easily cut, formed and otherwise manipulated to create a unique shape for a parcel packaging.

While quite sturdy in itself, it has its drawbacks, especially when it comes to shipping heavier items. Also, it can be affected quite heavily by moisture and weakened by it, so it's best to use it for smaller products.

Poly bags

Poly bags, or simply, plastic bags are made to be a simple, yet flexible material to package various items. Quite often, these bags are used in conjunction with chipboard, paperboard or plastic boxes to provide better protection for the item, as well as make the packaging look a bit nice.

By structure, they're very simple to produce, which makes them easy to customize in order to design neat looking packages and after use, they can be recycled with relative ease.

All in all

Today, we've discussed a few materials you should consider for packaging your items. Remember, while style and significance may be very important for buyers, keeping the items safe on arrival is still the most crucial factor you should take into consideration.


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