An integral part of packaging design, especially in this era of ecommerce and abundant international shipments of fragile products, packaging fillers need to chosen correctly if you want your packaging to serve its purpose.
Packaging fillers come in many shapes, sizes, textures and materials. Like any other component, each type has its own pros and cons and is well suited for specific applications.
In this blog, we will go over some
PACKAGING (KRAFT) PAPER
Packing paper can be easily folded, cut into different shapes and sizes and be used as a void filler.
- Easy to customize
- Can be used from branding and marketing purposes
- Can be recycled and even upcycled
- Easily available
- “Green Packaging”
- A lot of material is required to ensure proper protection
- Gets compressed easily which always leaves room for doubt regarding adequate filling
These fillers usually come in the form of plastic polyethylene bags that are filled with air using a machine and sealed by heat.
- Recycled options available
- Can be stored efficiently, without taking too much space (deflated)
- Easy to handle
- Needs expensive machinery to inflate
- Increases package size
- Not heat-friendly; can burst
Used to provide extra cushioning for the product rather than just filling up space, foam-based fillers can be in the form of inserts, sheets or even pouches.
- Best protection
- Highly customizable to fit the product
- Does not add much weight
- Hard to recycle and
- Take lots of storage space
- If designed as perfect-fit inserts, hard to reuse
PACKAGING PEANUTS and BUBBLE WRAP are two types of packaging fillers that have been traditionally used for decades now but are currently on the decline. This is because of styrofoam’s (packaging peanuts) carcinogenic properties. They are also both made of very unsustainable materials and are generally looked down upon in the market.
popular types of box cushioning, their pros and their cons.