Different types of packaging
As you can imagine, there are lots of different types of packaging. Here are some of the most common packaging options.
Corrugated cardboard boxes
It’s essential to get your outer packaging right. Depending on the size and weight of your product, select a single, double or triple wall cardboard box.
Made of thick paper, printed with brand-enhancing graphics, and cut/folded into unique structures, paperboard packaging is an effective way to engage consumers. Lightweight and strong, these are often used in cosmetics and food packaging e.g. cereal boxes.
The price you pay to send letters and parcels within the UK depends on the size and weight of your item. Be as cost effective as possible by selecting the right sized postal box that meets Royal Mail’s postal pricing guidelines. You can find Royal Mail’s size and weight guide here (also listed below). Postal boxes adhere to the dimensions listed in this table﹣you just need to ensure the weight of your product (including anything else going into the box e.g. wrapping, flyers, etc) is correctly listed as it will decide on which category your packaging falls into e.g. large letter, small parcel, medium parcel, etc.
Ideal for softer materials such as clothes, they offer a peel and seal strip for secure closure. Clear mailing bags are also available so you can add an insert should you wish to include your own branding.
Lightweight padded envelopes will protect your items during shipping.
Could your products damage easily? Bubble wrap is flexible yet protective ﹣although not particularly great for your eco-credentials (which we’ll explore later).
A popular and economical form of retail and industrial packaging, transparent bags not only allow contents to be visible, but they also provide hygienic protection against dirt, dust and moisture. Available in a wide range of duties from light to extra heavy duty, making them suitable for a host of applications. (Again, not great from an eco-perspective.)
A more eco-friendly option compared to other plastic packaging types.
Reusable for the eco-conscious, while also giving off a luxurious feel.
Ideal for keeping food fresh. Commonly used for items such as tea and coffee.
Another great option for fragile items. Did you know you can now get compostable ones?
Lots of different types out there have different applications﹣from heat activated to vinyl, self adhesive to water-activated! You can even use pre-printed tape, whether you use it for branding, identifying (e.g. shipment caution messages) and prevention (e.g. drawing attention to security and shipping instructions).
Documents enclosed wallets
Ensure your shipping documents arrive clearly visible with your parcel.
Polypropylene strapping and tools will secure bundles, pallets and parcels.
Polythene stretch film will improve the stability of your loaded pallets while also protecting your goods. Available in a variety of thicknesses to suit your application.
Often used for items such as cosmetics and candles.