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What are the possibilities of using cardboard as packing material?


Written by Joyce van den Burg | Last update: 28-11-2020

A current trend in packing material is cardboard. This packing cardboard has many advantages: it is durable and offers good protection during transport. In addition to this it is also a versatile packing material and can be used in multiple forms, such as flower and plant boxes, protective covers for flowers and vegetable and fruit crates.Our specialist tells us more about the use of cardboard as packing material in this article.

Types of cardboard as packing material

There are two types of cardboard, each with different characteristics, that enables them to be used for various purposes
  • Corrugated cardboard: this is sturdy cardboard consisting of multiple layers.  The packing industry mainly uses 3-layer corrugated cardboard, but also 5-layer cardboard (with 2 fluted layers) and 7-layer cardboard (with 3 fluted layers).  The fluted layers are standardized following 8 different combinations of flute height and amount of flutes per meter.
  • Kartonnage: this cardboard also consists of multiple layers, but is more compressed.  This makes Kartonnage smoother,  better resistant to moisture and easier to work with than corrugated cardboard. Kartonnage is often used for custom packing material for marketing purposes, because photos and text can be printed on it more clearly.

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Coating of packing material

To prevent migration of ink into food stuffs and therefore guarantee food safety, packing cardboard can be treated with a coating and/or laminate. This also gives the cardboard extra strength.  Always inquire regarding the possibilities before you print on your cardboard, so you do not receive an undesirable surprise afterwards on your packing material.

Tip: We definitely advise that you let a professional design firm, specializing in horticulture, design and print all your packing materials There are strict rules and regulations especially for food packing materials. These firms are well aware of those rules.

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Graphic designers Joyce van den Berg and Marja Scheffers together form the Royal Brinkman Studio. They passionately design new concepts for, for instance, sleeves, labels, pots, logos and house-styles. Their joint experience is significant; Marja has been working with Royal Brinkman since 1984, whereas Joyce joined in 2002. Together they are a strong and creative team whom you can easily leave your ideas for a design with. "Since we have different ideas and insights, we complement each other perfectly. As such, we are able to come up with innovative packaging concepts time after time."

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