Paper Vs. Inflatables in inner packaging.

While we’re accustomed to being asked paper or plastic, one type of inner packaging that we need to figure out is, of course, the void fill. There are so many different kinds, and we’ll go over whether paper versions of our inflatables are the better option for that.

Paper has advantages such as adding a block and brace effect depending on the paper substrate used. The most basic one comes in roll and sheet forms and is available running through equipment which is automated, and of course, will transform the single or the multi-ply roll stock into a crimped log with bulk to help improve the shape within a carton, and it does  much better job with cushioning.

There are many retailers that will run specific kinds of paper since it’s used in that specific system due to the proprietary features such as roll width. There is also a paper that’s used in central shipping that’s set up so that the void can be detected, and of course, automatically dispense the amount of paper that’s needed. There is no specific method on how to put in the box, but it does secure the contents paper also offers more green benefits, since it’s fully recyclable, and it can be made with recycled content, so you should definitely tell customers about this since it does provide sustainability and other options.

Paper, however, does have some disadvantages. It does compress and it can be left to the subjectivity of the packing box, and if you use too little, it might not actually do well with protection against damage. There is also the fact that the weight that’s added to this could cause it to move up to another weight limit, thereby increasing the shipping charges.

Next, there are inflatable’s, since these are bags and air pillows, and you can get these in a variety of thicknesses.  This is a great thing since they can be reduced to a smaller value when they’re deflated. They also can be dropped off at a recycling center to be disposed of.  They are easy for use, and they won’t cause dryness to the hands, or even paper cuts either.  It doesn’t require a lot of learning either and is light, or custom printed for more company branding, which is very common in your eCommerce space.

There are advantages here too since you can offer more flexibility for the cushioning. The air pillows are also made with material that’s recycled, but not nearly as much as paper, and there have been advancements in this to help with the degradation of the plastics in the traditional landfills.

But the thing is this usually oftentimes requires a bit of learning to figure out what will fit best. If you have sharper items inside too, it can also cause this to pop.  a combination of the opposing materials also plays a part of this.

So what should you use? Well, you should figure out which will work for you, if you need a lot of packing, or if you just need something small and simple.  The air version is a little more cost-effective and easier to dispose of.  But, if you need minimal void, the little bit of paper might be the better option. The thing to consider here is to look at what will work best for you and your business, and then going from there, and determining from that the ideal packaging material.