The cardboard is more amazing than you imagined. It comes in different forms and plays a crucial role in keeping our lives clean and tidy, helps keep food fresh and our products safe, can be reused and remixed in exciting ways, and has also made life so much easier. Here’s how.
1. It Protects Your Products for Centuries.
First some background information: The first documented use of a cardboard box was in 1817, and interestingly it was used for a German board game. The material was further refined in the 1870s into corrugated cardboard – a “sandwich” of paper consisting of two sturdy flat sheets with a corrugated sheet in the middle – to safely ship glassware and other fragile items – and the rest, as they say, is history. The stiffness of the material keeps items in place while also acting as a cushion. For this reason, manufacturers of high-tech and quality products often use them to protect their products from damage.
2. It Keeps Your Food Safe and Fresh.
Of the paperboard materials produced each year, most are destined for food packaging, where they are commonly used to store juices, other beverages, confectionery, and dry and frozen foods. Cereals, for example, were among the first products to be stored in paper packaging. Sealing dry cereal in a box helps extend shelf life, makes it more appealing and appealing to consumers, and makes storage and shipping easier. Corrugated packaging also ensures the safety of fresh food.
3. It has Revolutionized the Way Goods are Shipped.
Because paperboard is light, strong, and economical to manufacture, it significantly reduces shipping costs and allows consumers greater access to goods without having to leave their homes or pay expensive shipping costs. In addition, boxes are easy to assemble, disassemble and seal. Before 1900, heavy wooden crates were used to ship goods, reducing the number of goods that could be transported at one time. Because of this, cardboard packaging has also been a boon to the industry.
4. It Reduce Waste.
In many cases, cardboard can be reused to create everything from cat houses and magazine racks to fun forts and bird feeders, which is why it’s so popular with companies that ship their goods. When you are done with cardboard product boxes, they can be easily recycled.
5. Cardboard can Convert into Shelters.
At least one non-profit organization has built makeshift shelters out of cardboard. The structures are meant to be a short-term solution until beneficiaries can move to a more permanent place to live, but they make all the difference in inclement weather. These shelters can also be used in emergency situations where disaster relief is needed.
6. Cardboard Packaging Builds Anticipation and Excitement.
Almost everyone agrees that unwrapping and tearing up a box is an exhilarating experience. Why? Because they take longer to open, gift boxes evoke a sense of intrigue and anticipation. This basic concept has also revolutionized the marketing and advertising industry. With the advent of cardboard, it was relatively easy to print company logos, attractive graphics, and product information on cardboard product packaging. For many consumers, well-designed packaging not only protects products but also differentiates well-designed brands from their competitors.
7. It can Stimulate Imagination.
To a child, a box is a spaceship, submarine, or race car racing toward the finish line. Studies have shown that when children play and interact with objects such as boxes, they stimulate their physical senses, prompting them to ask questions and think more creatively. Exploring the inside of a box can help children increase their spatial awareness — their awareness of themselves and objects in a room — while also teaching them about the physical world around them.