10 Different Types of Packaging Materials You Should Know

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April 1, 2024

Packaging is an integral part of any product, and it can make all the difference for your customers. You want to give them something that they are going to enjoy using and be excited about.

But how do you know what kind of packaging material to use? There are so many different types out there, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. We will discuss these below in more detail.

There are a lot of popular packaging materials that people like to use: paperboard boxes, plastic wrap, aluminum foils, but not all of them work well for every product. Your choice depends on what type of product you are selling as well as your personal preference.

What are the Different Types of Packaging Materials?

Material Types (Card-board,rigid,corrugated)

Paperboard Boxes

Paperboard boxes are great for carrying items such as books, CD’s, and DVD’s. They are usually made of thick cardboard with a folding lid on top or bottom that you can open to see what is inside. The main drawback to paperboard boxes is that they do not offer protection against moisture, so it may not be the best option if your item needs some kind of protection.

Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil comes in rolls containing large sheets of metal with an adhesive side that sticks onto things like cupcake tins when baking dessert.

It also works well for wrapping up leftovers because food does not stick to it easily (especially dishes). However, aluminum foil does not stand up well to moisture, so it is not the best option if you are shipping food.


Foam types come in many different shapes and sizes, but they are all made up of polystyrene beads that have been heated until they expand into a spongy material. The main benefit of foam packaging is its ability to be reused over and over again.

Dishes can be put back inside their original boxes for safekeeping or use as storage containers after being washed (if still intact). One drawback would be that you will need to mark them with masking tape because there’s no lid on them.

Kraft Paper

Kraft paper is a durable material that can be folded or flattened without losing its original shape. The main benefit of this type of packaging is the price, which will vary depending on how much you purchase at one time and what grade/quality level it has been prepped to.

You will want to make sure that your Kraft boxes have lids to stay dry and protect whatever’s inside from being exposed. One drawback would be there not being any form of cushioning for added protection against items breaking during shipping if they are fragile.

Corrugated Fiberboard

Corrugated fiberboard is a type of cardboard that is often used for shipping. It offers more protection than Kraft paper, which can be helpful if you are sending fragile items or those that need extra padding, like electronics and mirrors.

The downside to this material is the cost – it may have varying prices depending on how much you purchase at one time, but in general, it will end up being about twice as expensive per square foot compared with some other types of packaging materials.


These are plastic sheets typically found in foodservice establishments such as restaurants and fast-food joints. They offer great insulation against heat, so they make excellent choices for frozen foods and any other item where temperature control matters (e.g., nonperishable goods). As an added bonus, they are also a good choice for protecting your products from the rain.

The downside to polythene is that it is not waterproof, so any items such as clothing or electronics cannot be wrapped in it. It can also break down when exposed to UV light (e.g., sunlight) and over time will need replacement.

Rigid Boxes

Rigid boxes are one of the influential options for packaging. They are the most popular type of package in retail stores because they are so versatile and can be used to transport various items from clothes, books, or toys.

The main downside is that these packages take more time for production than other types, which increases their cost, but it’s worth bearing this in mind when considering them as an option.

Stretch Film

Stretch film is another packaging material that is popular for use on boxes. It is used to wrap around the box and seal it shut, so there are no nasty surprises when you open your package.

But this type of packaging has a down side as well because they have plastic in them that cannot be recycled, which increases their environmental impact over time.

Plastic Bags

If you need to send something in the post, then one option is to put it into a plastic bag rather than using an envelope or box – but do not forget that these bags are not recyclable either.

The main benefit with using plastic bags for sending items through the post is that they are lightweight and easy-to-handle; while at the same time being cheaper than other materials such as cardboard boxes.

The main downside with plastic bags is that they are flimsy and can easily tear or become ripped, which means you run the risk of having your item fall out and be lost on its way to its destination.

There is also a possibility that, if it gets wet because it was raining when delivering your letter, water could seep through into the bag itself; potentially getting onto whatever’s inside, which would ruin everything.

Shrink Film

Shrink film is also used by many companies that need to send out different types of items, such as jewelry and other small goods.

It is made from a thin plastic material which can be tightly wrapped around the item or products being shipped, so it is completely contained in one place, without any risk of coming undone.

It also has an adhesive backing on one side, meaning you do not have to worry about lids not closing properly because there will not be anything going inside; saving time when repackaging your shipment should this happen.

The main downside with shrink film is that it needs some air-drying time before sending off your goods, but if you are using a professional company, they will know how long this will take for them based on their location.

Why Packaging is Important?

Packaging is one of the most important aspects when it comes to shipping products and storing them. The right type of packaging can impact many different things, from ensuring your product arrives in great condition to preventing damage or theft at a warehouse.

Furthermore, packaging is also a crucial part of sustainability. This is because the right type can help reduce waste and use less materials in the process, which helps keep costs down as well as your carbon footprint.

This article will take a deep dive into some different types of packaging you could choose for your products to see how they compare to one another. I will also go over what makes them advantageous or disadvantageous so that you have an idea of things to consider before making your choice too.

In Conclusion

In the end, the type of packaging that you choose for your product depends on what’s important to you. Are you more concerned with cost? Sustainability? Or both? If the answer is both, then there are options out there like corrugated shipping boxes and pallet wraps which can help keep costs down while being sustainable at the same time.


Q. What is the most recommended sustainable packaging solution?

Kraft is the most eco-friendly packaging stock you can use for your products. You can also use corrugated fiberboard, which is both strong and sustainable.

Q. What are the top three characteristics of excellent packaging?

  • Protection
  • Durability
  • Customization

These three things can make or break your brand, so choose your packaging wisely.

Q. How can we increase the perceived value of our boxes?

You can use different types of finishing, add-ons, and inserts, etc., to enhance the appeal and perceived value of your packaging.

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