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Everything You Need To Know About Box Fillers

If there is something a customer doesn't really like, it must be a poorly packaged broken item. Although it might genuinely not be your mistake, the disappointment leads you to lose the customer. If you are into a business of fragile products specially made of ceramics, glass, etc. you might have to rethink your packing solutions. One of the easiest ways to pack fragile objects is by using custom packaging boxes. They can be tailor-made according to your product and cuts down on shipping costs too. If your product is not of the same size, then box fillers are excellent. 

Box fillers secure your product from moving and reduces the risk of damage. It also provides extra cushioning while shipping and can be aesthetically appealing when done right. Box fillers a few years ago would have been old newspapers bunched up. But times are changing, and there are many options for you to choose from. Here are some examples: 


Types of Box Fillers


Packing Peanuts

Otherwise knowns as foam peanuts, they stay true to their name and look like one. They are inexpensive compared to other options and the most preferred one. If you are eco-conscious, there are packing peanuts that are made of corn-starch. These peanuts occupy every empty space and have a great cushioning effect. On the downside, you might have to buy them in large quantities, and the Styrofoam ones are not recyclable.

Packaging Paper

This is just like a newspaper but adds a crinkly rustic effect. It fills the space, offers complete protection, especially among the edges. One of the advantages of using packaging papers is that they are entirely recyclable and sometimes even compostable. They are available in multiple thicknesses to choose from. 

Crinkly Shredded Paper

A lot of companies/small businesses use paper shredders. They are a great way to destroy sensitive documents. So, these papers often go to recycling or composting. But before that, you can buy them in bulk and use them for packaging. They tend to add more cushioning in the corners of the boxes. The representation also looks beautiful, and it keeps the product from moving too much. The only disadvantage is that they can be a little messy.

Air Pillows

Air pillows are just like bags filled with air and sealed. They take up little space than the other options like peanuts. Although they look like usual plastic, they come with biodegradable possibilities as well. It comes in many sizes and shapes and easy to store in inventory as well. But if you are shipping a heavier item, then this might not be the right choice. Shipping them in a hot condition is not recommended, as well.

Bubble Wrap

One of the age-old yet popular packaging fillers, which is also easier on the pocket. It is lightweight, comes in many sizes, anti-static for electronic products, and self-adhesive. If you are feeling bad about all the plastic waste, some biodegradable ones can be completely absorbed by the soil. Another reason it is popular is that people use them as a stress buster. 

Wood excelsior

This is similar to the recycled paper shreds and perfect for heavier items. You can use them with boxes, wooden boxes, etc. It is pretty clean, does not collect dust, and 100% biodegradable.

Corrugated Cardboard Boxes

This material is becoming widely popular because of the protection it offers against moisture and the option to customize it. It is incredibly safe for long-distance shipping and handling and comes in various thicknesses and sizes. It is also cost-effective and does not require any additional fillers. It can be folded up quickly and recycle them with storing other things. 

Customized Boxes with Partition

If you are shipping multiple items such as homemade jam jars, then you can go for customized boxes that have partitions to safeguard your packaging. You can check our custom shipper boxes. It also looks beautiful and gets a brownie point with your customers for putting thoughts into the packaging.

Tissue Paper

This is a less considered option in packaging, but an excellent choice for gifting. It is also ideal for the holiday season and other special occasions. It adds a personalized touch. But it can get crumpled easily and needs extra care. 


Final Thoughts 

Choosing the right filler for your product depends on the type of product and how fragile it is. Do your research, and once you finalized the one, do not skimp on it. You can also procure shipping insurance to minimize the risk of it. 

So, how can Arka help? We provide durable corrugated cardboard boxes, customized tissue papers, and customized boxes with partitions. You can either get them blank or have them customized with designs. We source eco-friendly materials and manufacture them in the country.

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