Even in 2020, corrugated cardboard is still the material of choice for shipping many types of goods. Whilst it may not seem like the most high-tech material at first glance, this type of cardboard is perfectly engineered to be used for transporting items.

You might have always wondered why this was the case or perhaps you’re searching for reasons why you should be using this material to ship your items. Either way, this guide explains the properties that make corrugated cardboard the ideal medium for delivery packaging.


The Properties of Corrugated Cardboard

From its protective qualities to its cost-effectiveness and sustainability, there are plenty of reasons why corrugated cardboard is so widely used as a material for shipping goods.

Protection of Goods

The protection provided by corrugated cardboard is the main reason why so many companies use it for delivering products. Even single wall boxes can shield their contents to a greater extent than their thinner appearance might suggest.

Each wall consists of two out layers of linerboard, creating a sandwich around the inner layer of fluted, corrugated sheet. The outer layers offer some rigidity, whilst the central fluted section provides cushioning to protect items in the event that the box is bashed or crushed.

Single wall boxes give a reasonable level of protection from impact, preventing most non-delicate items from damage during transit. For more fragile goods, it’s worthwhile investing in the additional protection provided by double wall cardboard boxes, which have an additional corrugated sheet and linerboard layer

Corrugated Cardboard Is Cost-Effective

Another important benefit of corrugated cardboard for businesses is its cost-effectiveness. Corrugated cardboard is a very affordable material that is within the price range of most companies that need to ship items, particularly when purchased in bulk.

The cost savings provided by corrugated cardboard don’t end here, though. Its multi-layered design means that it can withstand the same amount of pressure as other materials without needing to be anywhere near as heavy. Strong, lightweight containers make for low shipping costs.

Sustainability Considerations

Corrugated cardboard is amongst the most environmentally friendly packaging materials available. Boxes made from cardboard can easily be folded away, making them easy for the recipients of deliveries to reuse. If you have cardboard boxes that you no longer use, we encourage you to recycle them.

Ideal for Customisation

Cardboard is also an ideal material for customisation. It’s a suitable base for various different kinds of printing, including lithographic, screen, and digital printing.  Boxtopia makes boxes in four different board colours and provides a box printing service to make it easy for our customers to customise their boxes.

Corrugated Cardboard Boxes Are Easy to Handle and Store

The lightweight design of corrugated cardboard boxes means that they’re easy to handle during the loading and unloading stages of transport. They can also be folded up to take up a much smaller space when they’re not being used, making them convenient for storage purposes.


We hope that this guide has answered the question as to why corrugated cardboard is used for packaging. If you need to buy cardboard packaging, Boxtopia offers a wide range of single and double wall boxes, as well as die cut boxes that are perfect for postal use. Use our box calculator to order boxes in whatever size you need.

Author: Rowena Perrott

Rowena Perrott is the General Manager at Boxtopia and has over 30 years’ experience in sales. She works with businesses of all sizes across any industry to find the best packaging supplies for their needs.

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