What Are the Best Packaging Materials for Shipping?

This is how to ensure your products get from A to B without a hint of damage

Packaging can’t just look pretty. It must also protect your products, to ensure they get from one place to another without any damage. When this is overlooked, customers get frustrated, your reputation is damaged and you might not last long enough to learn from your mistakes.

So what are the best packaging materials for shipping? This depends on what you are shipping, how fragile your product is and what it is made out of. Below we will explore the best packaging materials for shipping and what you need to consider before shipping out your products.

Related: How Do I Package My Product for Shipping?

Foam Packaging

Custom foam inserts great for shipping fragile products, particularly if they are irregularly shaped. When foam inserts are specially designed to support and cradle your products, you can rest assured that your contents will be protected from damage, scratching and chipping, even if the package itself is shaken around in transit.

As well as the protective qualities foam packaging offers, it is also lightweight, which means lower shipping costs.

Packaging Paper

When it comes to protecting items during shipping, packaging paper has a lot of benefits. Packaging paper can effectively protect fragile items from scratches. It is also affordable and cheap. Furthermore, packaging paper — being sustainable and biodegradable — is one of the kindest packaging materials to the environment.

On the downside, packaging paper doesn’t provide a substantial amount of protection for fragile items. You will likely need to use packaging paper in conjunction with bubble wrap or foam.

Bubble Wrap

These bubbles of sealed air are great when it comes to protecting items during shipping. Bubble wrap provides a flexible, durable cushion that absorbs a surprising amount of impact, making it a popular choice for shipping items — and a popular, therapeutic aid for customers!

The problem is — as with packing paper — bubble wrap isn’t entirely effective on its own. We recommend you pair it with another packaging material to ensure fragile items are adequately protected. On top of this, bubble wrap can get expensive, and environmentally speaking, isn’t the best packaging choice your brand can make.

Packing Peanuts

Packaging peanuts are small polystyrene fragments that interlock under pressure while packed up properly, meaning they fill empty spaces and offer a great buffer during shipping. They prevent items from shifting and getting damaged. These days you can even get packing peanuts that are biodegradable (which is great news, as polystyrene takes a long time to biodegrade). There are also some fun ways consumers can reuse packing peanuts at home.

This packaging material is generally cost-efficient and effective in terms of protection. As with custom foam packaging, packing peanuts are incredibly light, meaning your organisation won’t be paying extortionate shipping costs. 

Korrvu Packaging

Korrvu® packaging is designed to safely hold items in the centre of your shipping container. While ensuring your product is kept securely in place with the use of a non-slip film, Korrvu packaging also protects shipped items from bumps and vibrations. Korrvu packaging is hugely versatile. It’s a great alternative to foam packaging, offering brands peace of mind that their packages will be delivered and received without damage to the item, or their reputation.

Packaging Supplies is the UK’s premier custom boxes and packaging supplies company. If you are looking for a packaging quote, get in touch today and our friendly team will be happy to help you out.