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Cardboard packaging is one of the most desirable choices for packaging because of its lightness and durability. And as most of us now turn to online retailers, we see more options for cardboard packaging than ever before.
According to the National Geographic website, the development path of cardboard products was created by other discoveries. It all started with a cardboard box. Since then, they have been a common occurrence in many homes. They are also used for recycling, relocations are unthinkable without them, and our pets simply adore them. Because of the practicality they have shown very quickly, we rarely wonder what their use value is.
In the 1st and 2nd centuries BC, the Chinese Han dynasty was focused on taking the lead in the use of paper. During this period, mulberry bark leaves were used for wrapping and protecting food, which is an example of the earliest solid food packaging, made of wood.
During the 19th century, companies began to use boxes for the purpose of storing and transporting grains and even silicone eggs against moths whose consumers were silk producers.
Eventually, the cardboard box was created when, in 1879, paper mill owner Robert Gair Gair invented the paperboard folding carton by accident when a metal ruler used to crease bags shifted position and cut the bag. Gair found that by cutting and creasing paperboard in one operation, he could make prefabricated cartons. Gair sold the finished product to companies engaged in the production of various consumer goods, as a new, easily portable form of material storage. The first order of 2 million cardboard boxes soon followed, for the cracker empire – Nabisko. Snacks could now be carried without the risk of breaking, away from kitchen cabinets. Cheap and practical, efficient form of packaging has become necessary.
In 1930, the Finnish government even adopted boxes as an integral part of the package they gave to mothers after the birth of a child, which they could not afford cradles. Many babies had their first dreams in life in mattress-lined boxes.
To express our love for cardboard packaging, we’ve got 8 interesting facts that we’d love to share with you.
1: In 1840, cardboard boxes became very popular in France. They used boxes to transport moth eggs all the way from Japan.
2: Cereal giant Kellogg’s, has been using cardboard packing for their produce since 1900.
3: Cardboard boxes are no longer just a packaging material. 30% of businesses use printed packaging to increase consumer interest.
4: Virtually any design can be printed on cardboard boxes and it’s the only packaging material that can be cut and folded into any shape or size.
5: Corrugated cardboard packagings are the most environmentally friendly solutions on the market, due to their biodegradable and non-toxic properties.
6: In the UK, approximately 5 billion corrugated boxes are manufactured, and it’s a figure that is estimated to increase over the years to come.
7: Next time you are visiting France, be sure to check out ‘Musee Du Cartonnage et de Imprimerie’. It is a museum entirely dedicated to cardboard packaging.
8: Cardboard boxes are generally made out from re-used materials, as 70-80% of boxes are recycled.