Your product’s carton has a lot of work to do! As well as visually presenting your product in the best possible light, it must also protect the product all through its journey from when it is first packed in your factory to right through to the end of its “life”, when the product is consumed and the carton or sleeve is placed in the recycling bin.
In this Guide, we will take you through what you information you need to give us for us to choose the correct cartonboard for your product.
Why is it important to know which cardboard (known as cartonboard or board) to use?
Not all boards are the same – different types of board have different properties that make some suitable for certain uses but unsuitable for other uses. For example, if your product is ice-cream, we will choose a board that has an inner wax coating to prevent moisture and cold from damaging the board. (A standard carton board would not work in this situation).
Therefore, the following are 4 very important reasons to get the choice of board right:
Help! I don’t know what type of board to use!
The good news is that as a carton buyer, you don’t need an in-depth knowledge of cartonboard – all you need to do is to complete the following questionnaire about your planned carton or sleeve.
When we have this information, we will advise you of the board or range of boards that we think will suit your carton or sleeve best. If necessary, we can provide you with samples of the board so you can see how it looks. We will also explain to you why we have chosen this type of board.
Customer Name and Contact Info
Product Name please fill in your full product name or reference codes
Type of Product what type of item is your product – food, drink, toy, breakable item etc? We use a range of boards (i.e. cardboards) to suit several types of item, – e.g. for wet, cold foods we will use a board with a waxed coating on the inside to prevent leakage.
Direct Contact Packaging will your product make direct contact with the inside of the carton or is the product wrapped in a protective layer before being packed into the carton? If your product is a food type that contains oil or grease and is in direct contact with the inside of the carton, we may need to use a grease kit board.
Weight of Product what weight is each unit of your product? (This will affect the weight and type of board that’s best for your product) For example, if your product is a bottle of wine or jar of relish, it may need a carrier board or laminated E Flute board.
Product Packing how will your product be packed, by machine or by hand? (If it is by machine, then you will need samples to test that your packaging runs through your packing machinery smoothly If it’s by hand, then you’ll need to test that your staff can easily open, insert the product and close the packaging.
Product Storage where will your product be stored at each stage of its lifecycle? (For example, if it’s stored in the freezer, then we’ll use a freezer-grade board. If it’s going to be stored or transported on ice, we’ll use a board that is waterproof and won’t disintegrate when in contact with ice.)
Product Stacking will your products be stacked on top of each other? This will affect what board we use.
Product Postage is your product going to be put in the post at any point in its expected life cycle?
Luxury Product If your product is a luxury product, you may want to use your carton or sleeve board to help convey this. Heavier boards or boards with a glossy finish may help convey a luxury feel.
Sustainability you may want to consider using some of our recycled or eco-friendly boards and film. If your carton contains a window patch, your carton can still be fully sustainable because at Dollard Packaging, we use an eco-film that is made from plant materials (unlike traditional film that are made from fossil-fuels) You can read more about this innovative eco-film here.
You can read another of our blogs about choosing the best board here.
Talk to us at Dollard Packaging if you need any help with any aspect of packaging Tel 01 847 0044