Molded pulp is a packaging material typically made from recycled paperboard and/or newsprint that has been in use for many decades. It is commonly used for protective packaging or for food service trays and beverage carriers. Other typical uses include end caps, trays, plates, bowls, and clamshell containers. Most common application seen daily by consumers is in the grocery store for eggs/produce and as carriers for your favorite morning coffee.
In recent years, molded pulp has been commonly used for higher end part protection of consumer electronics products such as phones, laptops, and flat panel TV’s. Molded pulp is considered as a sustainable packaging solution as it is made from recycled paper fiber, is easily recycled, and is compostable. It is a cost effective solution that can be less expensive than expanded polystyrene (PES), vacuum formed PET, and other common plastic materials.
One downside for a custom molded pulp solution is the cost of tooling. At higher production volumes the return on investment (ROI) can be favorable with an engineered, tooled solution. However, for smaller firms with lower production volumes and order quantities, a standard stock item is typically the most feasible solution.
Cascadia Packaging Group recently worked with our client, Orbital Holding Systems to identify a cost effective, sustainable packaging solution for shipment of their easel gripping systems that is designed to hold artwork.
The existing packaging method utilized foam hand-cut edge protectors which was time consuming. Additionally it did not offer adequate part protection to corners as some shipping damage was occurring.
We were challenged by our client to develop a solution that protected their products during shipment, allow for ease of recycling at end of life, and was cost competitive with the current packaging method. Orbital Holding Systems preference was a packaging solution manufactured in the Pacific Northwest as their products are proudly made in the USA. Cascadia Packaging Group worked with our client to identify a stock molded pulp protective corners and a standard carton to minimize voids and opportunity for the parts to shift during shipment.
“Working with Cascadia Packaging Group, we were able to come up with a solution that is entirely compostable and recyclable. That environmentally conscious feature is important to our customers.” – Alan Richrod, Orbital Holding Systems
Based on results of the initial shipments, our client advises that increased part protection and customer satisfaction with the improved, sustainable packaging solution. This revised packaging method provides a rigid, lighter, and recyclable/compostable solution at a lower cost. How can we support your packaging needs?