Ten Benefits of a Cardboard Shredder

Ten Benefits of a Cardboard Shredder

, by Maeve Reidy, 8 min reading time

Do you really know how beneficial a Cardboard Shredder could be to your business?!

A Cardboard Shredder is a recycling machine that lets you transform your used cardboard into cushioning packaging material for void fill or product protection. The main advantage is that you can easily make your own packaging from old cardboard boxes, which is free and sustainable - meaning your business also saves on waste disposal and packaging costs!

Cardboard Shredders can be used by a wide variety of industries ... from online ecommerce stores to sales warehouses to companies that regularly ship parcels to customers or clients. But why do YOU need one for your business? Below are a few reasons that you may or may not have thought of ...


Cardboard Shredder

1: Reduce costs on Packaging and Waste Disposal

One of the biggest advantages of using a Cardboard Shredder is that the machine is profitable for your company. The investment literally pays for itself relatively quickly.

Depending on whether you require matting or strips, a Cardboard Shredder starts around €2,600 for an entry-level model. A larger free-standing model costs around €5,000. ShredPack also offers leasing options that could be as little as €22 per week.

The purchase of a Cardboard Shredder could be quite an investment for your company. But this investment pays for itself.

The time it takes to recover your investment depends on a number of factors:

  • The amount of packages sent out each week
  • The amount of cardboard waste that would normally be disposed of
  • The amount of packaging voidfill that would normally be purchased but can now be fully replaced by shredded cardboard

Invest in a Cardboard Shredder, a cost-effective machine that guarantees a fast return on investment. By reducing waste collection and the need to buy new packaging materials, this shredder will save you money. The more you use it, the quicker you'll see the benefits!


2: Free & Sustainable Packaging Material

Do you ship parcels? Do you regularly have old or used cardboard material? Then a cardboard shredder is indispensable for your company.

Transform your cardboard waste into eco-friendly packaging material with this machine. Plus, the cardboard is completely free - a cost-effective alternative to new packaging material!

Because you're using waste cardboard (that you'd normally have to pay for to be disposed of!) this packaging or void-fill material is completely free and therefore much cheaper than new packaging material. Also because cardboard is a natural product, it is also 100% environmentally friendly.


3: Reduce your Cardboard Waste

Cardboard waste takes up valuable floor space. Especially when you have a lot of old cardboard boxes lying around in your premises. By processing the cardboard directly with a Cardboard Shredder, it can be immediately reused as packaging material by your shipping department.

By reusing cardboard, you won't need a big waste container or bin for cardboard on your site. A customer who bought a Cardboard Shredder from us saw a 70% reduction in waste charges within weeks!


4: Reduce Your Damaged-Delivery Rate

One of the most frustrating and time-consuming parts of business is dealing with deliveries that you have sent out ... but are damaged in transit, which you have to replace. There are a number of studies into this irritating part of business, but on average, it takes somewhere between 5-8 additional sales to recoup the costs of just ONE damaged delivery that you have to replace. Dealing with these damages, irate customers and free replacements takes considerable time (not to mention affecting your profits!)

Cardboard cushioning significantly reduces damaged deliveries. For example, a customer who sells glass bottles tried out our Cardboard Shredder and came back to us just 3 days later to say their damaged-delivery rate had dropped by 90%!


5: Reduce C02 Emissions

It is a simple equation - Less cardboard waste that has to be disposed of means less CO2 emissions.

It is not necessary for a waste collection company to transport the cardboard waste from your premises. Which means less transportation by the recycling truck - which results in less CO2 emissions.

The percentage that you can reuse as packaging material depends on the quality of your cardboard waste. A Cardboard Shredder could theoretically eliminate your entire cardboard waste stream within your company.


6: Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Bubble Wrap & Plastic Voidfill

Packaging and void fill often use plastic materials, such as bubble wrap and packaging peanuts. While plastic has the advantage of being lightweight and durable, the downside is its difficulty in recycling. Many unsorted plastics end up in landfills or are incinerated to extract their energy value.

Choose cardboard as a sustainable alternative to plastic packaging. The shredded cardboard strips or perforated cardboard matting can effectively protect products during shipping. Cardboard offers protective, cushioning, and flexible features similar to plastic voidfill packaging material.


7: Single-Material Packaging

Using multiple types of packaging materials makes recycling more difficult. A cardboard box with plastic peanuts and bubble wrap doesn’t really increase the chance of optimal recycling rates. And your customer won't thank you for the added work of having to separate the cardboard and plastic before disposing of it! It is more efficient to choose one type of material to protect and ship your products in.

In many cases, products are shipped in corrugated cardboard boxes. It's logical, therefore, to use cardboard as a voidfill material. The most sustainable option is to use shredded cardboard from your waste flows as filling material.


8: Cheaper Alternative to a Cardboard Baler

Cardboard is a bulky and voluminous material, which can take up quite a lot of valuable warehouse space. Companies with a lot of cardboard waste often wonder what to do with it. The (old-fashioned!) traditional way to decrease the volume of cardboard was by compacting the cardboard with a cardboard baler.

The benefit of a baler is that the volume of the cardboard is reduced by compressing it into compact cardboard bales. And this, obviously, saves floor space in comparison to fully formed cardboard boxes. In addition, the material can easily be transported by a recycling/waste company.

The disadvantage of a baling machine is that the investment is relatively high. The initial average investment in a cardboard baler is anywhere between €5,000 – €20, 000. And don't forget that you still have to find space to store the baled cardboard!

A much better alternative is a Cardboard Shredder. The purchase cost of a cardboard shredder is many times lower than a baling press. And a Cardboard Shredder is an investment that almost always pays for itself in a matter of months. It is ultimately profitable because you reuse your cardboard waste as filling material, and you reduce waste transportation costs.


9: A Compact Packaging Solution

A Cardboard Shredder is a fairly compact machine. It measures approximately 700mm x 480mm x 970mm (l*w*h). This means that these machines are relatively compact and take up little space in your company. Especially compared to a much bulkier cardboard baling machine. And whether you choose to shred or mat your cardboard, the resulting packaging takes up a LOT less space than your stacked or baled cardboard and your bales of bubble wrap.


10: Demonstrate how Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Your Business Is

Three years ago the world landed on it's head ... and online shopping became not only 100% acceptable but the norm. Consumers began to notice (maybe because they were stuck in Covid Lockdown and had nothing else to do!) that businesses they ordered from were sending out their products in plastic non-recyclable packaging. Some businesses started engaging in the dubious practice of "Green-Washing" to try to win customers over. So there were (and to some extent, still is!) spurious claims of "We'll plant a tree to offset our Carbon Footprint" [but small print says 1 tree per year] or "We use xyz plastic packaging that has added xyz chemicals so that it is compostable" [HINT: Adding chemicals to something made of chemicals makes it more erm ... chemically; and definitely less compostable!]

Instead, why not visibly demonstrate, in a tangible hold-it-in-your-hand way, how committed your business is to being eco-friendly and sustainable?

You can easily do this by getting rid of your bubble wrap or packing peanuts, and packing your products instead with the cardboard voidfill from a Cardboard Shredder! One of our customers chose to trial a Cardboard Shredder for a week ... then contacted us 4 days later with feedback from their thrilled customers who loved the recyclable and eco-friendly packaging voidfill!

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ShredPack has a wide range of Cardboard Shredders available for any business. Contact us now for free advice and pricing on the best Shredders suitable for your business requirements.


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