What is Air Cushioning Packaging ... and Why Use It?
, by Maeve Reidy, 5 min reading time
, by Maeve Reidy, 5 min reading time
With further EU Plastic Packaging Regulations due to come into force soon, it is now more important than ever for businesses to look beyond traditional plastic packaging for more eco-friendly packaging solutions.
When it comes to protecting items and filling voids in packages, there are several types of packaging materials to choose from. While the likes of packing peanuts were once the “go-to” item of choice, more businesses are turning towards eco-friendly alternatives.
This lightweight, cost-effective and protective packaging material is perfect for cushioning fragile goods during transit. However, many businesses are failing to take advantage of this multi-purpose product!
Could your business benefit from Air Cushioning Packaging?
Essentially, Air Cushioning Packaging is a pillow of recycled and recyclable plastic film, filled with air that is inflated to various sizes. Even though they sound simple, they are highly effective. This packaging material offers an innovative protective solution that takes up less storage space and saves money.
They are extremely easy to use, and are very cost-effective.
Added to that, consumers no longer get frustrated with over-complex, bulky and difficult-to-open packaging. Instead, customers discover products that haven’t shifted, remain in the middle of the package and in perfect condition! Not only that, it is not messy and very easy to dispose of.
As a business, it is only natural to seek continuous improvement. Consequently, factors such as damages during transit are one of the first to be reviewed. Air Cushioning Packaging offers the perfect solution, providing the ultimate protection.
Unlike using bubble wrap, packaging peanuts and paper fill, the product is unable to move within its box. Even with less material involved! Goods are braced away from the edges of the rigid outer packaging and surrounded by a comfy “cushion”.
Impacts during transit and rough handling are one of the biggest causes of customer complaints. This, of course, takes money out of your pockets, while adding costs and stress to the entire distribution process. So doesn’t it make sense to have a product that will eliminate all that? Air Cushioning Packaging can do just that!
Another important consideration that every business owner will ask is “will Air Cushioning Packaging save on overall costs?”
Well, the inflatable packaging is made up of 99% air! Therefore, they weigh virtually nothing!
Air pillows are lightweight and add practically zero additional weight to your shipment. Ideal right?
More often than not, Air Cushioning Packaging is filled (inflated) on demand. Therefore, they require less floor space in your warehouse.
Furthermore, as a result of air pillows being available in different sizes and not necessarily needing to be filled to full inflation. You can customise each product’s protection easily. This reduces the need for multiple layers of traditional packaging protection.
We understand that these days reducing waste is an essential factor in every business, and Air Cushioning Packaging can unquestionably help with this.
But, Air Cushioning Packaging isn’t just easy for the sender. Customers will appreciate a smooth opening experience, along with less mess and easy disposable ... packaging peanuts are messy and thanks to static electricity stick to EVERYTHING; while bubble wrap can be ridiculously bulky and difficult to dispose of responsibly. But, we can assure you that air pillows are extremely easy to dispose of, and recycle.
Packing peanuts and Styrofoam materials that are made of various dyes are, in most cases, not recyclable. In fact, many waste disposal companies won’t even accept packing peanuts! This is a result of the complexity of disposal and their harmful effects on the environment. Bubble wrap is equally complex to dispose of responsibly.
However, Air Cushioning Packaging is very efficient for disposal. Made of HDPE film, a recyclable material, it causes minimal impact on the environment compared to other packaging alternatives.
Overall, when it comes to packaging needs, the air kind is an ideal choice for void fill. They are cost-effective, easy to implement and excellent for product protection.
But, most importantly, for a business, Air Cushioning Packaging means you can save on many costs. From logistic and transport to handling and storage costs – this material can help you save money.
So, if you’re a business wanting to improve the unboxing experience, or find an alternative to your current packaging protection contact ShredPack about our range of Air Cushioning Packaging, available as pods, bags and voidfill.
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