The Surprising Facts About Cardboard Boxes

Did you know that cardboard boxes were invented by a man named Robert Gair in the 1890s? He wanted to make it easier for people to ship fragile items. It was so successful that he began selling them and the rest is history! In this blog post, we will be talking about few surprising facts about cardboard boxes.

  1. Cardboard has been around for a long time

Cardboard boxes have been used since the 11th century. The Chinese used them to hold tea and ship it, but they did not use corrugated cardboard until the mid-19th century. Around that same period in America, people shipped items with wooden crates instead of using cardboard boxes. Once Robert Gair invented his packaging material from paper and pulpboard, Americans began shipping fragile goods with this new invention. The USA became the world leader in manufacturing corrugated boxes.

  1. Cardboard is recyclable

Cardboard is made from trees, and once they are cut down, the tree goes back into nature to be reused as oxygen or other things. Cardboard can be recycled endlessly because it’s durable enough for future use!

  1. Cardboard boxes are incredibly strong

Cardboard is very durable. It can hold up to 100 lbs without breaking, and it’s fireproof. It  reduces  the amount of trees we need for making cardboard. Also, corrugated cardboard (the kind used in most shipping) cannot be recycled because too much glue is holding everything together.

  1. Cardboard is a good insulator

Cardboard is a great insulator. It can protect against temperature, noise and light! It makes cardboard boxes perfect for shipping goods that need to be protected from the elements.

  1. Cardboard is environmentally friendly

Unlike plastic, cardboard is biodegradable. It can be reused or recycled, and it’s not harmful to the environment! It makes cardboard a great alternative to other packaging materials, which are often non-biodegradable and dangerous.

However, corrugated boxes should only be used once since they cannot be recycled because of the glue that holds them together. Cardboard can also absorb odours, so if you want an item to remain odourless, put some extra cardboard in its box for protection against smelly substances such as onions!

  1. Cardboard is a useful tool for children’s play

Cardboard boxes are great fun! They can be used to make everything from dollhouses, forts and cars. There was even an entire wedding made out of cardboard in 2013!

  1. Cardboard boxes are a part of history

Including the Titanic, which carried over six million pieces of corrugated cardboard when it sunk in 1912. This makes it one of the most well-known examples!


There are many surprising facts about cardboard boxes that you probably did not know before reading this blog post. So, if you’re looking at getting some new packaging or if your business needs more storage space, consider using corrugated cardboard as an option

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