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4 Tips for Eco-Conscious Packaging Solutions for Ceramics | Carve Guide

When it comes to shipping pottery, ensuring it arrives safely is a top priority. While pottery is sturdy, it is also fragile, requiring excellent protection during shipping. Most postal services exclude ceramics from their damage policies, making sustainable packaging essential.

After careful research, it became clear that paper packaging was the ideal choice. Not only is paper lightweight, reducing postage costs, but it is also renewable, relatively inexpensive, and looks fantastic, adding rustic and artisanal vibes to the packaging. Furthermore, paper packaging is accepted in household recycling collections, making disposal easy.

Here are 5 key eco-conscious packaging solutions for ceramics: 


1. Double-Wall Cardboard Boxes




Double wall Boxes are a game-changer for shipping fragile items! These boxes have not one but two layers of corrugated cardboard, making them a fortress of protection. 

First off, they’re super sturdy. No more worrying about your fragile treasures getting crushed during transit. Plus, they offer insulation, helping maintain the right temperature and humidity for sensitive items like electronics or artwork. They also resist compression, reducing the risk of damage when stacked with other packages. And can be customized to fit your items perfectly, minimizing movement and breakage.


2. Paper Bubble Wrap


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Paper bubble wrap is made from 100% recycled paper and features a bubble, or honeycomb style pattern over the surface. It can be used in a similar way to traditional bubble wrap, protecting and cushioning fragile goods during transit.  Being lightweight, highly protective, and cost-effective, paper wrap shares many qualities with traditional bubble wrap.

But how does paper wrap differ? Paper wrap can be easily recycled and biodegrades quickly too. It also requires very little energy to produce, and being lightweight, can be transported at very little CO2 usage. Due to both its flex and stretchability, paper wrap is super easy to store and takes a lot less storage space than bubble wrap. It’s typically seen at 250 meters per role, and can be used with a dispenser from the nearest convenient space. This means your paper wrap can be set up at the packing stations, without getting in the way. Plus, through its honeycomb like structure the cells interlock for a cling that requires no additional substances.


3. Paper Shreds


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Paper shred packaging provides a layer of cushioning around items, helping to absorb shocks and impacts during transportation. It helps protect fragile or delicate items from damage by reducing movement and providing a buffer against external forces. They are often used to fill empty spaces within packages or gift boxes. It helps prevent items from shifting or rattling during transit, maintaining the overall stability of the package.

They are  lightweight, which helps reduce shipping costs and keeps the overall weight of the package low. It is a cost-effective alternative to other packaging materials, such as foam peanuts or bubble wrap. Typically made from recycled paper or paper sourced from sustainable forestry practices. It is biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable, making it an environmentally friendly choice compared to plastic-based packaging materials.


4. Starch Peanuts


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Filling the gaps in the box is all important so next up is ‘void fill’. However, the only way to recycle one popular choice, polystyrene, is at designated collection points and these are limited. Who has the time to pack up polystyrene and take it to the recycling centre? No one. Which explains why so much ends up in landfill.

We therefore suggest ultra-light ‘EcoFlo’ loose fill chips from Kite Packaging to fill all the gaps between the wrapped pottery and the box. Made from a maize(corn)-based starch, they are 100% biodegradable, making them a great choice!

These eco-friendly packaging solutions ensure your pottery reaches its new home safely, minimizing your environmental impact. Because beautiful creations deserve a beautiful journey!