The Pros And Cons Of Plastic And Cardboard Packaging

Which is better plastic or paper packaging?

When it comes to our impact on the environment, the choices we make regarding packaging materials matters more than ever. Plastic and cardboard are two of the biggest packaging materials, being used everywhere, each having its own set of advantages and disadvantages. But how do you work out which material is the best?

In this blog, we take a look at the positives and negatives of both packaging giants, comparing the two helping explore which one is better for our planet.


What is packaging for a product?

Product packaging is the box or bag or any other design elements that carry your product to your door. Packaging will usually include the company’s logo, images of the product, product descriptions, or a window to look inside the packaging at the product. Lots of companies take pride in their packaging, we this can have huge influence of a customer’s buying decisions.

But sometimes, it isn’t about the packaging choices and more about the design. Because almost a third of our buying choices come from the design of the box, with over 70% of younger customers sharing an image of the product packaging on their social media and over 60% of consumers saying they will try a new product if it has convincing packaging.

Cardboard product packaging

So before we decide which packaging giant is superior, lets break each material down and analyse their positives and negatives.


 Plastic Packaging:

What are plastics advantages for packaging?

How bad is plastic packaging for the environment?

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile
  • Huge environmental impacts
  • Dangerous to animals
  • Can pollute environment


 Cardboard Packaging:

 What are the advantages of cardboard packaging?

What are the disadvantages of cardboard packaging?

  • High strength
  • High security
  • Cost effective
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Will become damaged overtime
  • Loses durability with each use


Related blog: 10 Ways To Reuse Cardboard Boxes


Plastic Vs Cardboard:

  Plastic Cardboard
Durability Green tick Green tick
Environmentally friendly Green tick
Strength Green tick
Cost effective Green tick
Reusability Green tick


How you can help:

Through comparing the two types of packaging giants, it is clear that cardboard packaging is much more suitable for our environment and our wallets! So next time, try and order from stores that offer brown box packaging, and if you’re unsure where to look, check out Stock Must Go!


Stock Must Go Brown Box Deals:

With Stock Must Go’s Brown Box Deals, you can order premium, high-quality products at a fraction of their original price, the only difference? They will arrive at your door in brown box packaging rather than their original boxes. We have Brown Box Deals for all types of tech, gaming, laptops, smartwatches – you’re spoilt for choice!

Related blog: Discover The Magic Of Brown Box Deals

So quickly, race to Stock Must Go now to find your dream piece of tech before it’s gone!

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