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The timeline of the cardboard box

The timeline of the cardboard box

By on Jun 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cardboard boxes are made up of thick, heavy, sturdy paper that is commonly known as cardboard. Box types vary from cereal boxes to storage boxes, to packaging boxes and food boxes. The cardboard box is widely used around the world. Here we look at the history of cardboard and corrugated cardboard boxes and how they came to be;   1817- The first cardboard box was made in England, by a man named Sir Malcolm Thornhill. The box wasn’t what we associate nowadays with ‘packaging’ boxes but rather resembled more of a shoebox. But his idea was to make a box using single sheets of cardboard. However, as a result, they were rather laborious to create, but that didn’t make them any less popular. 1840 – silk manufacturers started using cardboard boxes to transport moths and their eggs from Japan to Europe 1850 – the cardboard box went mainstream because the Kellogg Company started using it for their cereal packaging. 1856 – corrugated cardboard was invented. Two Englishmen, Edward C. Healy and Edward E. Allen patented corrugated cardboard, its purpose was to line the inside of hats. 1871 – American Albert L. Jones patented the single-sided corrugated board which was used by the packaging industry to wrap around fragile items such as bottles and glass lanterns. 1890 – Robert Gair, a printer and paper bag manufacturer in Brooklyn, America, accidentally invented the pre-cut cardboard box when he was supposed to be printing paper bags in 1890. The mistake happened when he accidentally shifted the metal ruler that was used to crease the bags and as a result cut the bags. Gair put two and two together and realised that he could create pre-cut cardboard boxes in one operation. 1895 – Robert Gair applied the same principle to corrugated board, thus inventing the corrugated cardboard box. The world welcomed his invention and soon the packaging industry started replacing wooden crates and boxes with corrugated cardboard boxes.   Cardboard boxes remain one of the simplest ways to move things from one place to another. Whether it’s a case of taking a juice box in your lunch box or you’re moving from one house to another, cardboard boxes help collect numerous amounts of...

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Cardboard Boxes and your child’s development

Cardboard Boxes and your child’s development

By on Jun 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“With nothing more than a little imagination, boxes can be transformed into forts or houses, spaceships or submarines, castles or caves. Inside a big cardboard box, a child is transported to a world of his or her own, one where anything is possible.”– National Toy Hall of Fame You don’t have to go to the extreme that the parents pictured in the photograph have done (see more on cardboardboxoffice.com) but a simple cardboard box can have your children, and maybe even you, entertained for hours on end. More than that though, a cardboard box build skills in children that the fancy toys in the shops or smartphones or tablets cannot. By being allowed to play with cardboard boxes children are encouraged to use their creativity, imagination and resourcefulness to build upon, transform and reinvent the basic cardboard box.  We’ve identified the following domains of development and how a cardboard box provides the learning dimensions that help with the child’s development; Physical Domain: when it comes to a child’s development the physical domain takes into account the body size, body proportions, appearance, motor development, coordination, perception capabilities and a child’s physical health. Cardboard boxes help development in this domain by teaching children about spatial awareness; how big they are in relation to the things around them. As a result, children are constantly testing their own size by crawling/ climbing in, through, around or over things. Cardboard boxes are often the perfect size for children to test this out on. Another aspect of the cardboard box that helps children with the physical domain is that cardboard boxes are often light-weight which enables young children to lift the boxes and move and manipulate them (this also helps empower the children because they can do it themselves). Cognitive domain: deals with a child’s development through processes and intellectual abilities which include attention, memory, problem-solving, imagination, creativity as well as everyday knowledge and language. Empowering your child is a good way of developing your child’s cognitive abilities. A cardboard box helps in this sense because it makes a child feel big. Children live in a world where everything is made for ‘big people’, so feeling big themselves helps empower them and build their confidence....

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Five reasons to keep those cardboard boxes

Five reasons to keep those cardboard boxes

By on May 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In a world full of technology, that’s ever changing and evolving, it’s nice when some things stay the same. Take cardboard boxes for instance. Ninety percent of all products shipped across the world are still sent in some form of cardboard packaging. Unfortunately, this means that there are many cardboard boxes filling up refuse/ rubbish dumps. This shouldn’t be so as corrugated cardboard does not lose its usefulness once the package has been opened. There is an unlimited amount of ways you can reuse cardboard boxes. We’ve listed five ideas here to get your creative juices bubbling; Playhouse: these days children are over saturated and stimulated with an abundance of interactive and electronic toys. The simple cardboard box is often overlooked. But it shouldn’t be. A window here, a door there, and suddenly you’ve transformed an otherwise would-be piece of trash into a playhouse. Watch out for our next blog where we talk about how the cardboard box is important for your child’s development. Storage: This is an obvious, yet easy and effective way to repurpose your corrugated cardboard boxes. Wrap some twine or decorative tape around it, line the inside with some hessian and now you’ve got the perfect storage unit for trinkets and other goodies – and it barely cost you a thing! Lightbox: Are you a budding photographer? Make your own lightbox out of a cardboard box. You’ll need a cardboard box, white fabric, packing tape, and white cardboard paper. All you need to do is cut windows into the sides and top of a cardboard box. Then, tape white fabric or tissue paper to the windows and then fit a slightly bent piece of white cardboard paper to create a blank background. To top it all off, cover the outside of the fabric covered windows with black cardboard paper – to block the light as needed. You can then use flashes or lamps to create your desired lighting effect. Crafts: Cardboard is the cornerstone of any craft project. The only supplies you’ll need are plenty of cardboard and some everyday items, like glue, that you’re bound to have lying around the house. Lacking inspiration? The internet is flooded with creative things that will keep you,...

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Nifty ways to use Double Sided Tape:

Nifty ways to use Double Sided Tape:

By on May 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s certainly not the most exciting thing you can own, and it isn’t an item that springs to mind in the midst of a crisis. But it offers more functional benefits than you ever could imagine. Double-sided tape can certainly be considered your best-kept secret. Whether you need to repair something or are having trouble getting items to stay in a fixed position double-sided tape is the answer! We’ve listed a few instances where double sided tape can change your life;   Arts & Crafts Whether you are a professional graphic designer, scrap booker or a 5-year-old with an imagination, double sided tape will revolutionise the way your projects are done. Not only can it be used for bonding items together, but you can come up with crafty ways of using it – like rolling it through glitter or creating pop-up, 3D effects.   Safety Slipping or tripping is some risky business and it can be easily avoided by using double-sided tape! Apply double-sided tape to the bottom edges of any carpets or rugs and then press firmly against the floor. This will prevent you from tripping over any of those pesky corners that like to curl over! Double-sided tape can also be used on stairs. Similarly, to applying double sided tape to your carpets and rugs, you can place it on the treads of your stairs to avoid slipping. All you have to do is apply double-sided tape to the bottom of the stair treads (cut to size) and then place it on the stairs!   Beauty: Did you ever think you could use double-sided tape to help you with your beauty routine? Well, think again. Some women like to or have to, use wigs. Double sided tape helps the wig stay in place all through the day – keeping a natural appearance.   Fashion: Double-sided tape is a fashionista’s dream. It helps keep clothing in place like pesky colours that don’t lie flat, or belt straps don’t sit perfectly together. Additionally, the tape can be used to keep the fabric attached to the skin; creating a tailored and well-presented look. Make sure you keep a roll of double-sided tape in your bag in case of a fashion...

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3 Ways Your Packaging Could Ruin Your Business

3 Ways Your Packaging Could Ruin Your Business

By on Apr 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Packaging is a part of every consumers life. Whether it drives a person to try a new brand, because of its aesthetic appeal, or helps them shop a little quicker as they subconsciously reach for a recognised, favourite product, there is no denying that it is something consumers respond to on a daily basis. But what are the behind-the-scenes costs of packaging – the type borne by you, the brand, that could be having a detrimental effect on your business? Returns Bad packaging is the cause of a lot of returns. Either the customer is dissatisfied with the product, or the product is damaged by the time it is bought.   Packaging that doesn’t sufficiently fit the product is an almost sure-fire way to get a product returned. This will always leave a negative image of your brand in the minds of consumers, and even one bad purchase will cause a person to think twice about purchasing from that brand again. This is a costly and unnecessary mistake. Storage While consumers never have to consider how products are stored before they reach the retail shelves, incorrect warehouse storage by businesses can have a huge impact on the financials.   If packaging is taking up too much space, you may consider moving to bigger storage facilities or having to store goods off-site. This is extremely costly, when all that is necessary is re-thinking the type of packaging that is used, and using smart space-saving packaging alternatives that will reduce your business overheads. Waste Is packaging waste really necessary? Using incorrect packaging for a product may result in unnecessary waste, and apart from being bad for the environment, it will have a huge impact on your packaging costs.   Use good quality packaging and tape, and you will not have to use excess or doubled-up packaging to keep the product safe from damage. Consumers are becoming more conscious of their environmental impact, and are using social media to share their experiences of having to deal with packaging waste. This can have damaging consequences for any business. If you need to reduce your packaging costs, we can help. Packaging is a necessary outlay for any business, but we can help you to...

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Protecting Products For Shipping

Protecting Products For Shipping

By on Apr 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Once your product leaves your capable hands, its fate lies in the hands of those who are shipping it do its destination. While a certain amount of trust is left to the shipping company and its employees, you can ensure that your packaging will reach its destination safely with the right packaging. The big dilemma faced by those needing to ship products is to go with a lighter and therefore cheaper option, or heavier (better protected) but more expensive. However, costs and an intact package should go hand-in-hand. The best way to ensure this is to be strategic with your packaging planning. Don’t use whatever you can get at the cheapest rate – in the long run, that’s a costly recipe for disaster! The right packaging will protect your shipment from any type of damage. Boxes are the natural choice, especially those that are corrugated, to protect from bumping and movement. The extra corrugated protection also helps to keep the product dry if it is in a humid environment or is set down in a damp area. To avoid moisture damage from humidity that occurs inside the box, it is helpful to use desiccants which will absorb moisture before it causes mould or rust. Plan carefully Manufacturers can underestimate the volume of a finished product and may have to squash goods into its packaging; this is often the case with clothing. When the garments reach their destination they are crumpled and creased and need to be ironed before they can be displayed. This is unnecessarily costly and time consuming. Don’t forget that travel consists of a number of changes in elevation. Air-pressure at high altitudes can cause plastic bags to expand and burst open, so take all of these changes into account when planning your packaging options for shipping. If you have large shipments with many of boxes, then you could save money and reduce the potential of damage by using plastic wrap and pallets to create a large package that can be shipped as one. Consult us when you need to ship products for the best advice on saving costs and the dissapointment (not to mention cost) of damaged...

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