Paperboard is possibly one of the world’s most unrecognised and uncelebrated products, despite its uniquely versatile qualities and the fact that many of us use it in some form or other every day. Environmentally sustainable paperboard packaging has been quietly delivering the goods since the creation of the very first paperboard carton in 1817. Paperboard, also known as cardboard, has many practical uses but it also has its creative side, in making sculptures and models for instance.
The manufacturing process of Paperboard
Paperboard can be so sturdy and strong that it’s worth remembering that it’s still a part of the overall paper industry that plays a major part in our daily lives. Perhaps as much as 50% of the total paper products that are made are in packaging. That means a lot of pulped trees – or does it? Paperboard can be produced from new fibre pulp of course, but the great thing about paperboard is that quality products can also be produced from recycled waste paper. When fresh pulp is used by Preston Board and Packaging to produce its paperboard products, it comes from sustainable sources in maintained forests where the trees are replaced.
Paperboard folds, cuts and creases
Paperboard technology advances during the late 19th century included folding cartons that could be shipped flat before use. This space-saving aspect of paperboard during storage and transit is another of its environmentally sound aspects. Cutting technology developed too, with machines designed to produce a huge range of shapes to service many industries. Over time, new methods of manufacturing such as laminating mean that modern paperboard retains strength, durability and versatility in a range of markets, including specialist areas from food and drink to publishing.
Printed or plain and in a range of colours and strengths
Whatever your packaging requirements, there’s likely to be a paperboard option. The drinks industry, for instance, mainly uses Kraft lined board, which is always virgin fibre which is often clay-coated. Various other forms of lining with other functions are available from Preston Board and Packaging – brown and white lined boards for instance, either single or double sided, as well as polythene, polyester and silicon lined boards. Boards can come in different plies as well, of course, by laminating layers together. Other products such as chipboard share many of the same qualities as paperboard and are just as environmentally friendly, using large quantities of waste cardboard in production.
Back to the beginning
And then, when the job’s done, paperboard packaging can be recycled again, ready for its next incarnation. Perhaps our longest established packaging material is still the best?
Preston Board & Packaging supply a variety of solid board products to different industries, from bed manufacturing to cable reels, from point of sale advertising to mounting boards, from cake boards to meat boxes. We offer a diverse range of products in sizes and thicknesses to suit all applications.