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From delicate to non-conforming products, protective packaging – also known as void-fill – is an effective way to ensure that every delivery goes through safely.  By cushioning the blow of impacts, jostles, and storage, filling the void in your case with protective packaging is always worth the investment.

How much do you know about void-fill materials?

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Types of Protective Packaging Material

Bubble Wrap

Often referred to as ‘bubble wrap’, inflated air has been a popular choice for packaging since the early 1960s. Bubble wrap is only the beginning, however – thanks to modern technology, inflated air packaging can be custom-filled to fit box-sizes, accommodate products, and increase security.


Another tried-and-true packaging option, paper is a common material that can be used for a variety of products. Thanks to its rigidity when packed, paper molds around the product, stopping it from moving during transit.

Packing Foam Peanuts

One of the original methods of protective packaging to be popularized, EPS foam – or packing ‘peanuts’ – have dominated the shipping market due to their simplicity. With minimal effort, your product can rest on a cushion of foam that’ll keep it safe and secure.

Instapak Foam

The ‘new kid on the block’ when it comes to packaging materials, Instapak is quickly taking the market by storm with its innovative approach to protective packaging. By mixing two foam components, this foam literally expands and ‘hugs’ your product. It’s a one-of-a-kind fit every time.

What Type of Protective Packaging Is Best?

It’s one thing to know be informed about what packaging materials are available, but it’s a lot more difficult to know which one is best for your business. While each one excels in a certain area, it’s always best to speak to an expert. Contact a Crawford Packaging Specialist for an assessment of your needs and a recommendation for what will help you save – and ship – more.

Environmentally Friendly

Winner: Paper

If your business wants the most eco-friendly packaging option on the market, look no further. While each method mentioned on the list is eco-friendly thanks to modern innovation, paper is the industry-leader in ‘green’ void-fill packaging.

Inexpensive & Versatile

Winner: Inflated Air

Air cushion packaging is extremely inexpensive when compared to other methods for protective packaging. Fill it with the air you need in the size that fits – air will conform to fit the form you need.

Customizable Potential

Winner: Instapak Foam

If you serve a wide array of products, you know that no two have the same shipping needs. Instapak fills and molds to fit the box and product you’re trying to ship, keeping your process simple and your products secure.

 You put a lot of thought, effort, and care into creating a product you’re proud of -- put the same effort into making sure it ships safely and Protect It Right.