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Packaging materials are often made from cardboard products and as new  demands have been made on materials so the finishes applied to boards have changed. 
The traditional 'cardboard box' primarily used for containing products in transit has seen a tremendous growth in the way in which cardboard can support the marketing, and preservation of goods as well as simply containing them.

However the modern consumer requires the product to be attractively packaged and so the pulp may need to be bleached and a printing  surface added.  Additional processes such as these add cost to the packaging and so eventually to the product.  It is issues such as these that concern the product /packaging designer as our environment is a place that should be of great concern to us.  The wasteful use of materials or the addition of chemicals to the environment should both be considered when deciding how to package items for sale.

One frequently seen use for unbleached pulp-product  is centred on the protection of items.  Electrical equipment and fresh eggs are often seen  in the shaped containers suited to the shape of the product. 

A few minutes spent examining these items will show how a knowledge of structures has been applied to the design.

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Another product aimed at protecting items in transit is the 'cardboard box'.  This is often made from corrugated card and has simple printing on its surface - or  separate sticky labels attached - to identify the manufacturer and the product.  It is clearly not aimed at the consumer with evidence of 'hand-hold' cut-outs suggesting the correct way to handle the package without injury.

Check out how corrugated card is made.
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