What Is Corrugated Cardboard?

by Naima Manal; Updated September 26, 2017
What Is Corrugated Cardboard?

Corrugated cardboard is an engineered paper product designed to function as a packaging container that is both versatile and durable. It is the most popular and cost-effective choice for item packaging and storage.

Identification

Corrugated cardboard is composed of a flat, thick liner layers of paper adhered to alternating fluted layers.

Types

Corrugated cardboard varies in paper thickness, the width of the flutes and the amount of liner-flute layers, providing many solutions for various packaging demands.

Features

Corrugated cardboard can also vary in the maximum weight that it supports, in the adhesives used to glue layers together, in the amount of additional layers and in what protective treatment is applied to the corrugated cardboard.

Considerations

Because of its paper surface, corrugated cardboard can easily receive direct image and letter printing from silk screening, flexography and lithography.

Function

The design of corrugated cardboard also makes it able to absorb impact and resist damage from accidental drops. It is designed for stacking and storing products to protect them from damage.

Significance

Corrugated cardboard is a renewable environmental product. It is made from eco-friendly fibers that come from recycled paper products, wood manufacturing by-products and straw.

About the Author

Naima Manal's articles on health, diet, nutrition, alternative medicine, education, parenting, crafts, travel, home and garden and home improvement have appeared on various websites. Manal received her Bachelor of Science in biology/pre-medical studies from Molloy College in 1994 and has been a freelance writer, teacher and homeschooling mom since 1993.

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