How to reuse cardboard boxes around the home

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After a house move or Christmas, leftover boxes have a tendency to pile up and take over spare rooms or the hallway. Whilst cardboard boxes can be recycled, there are also many uses for them around the home too. Here are some of our favourite ways of reusing them:

Desk tidies

Smaller boxes can act as great desk tidies, keeping loose bits of paper under control. To make them look attractive wrapping paper can be used to cover the outside of them. People even colour coordinate this to differentiate between the contents of each tray.

Storage boxes

Another simple use for cardboard boxes is as storage boxes, particularly for items that are rarely needed or used. These are a cheaper alternative to buying plastic boxes and can function just as well as long as they are not overfilled. Remember to label boxes clearly so that items can easily be found when needed.

Indoor seed labels

If you have green fingers and grow a lot of plants from seed then boxes can be cut into strips and used as labels. Simply trim them down to size and write the name of the plant on them before sticking it into the pot of soil.

Imaginative toys

Boxes make great kids’ toys. With a little bit of imagination they can quickly and easily be transformed into dens, cars, pirate ships, shop fronts and more. This is a great way to reuse a box as well as keep children entertained for an hour or two!

Martin Mills Packaging offer an extensive range of packaging products, ensuring items can safely be transported from A to B. We stock a wide variety of cardboards boxes, bags, wrap and tape and call also custom print items with company names. For more information please get in touch today by calling 01422 363935.

Use of cardboard boxes on the rise

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The growth of the online market place has seen a surge in the number of cardboard boxes being used to package items.

With the likes of Amazon and Ebay continually breaking records for their online sales, more and more people are having deliveries in cardboard boxes. Reports in the industry show that many businesses show very strong growth in the use of cardboard fibre-based packaging, and ecommerce is a major driving force.

Martin Mills Packaging is delighted with this news and we are confident that this market will continue to grow. More and more people are using online websites to buy gifts with retail stores taking the hit and online ordering is easier and more convenient. You can find more details on how businesses are using cardboard boxes to package high quality items on our website.

Carboard boxes are available in a range of sizes and shapes which make them brilliant for all online purchases. From small items which require only a small box through to large items which must be packaged in intricate and very specialist ways, the use of cardboard boxes is a great way to solve your packaging needs.

If you would like to know more about how Martins Mill Packaging are helping businesses all over the UK deliver their items in a careful manner, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our team today. We have boxes for all shapes, sizes and needs and can provide them quickly to your business.

For more details, please get in touch with one of our team today by calling our office.

Heavy duty vs medium duty bags: what is the best?

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Martins Mill Packaging stocks a wide range of bags for all types of purpose, and if there isn’t one to suit your purpose, Martins Mill Packaging can help you specify a customised bag that will be exactly what you require. What you intend to use your bags for will determine whether you should select heavy duty bags or medium duty bags, and we have a good choice of useful weights and sizes.

When choosing medium duty polythene bags, or heavy duty bags, look at the weight specification. Polythene bags are useful for many purposes, and it can be difficult to decide which weight is best for you. The thickness or density of a polythene bag is measured in gauge (Imperial) or micron (European metric). To convert from Imperial gauge to European microns, divide by four.  Heavy duty bags with a higher gauge or micron are thicker and stronger.  Medium gauge polythene bags are ideal for general business use, or for storing or transporting moderately heavy small items without sharp edges. Medium duty polythene bags are used extensively in small shops, or businesses. Heavy Duty bags will be more suitable for larger, heavier items, with some degree of sharp edges, such as hardware, or tools.

Refuse sacks are generally used to confine and transport refuse, but can also be used for a variety of other ad hoc purposes. While heavy duty bags, around 300 gauge, will give better service for heavy refuse, with sharp edges, such as garden waste, or heavy household items, medium duty bags, in 160 gauge polythene, can also be useful if refuse is likely to be light, without sharp edges.

If you are intending to use your bags for even larger items, such as mattresses, then consider how durable your bag will need to be, for the amount of transportation, handling and storage the mattress will encounter. Heavy duty bags will help protect furniture when moving or storing, but for short term storage, or occasional handling, then medium duty bags may suffice.

For more advice about whether to choose heavy duty bags, or lighter weight medium duty bags for the items you intend to wrap, consult the helpful packaging experts at Martins Mill Packaging.

 

What are woven polypropylene sacks?

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A woven polypropylene sack is an incredibly good product, combining the strength required to carry large weight, with also being light weight itself. As a result, they are often the chosen choice for packaging many different items, such as rice, logs, nuts and bolts, coal and many more items besides.

Bags come in a variety of sizes, but usually, they hold anywhere between 10kg to 50kg and can be used by both domestic and commercial clientele.

At Martins Mill Packaging, we have three different types of bags available. These are:

  • Heavy Duty Polypropylene Bags and Sacks
  • Net Bags
  • Standard Polypropylene Bags and sacks.

If you require sacks for any packaging of items such as logs and other products, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our team today. We can provide a range of bags quickly, as well as provide support on how to package/store your products effectively.

How to pack books in a cardboard box

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Packing up books when you are moving office or home can be quite a stressful task if not carried out properly. A common mistake is to try and fit too many books into a box which makes it difficult to lift as well as likely to rip in transit. To make sure your books safely get from A to B we recommend the following:

Use strong, small boxes

Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to box size for transporting books. Using smaller boxes means the weight will be limited and that the box will be less likely to break during delivery.

Place books in flat

Always lie books down flat when packing them in the box. This can help avoid damaged occurring to either the spine or the pages which would otherwise have books places directly upon them.

Fill in any gaps

Once you have finished packing the books it is important to fill in any gaps to avoid them moving around in transit and damaging each other or the box itself. You could use bubble wrap to do this, or if you are moving house some clothes or sheets would also do the trick.

Label the box correctly

Regardless of whether it is a commercial or domestic move or the package is being sent somewhere by post, it’s important that the box is labelled properly. This will help removal companies know where to put it in a new property or help ensure it reaches its intended final destination by mail.

Martins Mill Packaging offer a variety of packing products including single, double and triple wall cartons. We also stock a wide range of polythene and polypropylene bags, bubble wrap and tape. For more information or to get some advice about packing items correctly please get in touch today on 01422 363 935.

How to wrap a box

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Christmas is one of the busiest times of year in terms of sending parcels. When wrapping boxes it’s important not only to have the correct paper or packaging at hand, but to also leave enough time to pay attention to detail to ensure they look professional. Here are our top tips for a fantastically wrapped box:

  1. Choose and cut the paper carefully

Sometimes wrapping a box is purely functional and in this care, the style of wrapping paper is not too important as long as it is robust enough. If however, the box being wrapped is for someone special then take time to identify a suitable colour and pattern. When it comes to cutting the paper, make sure scissors are sharp and that you cut in long, smooth movements to avoid tatty looking, jagged edges.

  1. Make sure there’s enough paper for some overlap

When cutting your paper ensure that they is sufficient paper to create some overlap when taping. This will avoid the paper having to be pulled too taught as well as make it much easier for you to stick each of the sides down. Always tape out of view if possible too, so for example on a rectangular box aim to tape on the side which is underneath.

  1. Don’t forget the finish

To make sure the wrapping looks professional, make sharp corners by using you thumb and forefinger. Then add a gift tag in the same or complementary colour and perhaps a ribbon or bow too.

Martins Mill Packaging supply a wide range of products to help the safe and efficient transportation of items. We provide a range of bags, boxes and cartons in various different sizes as well as bubble wrap and tape. If you would like some packaging advice or to learn more about the products we stock please get in touch today on 01422 363935.

Why packing your house for moving on your own is a good idea

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When moving home, one of the most time consuming and potentially laborious tasks is packing up all of your belongings ready for the next house. However, all is not so bleak, and packing up your belongings can actually by better than hiring professional packers to do the job for you.

At Martins Mill Packaging we know all about packaging and have written a short list of reasons why packing up your belongings on your own is actually a good idea. With over 20 years of experience from working in Halifax and Greater West Yorkshire, we are sure we can help you out.

Packers are expensive

Hiring people to come and pack your goods for you can be quite costly, which is the main reason why people don’t opt for professional packers. Considering you’re already probably paying a service to move your belongings for you, to add in packaging to their job could add upwards of several hundred pounds onto the bill.

Less control

When you hire packers they will pack your belongings how they see fit, which may not necessarily be how you want. For example, kitchen goods may be packed with other items from the house such as bedding, whereas you may want to keep certain belongings together. If you like your things to be handled and packaged in a particular way, it would make more sense if you packed your belongings yourself.

Impersonal and intrusive

Hiring packers can sometimes be impersonal and intrusive, after all, you are hiring strangers to go through your house and your belongings and then load them into a van. It is not uncommon for people to want to pack personal belongings, particularly sentimental objects.

As industry professionals we strongly encourage that people thoroughly research the company they’re hiring if they do decide to have professional packers.

If you have any questions about the article, or if you would like to contact us, don’t hesitate to call us on: 01422 363935

Types of Packaging

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Although everyone uses cardboard boxes, it is imperative to know which type of packaging is best suited for the product or object it is that is being packed, as some materials are better than others depending on what the product is.

Here at MMP, we offer a range of different packaging materials and have put together an essential guide to help you understand what type of packaging is best suited to your needs.

Cardboard

As we approach Christmas, everyone will be getting their cardboard boxes ready to wrap up their gifts. It’s no wonder why cardboard is so popular, it is cheap, easy to use and very practical, not to mention the fact that it is very easy to reuse and recycle. We sell cardboard both in sheet form and box form. Cardboard can be used to package most things be it large or small, as well as being in the convenient storage shape of a cube, hence why this is all courier services’ primary form of packaging.

Plastic

We offer various types of plastic packaging, ranging from polythene and polypropylene bags, to single, double and triple wall cartons, layer sheets, and die cuts just to name a few. Plastic is very good for packaging perishables such as food and also for keeping things weatherproofed such as clothes or papers. Although plastic is probably the cheapest form of packaging, it manages to remain lightweight and strong.

Unfortunately, even though plastic is a good packaging material, it is very damaging to the environment as it takes decades to biodegrade and often contaminates the ground where it is buried at landfill sites. Plastic makes up approximately 10% of all rubbish in our bins

Glass

Glass is mainly used for foods and liquids and has the benefit of being strong, easy to recycle and inalterable. It is the staple form of packaging at home in the kitchen, in the form of jars, glasses, bowls and jugs to name a few. The downside to glass is that it tends to be quite a heavy material and under some force will shatter, which makes distribution quite difficult, and often requires secondary packaging to ensure that the glass doesn’t break.

At MMP we offer numerous packaging solutions and would recommend browsing our materials. Alternatively you can contact us on: 01422 363935

What is spiral sewn tubing?

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Martins Mill Packaging has been supplying a comprehensive range of packaging for all types of businesses for over 20 years, and in that time has seen many innovative new products becoming widely used as everyday packaging. Spiral sewn tubing is a useful addition to any packaging department’s stores, and is among the most versatile types of packaging for larger items of assorted sizes you could find. Ideal for general packaging and outer layer protection, spiral sewn tubing can be cut to the exact length you require, for convenient provision of packaging material where items may be bulky, or differing sizes, or where speed and convenience is important.

Spiral sewn tubing comes on a roll in several useful standard widths. It is sewn on the bias (diagonal) to allow the fabric to stretch slightly in use, providing a useful degree of flexibility for even the most awkward of objects.

Woven polypropylene spiral sewn tubing comes in a continuous roll, ready for cutting to the exact size you require. This makes for a quick and simple way to wrap various different sized items without ordering in a selection of large bags to cover all sizes. A huge advantage of having a roll of spiral sewn tubing as part of your packaging armoury, is that items of differing size and shape can be easily wrapped without wastage.

To make your own customised polypropylene bags from the spiral sewn tubing, simply slide the item to be wrapped inside the spiral sewn tube, cut length to size, and fasten with cable ties. The plastic coating of the woven polypropylene has a smooth interior to avoid snagging or damage to delicate items. Spiral sewn tubing offers an easy way to wrap bulky or irregular shapes without wasting packaging when trimming to fit, and the continuous roll means no wastage.

For more information about ways spiral sewn tubing can benefit your business, contact the knowledgeable packaging team at Martins Mill Packaging. The experienced packaging team at Martins Mill Packaging can advise you about packaging products ideally suited for your specific requirements.

Top tips when packaging your Christmas items for delivery

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To ensure that all the Christmas presents you are going to spend hours wrapping arrive on time and in one piece, we’ve decided to write a few top tips when packaging Christmas gifts for the post.

It should be noted that if you have any particularly large or obscure items in need of wrapping that you consult a courier or wrapping professional for advice. You can contact Martins Mill Packaging on: 01422 363935.

CARDBOARD RULES

The best packaging material is corrugated cardboard for several reasons, mainly because it keeps the present-curious people guessing as to what it is that’s inside the box! Cardboard is an excellent material for providing a lightweight, durable and ultimately very protective casing to whatever object is concealed inside. Not to mention the fact that it is also incredibly easy to wrap!

WRAP BEFORE YOU BOX

As supposed to wrapping the cardboard box in Christmas paper, instead wrap the present as you would normally and then cover in ample bubble wrap before placing it in an appropriately sized cardboard box or bag. This ensures that the item is unlikely to get damaged and also means that the present’s identity is kept secret even after the cardboard box has been opened.

LARGE PRESENTS

If you are sending or receiving any large presents it is recommended that if the item comes in a box, you keep it, as this makes the item much easier for packaging and distributing later on. Not to mention that it is also doing your bit for the environment by re-using instead of buying new materials. Additionally, if the present is not being delivered, try and keep it hidden either in your own house or a neighbours / family members to prevent anyone from finding it!

DON’T FORGET…to check with the Royal Mail or your local couriers for their last posting dates.

AND ALSO…remember to flat pack and recycle any unwanted paper, cardboard or plastic after the big day!