Paper Pulp Packaging: Lower Cost and Better for the Environment

Paper Pulp Packaging: Lower Cost and Better for the Environment

20 Jan 2021

Paper pulp packaging is made from various raw materials such as cardboard, recycled paper, and other natural fibers (bamboo, wheat straw, sugarcane). Each material gives the packaging exquisite color, texture, and strength.

Molded pulp packaging is formed to shape. Unlike cardboard boxes which are created from a flat sheet, it is designed with round corners and intricate three-dimensional shapes.

You may have heard the saying ‘walking on eggshells’ at some point. In one way or another, eggs are typically fragile and are deserving of convenient yet rigid trays to hold them. More popular egg trays you could have run into include the molded trays made of pulp and are becoming the go-to option for manufacturers and consumers switching from foam or plastic trays.

In many business models, there is a constant push to shift operations to facilitate environmental conservation. However, all businesses are run with one thing in mind – financial feasibility. The profit at the end of the day matters! How do you juggle between both? This is a skill learned with time; being eco friendly while at the same time not hurting the bottom line.

The solution is molded pulp, which is cheap to use and keeps in line with the businesses’ sustainability goals.

These days, we rely on top-notch technology to do all the molding, which results in finer molded fiber containers with a smoother texture. Owing to this, pulp packaging is now being used outside of conventional egg trays and berry baskets.

The cost implication of molded packaging on a business presents an attractive option. Environmental conservation is paramount, and this material fits the description as it’s easily recycled and reused after a full life-cycle. Unlike plastic and Styrofoam packaging, paper pulp packaging doesn’t end up in landfills or recycling facilities since they are biodegradable.

Molded Paper Pulp Packaging Vs. Plastic & EPS

Building blocks

Our operating cost is rock bottom courtesy of molded pulp, and the end result is affordable packaging. Many plastics and foam packaging are made from petroleum and its byproducts; all sold as per the current oil price. Cheap and affordable packaging is made from readily available raw materials that can be accessed all year round.

Lightweight and compact

One of the most compelling reasons to invest in molded pulp packaging is because they save space when stacked or ‘nested.’ Compared to other commonly used materials, 40 molded pulp end caps save up to 70% of space if the same number of Styrofoam (EDS) were used. In the long run, the exact space saved depends on the dimensions of the packaging, but the fact is clear- pulp is inexpensive and less bulky.


Making compostable product packaging is straightforward. Cost-saving can also be taken to the next level by drying the pulp in the open, and this also helps save the environment. As easy as it sounds, this method saves the business more revenue.

New Development

New development with Molded Pulp Packaging is reasonably priced. Lower costs mean that with Molded Pulp Packaging, you can get your molded container at an affordable price. Our track record proves that you should try out our solutions without hurting your bottom line.


Right from the top, molded containers are cheaper and save space. They are stackable and boost shipping volume by up to 50%! If you are able to ship more, you can scale up your operations and have optimum output. Not to mention, molded fiber containers pass the shock and drop test, with impeccable outcomes in water and outdoor weather.


Plastic is resource consuming to recycle, and an even larger volume will end up in dumps and landfills. The solution is a compostable packaging material. While not all of it will end up being recycled or reused, such innovations are biodegradable and offer a better alternative to plastic. And when its life expectancy is eaten up by constant reuse, the packaging material can be recycled again to make paper.

Long-term use

Sustainability means more than recycling. Technically speaking, we produce more than we ever use, and a lot of it ends up as waste, and as a business, the objective should be focused on investing in eco-friendly resources. For decades, pulp and paper mills have been the backbone of a circular supply chain where everything can be repurposed into something else.

Custom Paper Pulp Packaging

Molded fiber containers are the holy grail to glass products, electronics, and other fragile medical supplies that need safekeeping in transit. Coated molded fiber is static neutral and is essential in some electronic gadgets to prevent part damage, static electricity, and dust from fiber abrasion. Our molded packages are robust, resilient to both cold and heat, dryness and moisture, and are the ideal packaging for any suitable material.

Environmental implications

All materials used to generate molded fiber containers or paper pulp packaging are top grade and made of simple materials that are 100% recyclable. This criterion is imperative for environmental conservation by reducing Cox and NOx emissions and holds ground for cost feasibility. Molded fiber is a sustainable product, is biodegradable, and sticks to ISO 14000 and EU guidelines for eco-points.

At Molded Pulp Packaging, we walk the talk in environmental conservation. Our paper pulp packaging are made from recycled pre-and post-consumer newsprint, Kraft paper, and many more waste papers. We mold our material into desired shapes and dimensions, keeping them smooth, pliable, and robust.

Did you know?

Trays used for packaging apples, eggs, and some specific vegetables and fruits are the topmost packaging outlets for molded packaging, which drives more than 20% of all sales in the paper pulp industry. Trays and flats – along with egg cartons – are the first known consumers of molded pulp because they offer better protection from falls and damage.

Egg cartons are the second-largest consumer of molded pulp since egg producers rarely rely on plastic and Styrofoam (which is also pricier).

  • Molded pulp sales will continually increase when stacked against plastic or EPS, as they are biodegradable, reusable, recyclable, and can be made into compost.
  • While plastic does come with the option of many colors and textures, molded pulp gives a picture of straight-from-the-farm produce that most people desire.

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