Types of Packaging Paper

Transporting goods safely from one point to another requires care in the packaging process. The types of packaging paper available differ in size, protective properties, strength and durability. In some cases, several types of packaging papers are used to protect delicate or sensitive product materials. Many types of packaging papers are sold at home improvement, craft, moving and business supply stores.

Asphalt Paper

Packaging papers come in many types and weights.

Asphalt paper is used to wrap and protect goods that are at risk of corrosion.  It is made of a mixture of flammable hydrocarbons sandwiched between two layers of paper.

Asphalt paper cannot be heat sealed but it is water resistant.  It is generally used in conjunction with another type of wrapping to ensure products are safe from water leakage and water vapor.

Wet Strength Paper

Wet strength paper is a treated paper that is water and water vapor resistant.  It is generally treated by impregnation, coating or lamination.

Wet strength paper is often used in cartons to protect goods against moisture during transit.  It is also used in other packing materials such as sacks or bags.

Parchment Paper

Parchment paper is water resistant and greaseproof.  It is used to wrap and protect products that are oily or that may leak.

It is also used to wrap products that are sensitive to grease leakage. 

Kraft Paper

Kraft paper is used to wrap products for packaging and in the manufacturing of paper shopping bags.  It is an unbleached product that is made using wood pulp.

Kraft paper is popular due to its strength.  Kraft paper can be crumpled and used to fill in spaces as an alternative to Styrofoam or other filling materials.

It comes in a variety of sizes and coated options, including waxed, poly coated and reinforced. 

Tissue Paper

Tissue paper is a lightweight, semi-transparent paper used to wrap products as part of the packaging process.  Its use is more decorative than protective.

It is available in different grades and weights, and is generally lint-free.  Tissue paper is made from non-woody fibers that are mixed with wood pulp during the manufacturing process.

It is sold in thin sheets of differing sizes and colors. 

About the Author

Donna McFadden has been writing articles for business and consumer audiences for 14 years. Her first book was published in 2003. She currently writes for Demand Studios with expertise in business, crafts, society, and healthy living categories. She holds a Master of Business Degree in Business Administration from Amberton University.

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