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Ship your products safely with Macfarlane Packaging’s extensive range of protective packaging products

Protective packaging is essential if you want to stop your products getting damaged during shipping or storage. Macfarlane Packaging is a leading distributor of protective packaging, so we can help you with a wide range of packaging materials that make sure your goods are safe.

Whether you need bubble wrap, packing peanut, paper packaging, foam, air cushioning or even mesh sleeves and corner protectors, Macfarlane Packaging has the packaging solution you need. Our packaging solutions are suitable for a wide range of businesses. You can use packaging from Macfarlane to protect all sort of products from glass bottles through to ceramics, hand-crafted items, clothes, homeware, electronics and much, much more!

You can choose from a variety of protective packaging supplies in different sizes to fit your products too. Macfarlane Packaging can also supply eco-friendly protective packaging products if sustainability is a priority for your business.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Our experts are on hand to help you with your protective packaging needs. They can even point you to our custom packaging design services.

What type of protective packaging does Macfarlane Packaging supply?

Macfarlane Packaging can supply lots of different packaging materials. The protective solutions we can offer include:

  • Air pillows & air cushioning
  • Bubble wrap rolls
  • Bubble wrap bags
  • Foam rolls & foal wrap
  • Instapak foam from Sealed Air
  • Edge protection, including corner protectors
  • Loosefill packing chips and packing peanuts
  • Protective paper packaging, like paper cushioning and packing paper
  • Geami WrapPak
  • Flexi-Hex® bottle packaging
  • Airsac inflatable packaging
  • Protective packaging for glass bottles & other fragile items

Looking for environmentally friendly protective packaging? Macfarlane Packaging have a full complement of sustainable packaging. eco-friendly voidfill, paper cushioning and more.

Our in-house team will be able to guide you towards the protective packaging you need. We can also help with custom protective packaging solutions. Click to contact us for help.

What type of protective packaging do I need?

The type of protective packaging you will depend on the products you’re shipping. You’ll need the right amount of packaging material to protect your products, but you don’t want to overfill your parcels and be seen as wasteful.

Some factors that should influence which protective packaging you use are:

  • The size of your product
  • The weight of your product
  • How fragile your goods are (the more fragile, the more protection you ned)
  • If you’re shipping single items or multiple items in the same parcel
  • How you want to present your products

All these factors will help you determine the material you need. For example, if you are shipping nonfragile products, you may need a simple void fill option. In this instance you could opt for loosefill packing chips or packing paper. However, if you’re shipping items prone to damages, like glass bottles, you may want something heavier duty like Flexi-Hex®.

For in-box presentation and protection, products like Geami WrapPak are a great protective packing material choice. Alternatively, if you're shipping products with delicate edges, you may want edge and corner protection. You could also consider sustainability and recyclability when choosing your packaging materials! Within our protective range, you'll find a solution that meets your packaging needs.

If you need help choosing the protective packing materials that are right for your business, don't hesitate to get in touch with the Macfarlane Packaging team!

Why is protective packaging important?

Packaging’s most basic function is protection! Essentially, you want your products to reach their intended destination in perfect condition.

No one wants to receive a damaged product. The impact of a damaged product can span:

  • Increased costs – you’re paying for reverse logistics, product replacement and handling.
  • Reputational damage – packaging materials can help you create a great first impression, but a damaged product will not! Damages can also equal lost sales!
  • Impact on the environment – returning damaged product can double the emissions created by the product’s journey, and it can even triple when you factor in the fuel emissions created by sending out the replacement.

Protective packaging is important as it prevents all of these things from happening! If you get your packaging materials right, your product is protected, you control costs, you minimise handling, protect the environment AND delver a great customer experience. You can click here to visit our essential guide to protective packaging if you want to lean more.

Can I recycle protective packaging materials?

This will depend on the protective packaging you’ve chosen to use. Anything paper based will be recyclable at kerbside, as long as it does not have any special coatings.

Plastic-based protective packaging like bubble wrap, while industrially recyclable, will be harder for the end consumer to recycle at home. It’s always worth directing people to RecycleNow to check what they can recycle, and applying clear recycling instructions to any of your packaging supplies. For more information, click here to see our short guide on how to recycle your packaging.