Packaging types & materials

Everything about the various materials we use and products we make.

Mailer boxes

How does height affect mailer box prices?

Height of a mailer box greatly impacts the amount of materials required in production. The larger the height, the more material is required, and the more expensive it will be. Here's an illustration on why this is the case.

What is flute in packaging?

Flute, or corrugation, is used to strengthen or reinforce the cardboard that's used in your packaging. They typically look like wavy lines which when glued to a paperboard, forms the corrugated board. Fluting in packaging gives your packaging the rigidity and helps withstand any crushing.

What is your minimum order quantity (MOQ) for mailer boxes?

For standard mailer boxes, 30 units for standard sizes and 100 units for custom sizes. For mailers with an adhesive and tear strip, the MOQ starts at 300 units.

What materials do you use for corrugated mailer boxes?

The standard materials for mailer boxes depend on whether you want a white or kraft mailer. White mailers use CCNB paper (clay cloated news back), which is made up of recycled materials, and kraft mailers use kraft paper. More details on materials here.

What standard finishes do you provide for mailer boxes?

Our standard finishes include a matte or glossy aqueous finish. Depending on your design, we may use lamination instead to minimize the appearance of cracks in the paper.

Can I order a printed sample of my mailer box?

Yes! We can provide a Simplified Sample which is printed but doesn't include finishes (e.g. matte/glossy) nor add-ons such as foil stamping or embossing. We'll include a dieline for you to add your artwork to once you place an order for a sample.

Can you provide a mailer box dieline for me?

You can access all standard mailer box dielines here. If you'd like a custom sized mailer box dieline, you can order a dieline here. We include dielines for free as part of our sampling services or when you place your order with us.

Does my mailer box need extra packaging when being shipped?

Mailer boxes are sturdy enough to be sent out as is and are often used as external shipping cartons alone. If your mailer boxes have artwork on the outside of the box, you can consider adding an external envelope or carton, to protect your designs. To use mailers as both branded packaging and shipping boxes, we'd suggest including print on the inside of the box. This way, your customers are greeted with your beautiful brand and artwork while unboxing. The outside of the box can be blank to save on costs, leaving enough room to place shipping labels.

Folding carton boxes

Do you provide corrugated folding carton boxes?

Yes we do! Simply submit your enquiry here for corrugated folding carton boxes and we'll get back to you soon.

What is your minimum order quantity (MOQ) for folding cartons?

30 units for standard sizes and 100 units for custom sizes.

What materials do you use for folding carton boxes?

SBS paper or kraft paper that's 300gsm.

What standard finishes do you provide for folding carton boxes?

Our standard finishes include a matte or glossy aqueous finish.

Is a folding carton box with an auto lock bottom more expensive?

Yes, this would be more expensive than the other types of folding carton boxes.

Can I order a printed sample of my folding carton box?

Yes! We can provide a Simplified Sample which is printed but doesn't include finishes (e.g. matte/glossy) nor add-ons such as foil stamping or embossing. We'll include a dieline for you to add your artwork to once you place an order for a sample.

Does my folding carton need extra packaging when being shipped?

We would highly recommend this as folding carton boxes aren't designed to withstand the wear and tear of shipping. It's best to packaging your folding carton boxes in an external mailer box or shipping carton.

Rigid boxes

How are rigid boxes made?

A thick paperboard is properly sized, then folded up and secured to form the base shape of the box. Artwork is printed on a separate, thinner piece of paper, which is then wrapped and laminated over the paperboard.

What is your minimum order quantity (MOQ) for rigid boxes?

300 units per size and/or design.

What materials do you use for rigid boxes?

Kraft rigid boxes use kraft paper and white rigid boxes are made with solid bleached sulphate (SBS) paper. The thickness of the rigid box would depend on the size of the rigid box, which can range anywhere from 600-1500gsm. More information on rigid box thickness here.

What standard finishes do you provide for rigid boxes?

Kraft rigid boxes are uncoated, and all other rigid boxes come with a matte or glossy lamination. The standard lamination used is made with thin plastic. To upgrade to eco-friendly lamination, get in touch with us for a custom quote!

Can you provide a rigid box dieline for me?

Dielines are included as part of the structural design service. We also include rigid box dielines for free when you place your order with us.

Which rigid box type is the most expensive?

Shoulder and neck rigid boxes, rigid drawer boxes, and magnetic rigid boxes are the most premium and cost more per unit. The most economical rigid box options would be a standard 2 piece rigid box with a separate lid and base.

Does my rigid box need extra packaging when being shipped?

We do recommend an external carton for shipping. Rigid boxes shipped on its own or in thin polybags could cause dents on the edges and scratches on the boxes. In order to ensure your premium packaging stays premium until it reaches the hands of your customers, opt for a shipping carton or mailer box.

Custom box inserts

What is your minimum order quantity (MOQ) for box inserts?

If you're ordering inserts with a box, the MOQ starts at 300 units for each. Note that the quantity of the box and insert must be the same. If you're just ordering inserts alone, the MOQ starts at 500 units.

What materials do you use for foam inserts?

We use Polyethylene foam (PE Foam) which can come in a standard black or white color. If you're looking for another color, please get in touch with us!

What materials do you use for paper or cardboard inserts?

Depending on your products and the final structural design, these can be SBS paper or a corrugated material.

What if I already have my own structural design for inserts?

Great! Send your dieline file over of the insert and we'll provide a quote for you based on this dieline. Note that if you'd like us to produce the insert according to your dieline, we cannot guarantee your products will fit in the insert and associated box unless we run structural tests with your products. If you'd like us to test your products with your insert design, you can purchase a structural sample of an insert.

What is the average price of a custom box insert?

Assuming the same materials for the insert are the same as the box's material, the price of an insert is around 45-50% of the box. Please note that this is just an estimation and the price is subject to change. The final price of inserts will be determined once we've created a structural design, which is where we'll know the optimal type and amount of materials to use.

Tray and sleeve boxes

What is your minimum order quantity (MOQ) for tray and sleeve boxes?

300 units per size and/or design.

What materials do you use for foldable tray and sleeve boxes?

SBS paper or kraft paper that's 300gsm.

What standard finishes do you provide for tray and sleeve boxes?

Our standard finishes include a matte or glossy aqueous finish.

Does my tray and sleeve box need extra packaging when being shipped?

We do recommend an external carton such as mailer boxes for shipping both the foldable tray and sleeve box or rigid drawer box. You want to ensure your tray and sleeve box doesn't get crushed during transit, and for rigid drawer boxes, you want to protect the box from scratches and dents.

Will prices be different for printing on the inside of the tray?

Prices scale up depending on how many sides of the box you want printed (outside or inside). There will be a cost for printing on one side (e.g. outside of the tray and sleeve, or inside of the tray and sleeve), and the cost increases if both the outside and inside of the tray and sleeve is printed.

Can I order a printed sample of my tray and sleeve box?

Yes! We can provide a Simplified Sample which is printed but doesn't include finishes (e.g. matte/glossy) nor add-ons such as foil stamping or embossing. We'll include a dieline for you to add your artwork to once you place an order for a sample. For rigid drawer boxes, please visit the rigid box page for more information.

Can I choose to only order a sleeve?

Yes you can! For standalone sleeves, the MOQ starts at 500 units. Please submit your enquiry here.

Display boxes

What materials do you use for product display boxes?

Clay Coated News Back (CCNB) paper or kraft paper that's 300-400gsm.

What standard finishes do you provide for display boxes?

Our standard finishes include a matte or glossy aqueous finish for display boxes.

Does my display box need extra packaging when being shipped?

This is recommended as your counter display boxes aren't made with thick materials. Since these boxes are meant for display, you should protect them in an outer carton like a mailer box when being shipped.

Can you produce different styles of display boxes?

Yes, we can! Simply submit your enquiry here. Please include pictures of the style of display box you are looking for so that we have the best understanding of your requirements.

Can I order a printed sample of my display box?

Yes! We can provide a Simplified Sample which is printed but doesn't include finishes (e.g. matte/glossy) nor add-ons such as foil stamping or embossing. Note that you will first need to send us a production-ready dieline from you with your artwork on it. If you don't have one, we can provide a display box dieline as part of our structural design services.

What is your minimum order quantity (MOQ) for display boxes?

300 units per size and/or design.

Custom stickers

How thick are your stickers and labels?

Stickers and labels are 100gsm thick. If you'd like us to use a thicker material (e.g. 200gsm), let us know!

What is the maximum size for stickers?

We can support sizes up to 26cm or 10.2". If you want a larger size, get in touch with us and we'll see if it's possible!

Can I order samples of my stickers or labels?

Yes you can! We can provide Simplified Sample of your sticker. These are printed stickers, but don't include any finishes on them (e.g. matte/glossy) nor add-ons such as foil stamping or embossing.

What is your minimum order quantity (MOQ) for stickers?

500 units per size and/or design.

What standard finishes do you provide for stickers?

Our standard finishes include a matte or glossy aqueous (varnish) finish. Other finishes such as lamination or soft touch will cost more.

Custom packaging sleeves

Materials

Do you provide FSC materials?

At the moment, PackMojo does not provide FSC materials for packaging. Please note that your company needs to be FSC certified to be able to label your packaging as FSC certified. This is part of the Chain of Custody requirements as set out by FSC. Learn more here.

Is your packaging eco-friendly?

We're committed to sustainable practices and eco-friendly packaging. All of our materials are paper and cardboard based, and made from at least 50% post-consumer content. We use soy-based ink to print, and for every 200 boxes we produce, we plant 1 tree and gift it to you! Learn more about our sustainability practices here.

What is post-consumer content?

Post-consumer content or post-consumer recycled content is all the waste and materials left over once it's been used by the end consumer. These materials are taken from landfills and can be used in the production of other packaging.

What are void fillers?

A void filler is the additional material that that's used to fill the empty space inside your packaging. Void fillers help keep your product in place, prevent it from being shifted around during transit, and also protects your products from breaking.

Why is printing on kraft paper more expensive?

Due to the material nature of kraft paper, we have to use twice the amount of ink for each color and run the printing process twice to ensure the ink that's being printed is absorbed.

What is flute in packaging?

Flute, or corrugation, is used to strengthen or reinforce the cardboard that's used in your packaging. They typically look like wavy lines which when glued to a paperboard, forms the corrugated board. Fluting in packaging gives your packaging the rigidity and helps withstand any crushing.

What's the difference between bioplastic and biodegradable plastic?

Bioplastic packaging is made of plastics that are sourced from plants or other biological material and biodegradable plastic is made of petroleum-based materials.

What are the differences between coated and uncoated paper?

Coated paper is paper that is coated with an agent, typically clay and in some cases pigments, which helps the paper look brighter and smoother. Uncoated paper, on the other hand, does not contain any agent or pigments, meaning that there's nothing to fill in the gaps and pores in the paper fibers.

What's the difference between utility packaging and branded packaging?

Utility packaging serves only a single purpose and that is to ship your products. A standard brown shipping carton or an envelope would be considered utility packaging. While you can add your logo to utility packaging, the main purpose is to facilitate shipping.

Branded packaging places emphasis on the quality, look, and feel of the packaging. It is the canvas for your brand to showcase your values, mission and align your brand with your products. It can also hold information about the products, ingredients, and other information. This type of packaging is also an important marketing tool and adds value to your unboxing experience.

What's the difference between biodegradable and compostable?

Biodegradable packaging decomposes in the presence of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, and sunlight over a period of time that is not fixed. Compostable packaging decomposes under the same conditions usually within a period of 90 days.

General

Can you create a structural design and dieline for me?

Yes, we can! Simply place your order for structural design here and send your products to our office in Hong Kong. We'll create a structural design of this box and include the dieline for you to place your artwork on. A structural design will include an unprinted sample as well.

Foldable lid and base boxes

What is your minimum order quantity (MOQ) for foldable lid and base boxes?

300 units per size and/or design.

What materials do you use for foldable lid and base boxes?

SBS paper or kraft paper that's 300gsm. When the 2 piece product box is folded together, some parts will be 600gsm (300gsm back to back).

What standard finishes do you provide for foldable two piece boxes?

Our standard finishes include a matte or glossy aqueous finish.

Can I order a printed sample of my foldable lid and base box?

Yes! We can provide a Simplified Sample which is printed but doesn't include finishes (e.g. matte/glossy) nor add-ons such as foil stamping or embossing. We'll include a dieline for you to add your artwork to once you place an order for a sample. For two piece rigid boxes, please visit the rigid box page for more information.

Does my foldable two piece box need extra packaging when being shipped?

While these can be sturdy, we do recommend shipping them in an external carton such as mailer boxes to ensure your foldable two piece box doesn't get crushed during transit.