Folding boxes are storage or shipping containers that can be folded into
a box shape from one or more specially-designed flat sheets. They can
be made of both paper-based products as well as other materials like
plastic. They are valued because they do not require the use of
adhesives, fasteners or tape.
The need for storage and shipping containers is universal across industry, commerce and consumer products contexts. Every company that makes or sells things needs a way to get their products to their customers. Cardboard boxes are among the most popular tools used for this purpose. They are used for the storage of ingredients in industrial processes as well as to ship the products of those processes. They are used to store breakfast cereal, electronics, facial tissues, staples, agricultural products like eggs and a wide range of other kinds of products. Because cardboard boxes are used for so many different purposes, many different cardboard box varieties are necessary to accommodate them. Folding cardboard boxes are popular for the storage of medium-weight objects. Folding boxes are usually sold unassembled; they are assembled by their users once they arrive at their place of application.
Folding boxes may be constructed from a variety of materials, but they are most commonly cardboard or corrugated boxes
. Folding boxes are perforated, cut or pleated by machines such as die-cutters, which makes the eventual folding of the box easier for their users. Folding boxes have ends that overlap each other, thus sealing the box. The box can be folded, taken apart and refolded numerous times. Boxes are available in hundreds of sizes and shapes. Folding boxes, especially those made from cardboard or corrugated paperboard are popular because they offer versatility, lower weight and take up less storage space because they can be flattened. Also, they require no taping or fastening, which adds to their convenience and makes them less resource-intensive. Paper-pulp based folding boxes can be recycled and are often composed primarily of recycled materials. Companies that are concerned with their sustainability and environmental impact often choose folding boxes because of their recyclability; this makes folding boxes a very in-demand cardboard box variety.