Corrugated plastic boxes are often used when cardboard boxes are unable to be implemented due to storage that cannot be met by cardboard containers. Heavy objects, some food and medical products are some examples of items that are in need of a durable box such as plastic. Recycling bins are often exposed to spilled liquids and sticky substances and can be cleaned unlike bins made of cardboard-which would degrade or deteriorate after the exposure of cleaning supplies. Plastic is preferred when exposure to liquids, impact, or heavy materials is likely. These are often used in waste management, food transportation, medical packaging, and many more industries. Choosing a paper or plastic container should be based on the purpose and demands of your application.
Corrugated plastic boxes are made from a wide range of extruded, twin wall plastic sheet products. The plastics that are normally used include high-impact polypropylene resin, polyethylene, vinyl and many other plastic varieties. Similar to corrugated paperboard, they are made with two sheets of plastic surrounding an inner fluted sheet. This fluted process creates air pillows to provide durability and impact-resistance. Corrugated boxes are often made in many sizes and shapes, and offer countless advantages over the basic cardboard box. Since plastic is moisture and mold resistant, it is stronger and more useful to resist some chemicals used in different industries. More benefits of plastic boxes include the ability to be stacked, locked, and folded flat for storage purposes. Although they are not as easily recycled compared to cardboard or paper, they are still capable of being recycled.
The disadvantages of plastic boxes include pricing and bulk. The up-front cost and replacement costs for plastic boxes is much higher than cardboard or paperboard boxes, which is why it is important to determine the application before purchase. They are also much heavier than cardboard containers of similar sizes.