What is Chipboard?
May | 2022

Whether you’re looking for pallet sheets or edge protectors, chipboard products are a sustainable solution. Learn more about how chipboard can benefit your packaging and shipping process. 

What is Chipboard?Different colors of Badger Paperboard chipboard fanned out.

Chipboard is a packaging product made from wood pulp. It’s thicker and sturdier than a sheet of paper, but it doesn’t have the corrugated channels inside that most cardboard does — meaning it’s more cost-efficient and space-saving. 

Chipboard comes in a variety of thicknesses, which can vary depending on your needs. It can range from a thin sheet (think a pallet sheet) to thicker applications that can be used for furniture and countertops.

Chipboard Uses

In the packaging world, chipboard can be formed into a variety of end-uses, including: 

  • Pallet sheets and push-pull sheets
  • Pallet pads
  • Edge protectors
  • Strap protectors 
  • Cartons 
  • Plus many more unexpected uses. 

Chipboard comes in a variety of substrates, from plain to clay-coated to specialty. It’s also easy to print on for optimal brand awareness. 

Chipboard Benefits 

Why use chipboard instead of another packaging material? There are plenty of reasons. 

First, chipboard is a sustainable product. There’s little waste because it comes from a renewable resource (trees) and can be recycled again after use. Compare that to plastic or foam, which can require virgin feedstock material and sometimes can’t be recycled.

Chipboard is also economical. It’s potentially up to half of the cost of a similar plastic solution. And it’s thinner and lightweight, so you can pay less in freight costs and take up less space for packaging material in your warehouse.

Finally — and perhaps most important — it performs when you need it. It can do just about everything that plastic can, and then some. Chipboard can be cut to spec, handle heavy loads, and is puncture-resistant – so you can rest assured that your product is being protected. 

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What is Paper Converting? 

A term that goes hand-in-hand with chipboard is paper converting, which is the process of turning raw material (wood pulp) into a final end-use. There are a few stages to the process, from harvesting the raw material to extracting fibers to pressing the pulp into large rolls. 

Typically, paper converting companies take the original rolls of product from mills and cut them down into custom solutions for their customers. At Badger, we die-cut everything in-house so we can custom cut the right sheets, pads or guards for any application.

Learn More about Chipboard Products 

Could a chipboard product be right for you? We’re happy to discuss your specific needs and make sure you’re finding the right solution. 

Maybe you have a new product that requires a custom solution (like something heavy or prone to damage during shipping). Or maybe you just want to explore a more sustainable, economic solution compared to plastic. Either way, we can help! 

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