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Should I Use Bubble Wrap or Foam?

Should I Use Bubble Wrap or Packing Foam? Grand Rapids, MI

Bubble and foam are commonly used to make sure items remain intact during shipping. However, do you know what packaging supplies are best for your business and the types of items you ship? Continue reading to learn whether you should use bubble, foam, or both to help items of all shapes and sizes arrive at their destinations unscathed.

Bubble Vs. Foam Packaging

What is bubble packaging?

Bubble is essentially a sheet of trapped air used to cushion items during shipping. While bubble is fun to pop, it's also perfect for shipping items long distances. Aren't sure where to buy bubble? Check out our inventory to get the right size bubble wrap roll or converted bags, sheets, tubes or sleeves for your company.

Can bubble wrap protect heavy items?

It's a misconception that bubble wrap can't protect heavy items. If you have something heavy you need to ship (like a machine part) call us to determine what bubble sizes you'll need. While small bubbles are great for preventing scratches and scrapes, you'll want a much larger bubble size to prevent impact damage. We offer bubble sizes up to 1/2” so you can protect fragile items for shipping, as well as your reputation.

Many of our customers use more than one bubble size to keep items safe during shipping. For example, you may want to use 1/8” bubble to prevent a TV screen from getting scratched and use a large bubble size over top to protect against impact damage if the box is dropped or jostled.

Is bubble durable?

When used properly, polyethylene bubble wrap is durable enough to last a cross country trip. This means that if you need to ship something from California to New York, you'll want to look at our bubble wrap for sale. The air bubbles keep items suspended during shipping so they arrive at their destinations intact. You'll know you've used enough bubble wrap if you can gently shake the box and not hear anything rattling inside.

What is foam packaging?

Like bubble, foam comes in many forms. The types of packaging foam you'll end up using will depend on the items you ship. For example, if you ship mostly electronics, we highly recommend pink anti-stat foam. Like the name suggests, anti-stat foam is designed to slowly and safely dissipate the electrostatic charge that can build up within a shipment of electronics.

What are the benefits of foam packaging?

Since foam products are thinner than bubble wrap, you'll be able to fit more items per box. Foam is ideally used in a variety of industries, including medical, automotive, and technical. We can help you find the perfect custom foam product for your application.

Our team is dedicated to helping you find the right packaging products for your business. To get a quote for bubble or foam products (or if you are unsure of what kind of protection you need), call Premier Protective Packaging at (616) 791-7400.

What Can We do For You?

We supply our customers with high quality protective packaging products, on time delivery and total customer satisfaction. View our product brochure for more info.