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What did we do before the cardboard box?

What did we do before the cardboard box?

Nowadays we all take the trusty cardboard box for granted but what did we do before it was invented? Well mostly we relied on wooden crates or barrels to be made to transport goods using the old fashioned methods of coopering. Can you imagine all the energy you’d need to put into transporting just a few items, as well as the damage that would occur when putting a wooden pallet on a horse! 

Well now things are very different. After the first commercial paperboard box was produced right here in England in 1817 we have never looked back. In fact it has been the British that have spear-headed the production of cardboard packaging ever since. In 1856 corrugated cardboard was patented right here in England, and in 1890 it was the Scottish Born Robert Gair who accidently invented the first flat-pack paperboard box.


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Boxtopia is proud to be part of this great tradition and as such makes all of its standard boxes in-house using flat-pack corrugated cardboard, which can then be made-up into boxes of any dimension, size and shape.

We are always striving to come up with better and more cost effective ways to transport and package your goods and if there is anything you would like to know or enquire about then please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01476 576090.

Until next time

Boxtopia Team x

Oktoberfest is here – Get your cardboard boxes in order

Oktoberfest is here – Get your cardboard boxes in order

As October begins many of us will be spending time celebrating the German festival of Oktoberfest. Whilst it originally started in Munich, more and more towns and cities are now beginning to join in and celebrate. And it’s not just German beer! But local wines, gins and fruit juices too


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October is a perfect time for this type of festival, as it marks the end of harvest as well as, the gathering of berries and fruit used for making speciality drinks like Elderberry cordial, sloe gin and fruit beer.


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Bespoke boxes are essential for commerce

Bespoke boxes are essential for commerce over the winter period

As the nights draw in and we begin to realise just how close Christmas is; it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for the most hectic time of the year.

Here at Boxtopia Christmas is our busiest time, as companies look for solutions to their packaging needs. If you are one of those companies, then we can offer you a range of ways to ship your goods both cost effectively and efficiently.

If it’s heavy goods such as surfboards or even computers then our double-walled bespoke boxes with your printed logo on, could be an excellent choice?

If it’s handmade candles or even Christmas puddings, then why not choose a single-walled royal blue box? The options are endless and what’s more you are in complete control of your order!



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British food week – bespoke boxes and you!

British food week – bespoke boxes and you!

Next week commencing the 14th not only marks Jewish New Year but the start of a week dedicated to the celebration of British cuisine. The UK has been much maligned over the years for its fayre, with France and Italy looking down upon British produce. The 21st Century however, has marked a drastic change in the way we perceive food, and people are now becoming aware of  how great British food actually is.

Boxtopia has a firm foundation in the British food trade, and prides itself in providing bespoke box solutions for local delicacies such as Grantham Gingerbread and the 8-Sail Brewery at Heckington (to name but a few...)




We want to be part of the food revolution and that means working alongside food manufacturers and artisans to spread the word.


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What do you get for a new baby in Finland? A box!

Since 1938 the expectant mothers of Finland have been presented with a cardboard box. It’s a tradition which started in a time of high infant mortality and inequality. They were presented to represent that whoever you were, you were entitled to the same start in life, with a cardboard box as your first crib.

In short it represented equality and even today these cardboard boxes are available to all pregnant women as a gift from the Finnish government. They are not just used as baby’s first crib, but also contain other items such as duvets, blankets, socks, mittens, nail scissors, hairbrushes, a toothbrush, bath thermometer, nappy cream, and washcloth.

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The box itself contains a small mattress and blanket for the baby to sleep with, and although most women in 2015 now opt for a proper luxury crib, the box has become a symbol for baby’s rite of passage with many mothers still using it for baby’s first night, uniting generations of women.


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