Pizza Boxes: Why corrugated?

January 28, 2022

Have you ever stopped to wonder why pizza boxes are most often made from corrugated cardboard? There are many good reasons!

General Benefits

Corrugated cardboard is a material that is inexpensive, yet effective. Its structure is sturdy, but because it is made from kraft paper, it’s also lightweight. Additionally, because of the fluted design, corrugated board has built in cushioning and insulating properties. These elements are all ideal for packaging of all kinds, pizza included.

To make it even better, cardboard is very easily recyclable. It is recycled more than any other packaging material in the U.S. and on average, a corrugated box contains roughly 50% recycled fiber. This makes it an incredibly sustainable and environmentally friendly option.

Benefits for Pizza Delivery

As mentioned before, the fluted structure of cardboard gives pizza boxes a solid structure and cushioning effect. This is very important when transporting a pizza. The last thing you want is for the box to fall apart while in transit. Corrugate structure also provides some insulation, keeping the pizza warmer for longer.

Corrugated board also makes for a great surface to print on—it is easy to get clean crisp graphics. Don’t underestimate the power of having a good print design! It can help your company stand out and draw more customers in.

Types of Pizza Boxes

With different styles of pizza, different box types have developed. The two primary styles are the “New York” style and the “Chicago” style. The key difference is how they close. New York style boxes’ top panel opens up to give access to the pizza. Chicago boxes have a side flap that unlocks, allowing you to slide the pizza out. Choose whichever works best for you.

Looking to purchase corrugated pizza boxes? Check out our selection. We have white boxes, kraft boxes, boxes with windows, boxes with stock graphics. You can also contact us to have your custom graphic printed.