What Are "Cartons?"

What Are “Cartons?”

Our Packaging Guide Explained

‘Cartons’. It’s a big part of the industry, but what does it mean?

Carton – definition from Wikipedia:

A carton is a box or container usually made of paperboard and sometimes of corrugated fiberboard. Many types of cartons are used in packaging. Sometimes a carton is also called a box.

So a Carton is a box made mostly of Card or Corrugated Cardboard that is produced to fold flat making it space saving and recyclable. Great for an industry with a constant requirement to ship goods!


Types of Cartons

Not only practical, Cartons can also make products more attractive! With ample styles and cuts there is a box for every Project. Here are some styles of Cartons.


Plain flaps as the name suggests – have no closing mechanism and need to be kept shut using tape, both top and bottom.

Tuck-in ends are two plain flaps followed by a larger flap which tucks over and in, often with locking slots. Could be top, or top and bottom closure. Can be taped shut for extra security.

Tuck-in ends with locking tab. As above but with a locking tab. Locking tabs are normally on the top opening along with an envelope closure on the bottom.

Tongue & lock ends are two small plain flaps, then one larger flap with slots in and the other larger flap with “tongues” that fit into the slots. Top and bottom closure. Can be taped shut for extra security.

Envelope closure – mainly used as a closure for the bottom of a carton.



Of course, being a Promotional Merchandise Company we can add some branding to these boxes.  Methods such as foil blocking or printing your logo will be sure to add that something extra to help impress your recipients and get your brand noticed.

If you feel inspired by this boxy blog, then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our sales team who can assist you with your packaging needs!

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