Custom Molded Pulp – Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly are Molded Pulp parts made from?

  • 100% Recycled – Made from used corrugated and newsprint
  • Biodegradable – The US Environmental Protection Agency defines Biodegradable as any substance that has the ability to be broken down physically and/or chemically by microorganisms
  • Our parts are produced by creating a slurry made from mixing used corrugated and newsprint with water. The slurry is then pulled through a tool that molds the part, then dried

 

What type of Molded Pulp is this?

  • Our products are referred to as Thick-wall and range in thickness from 3/16” to 3/8″
  • Parts are produced using a single tool, leaving the front side of the part reasonably smooth and rough on the backside

 

What are target applications for Molded Pulp?

  • Annual volumes of around 20,000 pieces or more
  • Weights ranging from just a few pounds to over 50 lbs.
  • Excellent shock absorption and compression strength
  • Void fill, Blocking and Bracing
  • Not ideal for light-weight and/or highly fragile items

 

What types of packaging materials does Molded Pulp typically replace?

  • Foams including expanded polystyrene, aka eps or styrofoam, foam in a bag and foam in place
    • These foams
      • Cannot be easily recycled
      • Are not seen as environmentally responsible
      • Require more space because the parts do not nest
  • Corrugated die-cuts
    • Highly labor-intensive
    • Not molded to fit contours of the item
    • Can require multiple parts
  • Honeycomb
    • Parts do not nest and require more space
    • Not molded to fit contours of the item

 

How can I get an idea of what Molded Pulp parts will cost?

  • A price estimate can be provided in just a few days once we receive your product and/or a dimensioned drawing and annual volumes

 

What is the timeline for creating my new Molded Pulp parts?

  • Assuming the above ballpark pricing meets your requirements, we will require a sample of the part to design the tooling and provide a formal quote
    • Samples
      • Once you have approved the design and pricing, we will require a Purchase Order for the production of samples to begin
        • Prototyping of samples can typically cost between $1,700 – $2,000
        • A limited number of sample parts will be provided at no charge approximately 6-7 weeks from the date we receive the above PO
    • Production
      • Production can be initiated once we receive approval of samples and a Purchase Order for production of parts to begin
        • Full production of parts require initial fixtures and set up. These costs typically range between $3,800 to $5,500
        • Approximately 6-8 weeks from the date we receive the above PO

 

How can Molded Pulp parts be disposed of?

  • Since they’re produced from 100% paper products, parts can easily be re-entered into any paper or corrugated waste stream.

 

To which product applications does Molded Pulp apply?

  • Many E-Commerce items
  • Containers
    • Bottles, Jars, and Cans
  • Automotive parts and accessories
  • Exercise equipment
  • Outdoor equipment
  • Small engines
  • Power tools
  • Industrial B2B products
  • and more!

 

What are the advantages of using Molded Pulp in your packaging?

  • It’s biodegradable
  • Easily recyclable
    • Same as any paper-based product
  • Nest-able
    • Requiring less space
  • Customizable
    • Provides optimum product protection
  • Transit Testing

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