Choosing the right packaging tape for your needs

Whether you need a tape that works in a cool room, or you have issue with pilfering, choosing the right packaging tape can make all the difference.

When it comes to just sealing closed boxes, it's hard to understand why there are so many types of packaging tapes, and which one will suit you - which one is the best? So we've made a simple to understand list of types of choose from and consider - all of which are sold by Get Packed.

Custom Printed Tape - get your message out there

Printed tape is most commonly done on PVC or polypropylene - which are 'everyday' types of tape for general usage, but can also be done on filament or even paper tape.
Why print on tape? Printed tape is an easy way of getting your message across just by taping your cartons, whether it be brand/logo reinforcement, an environmentally friendly message - or other type of message. We can arrange printing of up to 3 colours.
At Get Packed see:

  • Printed Tape | Custom Printed Packing Tape | Message Tape

Water Activated Paper Tape -
best adhesion , environmentally friendly and pilfer proof/tamper evident

There are 2 reasons you would consider water activated tape. You want a complete pilfer proof seal on your box (great for tamper sealing and evidence) and/or you're looking for an environmentally friendly option.
The starch based adhesive on the paper tape (once wet) will adhere to the fibres of the box, making it impossible to lift off without tearing - making it completely pilfer proof. 
At Get Packed see:

  • Water Activated Tae - Gummed Paper Tape - Kraft Paper Tape

Kraft Paper Tape
environmentally friendly

This is an alternative environmentally friendly option - that can also be custom printed - as it is a paper tape with the adhesive being made from a synthetic rubber adhesive, and no need to wet it. Whilst it doesn't have the same adhesion as the water activated tape, it is still good enough to use on recycled board. Available in hand rolls and machine rolls even comes reinforced with fibreglass filaments for additional strength.
At Get Packed see:

  • Kraft Packaging Tape Ubis 4800 | Kraft Paper Packaging Adhesive Tape

Natural Rubber Adhesive Packaging Tapes
- strong enough to be used in cool room situations.

Tapes with a natural rubber adhesive are all rounders when it comes to packaging as they provide a strong and aggressive tack - even in cool room situations, You can identify natural rubber adhesive tapes as they tend to yellow or go darker in colour over time. They are available as a low noise tape, a compostable tape (uses a PLA bio based film) as well as a premium tape. All available as machine tapes too.
At Get Packed see:

  • Low Noise Packaging Tape 2-48LN-C | Quiet Tape 
  • Monta Biopack 860 Compostable Packaging Tape - 2-50MC-C
  • Packaging Tape PP30 Vibac - Premium Grade Rubber Adhesive Tape (Clear, Brown & White)

Hot Melt Synthetic Rubber Adhesive Packaging Tapes 
- Economical

Not as aggressive a tack as the natural rubber adhesive tape and best used on a virgin board, but a great all rounder for lighter to medium weight applications.
At Get Packed see:

  • Packaging Tape PP105 Vibac Hot Melt Adhesive Tape - available in both machine and hand rolls

Water Based Acrylic Tape
- designed for cold temperatures

These tapes can be used in ambient temperatures (for lighter cartons), but work best in cool room/freezer situations. They are traditionally white or clear in colour.
At Get Packed see:

  • Packaging Tape PP100 Vibac Economy Grade Packaging Tape - available in both machine and hand rolls


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