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  • The Future of Air Pillows

    Over the last several years the world of Ecommerce has exploded, making ways for companies both big and small to enter the marketplace to sell their goods and services globally. As a result, millions of packages are being sent by mail each day. A substantial portion of those packages containing hard to recycle plastics and other materials end up in landfills and leave many businesses and consumers with a fear that the newfound convenience of Ecommerce will cause irreparable harm to our planet. Luckily, the industry has already begun taking steps towards more sustainable packaging solutions with a 44% Sustainable Products Spend Increase (totaling $290 billion) in 2021 alone. By 2028, the forecasted spending will be $441 billion! 

    Besides the obvious positives to the environment, why should you invest in more sustainable packaging options and research? The answer: its what consumers want! According to Boston Consulting Group, an international strategy and general management consulting firm whose mission is to help leading corporations create and sustain competitive advantage, 75% of consumers consider sustainability a key factor in their purchasing decisions. In fact, a lot of data over the last couple of years supports that consumers are motivated by sustainability: 


    • 37% increase of all web searches related to sustainability (Lyst, 2020)
    • 85% support sustainability initiatives since the pandemic started (Chua, 2020)
    • 46% of U.S. shoppers consider eco-friendly packaging before making a purchase (Nishimura, 2020)

    So, Its Protect The Product -OR- Protect The Planet? Not Quite!

    This raises an interesting dilemma for businesses who rely on void fill packing methods to ensure their goods reach their destinations in one piece. The most predominant of which being Poly Air Pillows and Paper FillPak. Poly Air Pillows offer excellent payload protection and fill but are difficult for consumers to recycle, leading to excess plastic build-up in landfills. Paper FillPak offers less fill and protection than their air pillow counterpart, but are extremely easy for the consumer to recycle due to the product being fully curbside recyclable. So how do you choose? Luckily, you don’t have to!

    PaperWave is the only sustainable FSC certified and recyclable air cushioning pillow made from 100% recycled paper. Offering the advantages of both predominantly used fill pack methods.

    Features, Advantages & Benefits:


    • Protection: Air pillow design that prevents internal product movement & impact for greater transport protection
    • Sustainable: 100% recycled, 100% curbside recyclable, 80% regrowing resources
    • Versatile: Two primary sizes (4x 8 & 8x8) that can have varied fill levels
    • Space Saving: Small equipment footprint & compact case size require minimal space
    • Efficiency: Capable of producing 26' to 66' per minute & can be positioned right on the packaging line for a fast packing process

    The AirWave2 is an air cushion machine that creates an on-demand inflatable void fill and cushioning solution for packaging operations of all sizes. It also works together with the PaperWave air cushioning pillow.

    Features, Advantages & Benefits:


    • Speed: Run speeds range from 26' to 66' per minute
    • Versatility: Produces inflated cushions & bubbles of varying lengths, fill levels & film types
    • Reliable: Minimal wear parts, less than 4 hours of maintenance per year
    • Functionality: Lightweight (12.3 lbs.) & uses a small footprint that can be positioned directly onto the packaging line


    AirWave2 also has customization options to better meet the unique needs of your business. Some of the customization options include:

    Overhead Bin w/ Vertical Lift

    Filling Station

    Mobile Accumulation Cart

    Whether you want to learn more about PaperWave, AirWave2 and its customization options or about how we can partner with you to design the ideal solution for your business’ unique packaging needs.