Posted on November 4, 2008 by Dennis Salazar

All about Industrial Tissue, Recycled Kraft, Bogus, and Indented Bogus Papers

Salazar Packaging carries four varieties of packaging papers, all of which are very sustainable. If you are looking for eco friendly packaging, which paper is right for you?

Industrial tissue paper is lightweight and relatively scratch resistant. It’s an excellent choice for wrapping fragile or semi-fragile products such as coffee mugs, collectibles, or glassware. Tissue is also excellent for interleaving lightweight items that are susceptible to scratching, such as certain plastics and glass.

Recycled kraft paper is extremely versatile. Heavier and stronger than tissue paper, it can be used to wrap heavy objects such as hardcover books. Kraft paper can also work well as an interleaver or as void fill, though it would not be our first choice for the latter application. But, if you need a little bit of everything – void fill, wrapping, interleaving – kraft paper is a one-fits-all choice.

Bogus paper is made from all sorts of recycled paper materials – kraft paper, corrugated board, chipboard, newsprint … pretty much anything they can throw into the mix. As a result, bogus is not as strong as recycled kraft, but much softer and less dense. Bogus is an excellent void fill material, filling more void per pound than most other papers. It’s also fine as an interleaver if abrasion is not an issue. Because bogus tears easily, it is not recommended for wrapping. On the other hand, bogus and indented bogus are highly absorbent, making them a good void fill or box liner when shipping liquids.

Indented bogus paper is bogus paper with a waffle texture, similar to what you find on a roll of paper kitchen towels. The waffling renders indented bogus stronger than plain bogus, making it a good choice for medium duty wrapping and interleaving. Waffling also enhances the appearance of the paper, which perhaps makes the package more attractive to final customer. One note about bogus – because of how the paper is manufactured, bogus papers sometimes contain dust on the roll edges, whereas tissue paper and kraft paper are normally very clean. Sometimes, dusting can be a problem – for instance in the packaging of food products or computer hardware.