At one point in your life, you may have seen a cardboard box such as those used as moving boxes in Brisbane or for storing household items. A packaging firm, Pack Size, said that the very first cardboard box which is quite similar to what we are using today was developed in the 15th century by the Chinese. It was created using papyrus which resulted to a lightweight and durable box used for storing things inside the house.
The papyrus box was used until the 19th century. By then, an English industrialist called Sir Malcolm Thornhill developed his own single sheet box made of cardboard, a thick and durable paper but heavier. Commercial production of this type of cardboard began in 1817.
Despite being released in the market, the cardboard boxes did not achieve popularity until Kellogg came along. In the 1850s, the cereal manufacturing company used cardboard boxes for the packaging of their products. Ten years before that, the boxes were used to store eggs and moths coming from Japan going to Europe.
Up until that time, the paper material used in creating the cardboard boxes has a smooth texture. Edward Allen together with Edward Healey in 1856 developed corrugated paper which they used as line for the products they are selling which are the tall hats.
Starting in 1871, corrugated boards were used in making cardboard boxes. Albert Jones who is an American businessman was the one who applied for a pattern of the corrugated cardboard box. He uses the box to secure glass lamps and bottles.
Up until that point, it was not literally a box but a board because it only has one side. Oliver Long, an American inventor, created a box using only liner sheets on the remaining two sides after three years. This is the form of the box we know of and use today.
The foldable cardboard boxes, on the other hand, were discovered by accident in 1879 by Robert Gair, a Scottish owner of a paper bag factory located in New York. Nowadays, cardboard boxes are used in various applications such as moving boxes in Brisbane and the most innovative is that it was used to create a house.