Protecting Products & The Environment Since 1991

Why Molded Fiber?

Sustainable, Environmentally Friendly Protective Packaging

Molded Fiber Packaging Solutions by UFP TechnologiesMade from 100% recycled paper, molded fiber/molded pulp is a cost effective and environmentally friendly packaging solution that reduces packing labor and require less storage space while providing superior protection at every stage of the supply chain.

The inherent flexibility of molded fiber offers substantial cushioning qualities and the "geometry" that we incorporate into each design lends strength to each part.

For over 30 years, UFP Technologies’ molded fiber group has been delivering innovative, environmentally-friendly, sustainable, protective packaging solutions for consumer goods, electronics, and industrial products to customers across North America.

Features and Benefits



Molded fiber is cost competitive Helps reduce packaging costs
Material is strong, yet flexible Provides excellent product protection
Molded fiber packaging nests and stacks easily Efficient use of shipping and storage space
Molded fiber comes ready to use with no assembly needed Reduces labor required for packaging end product
Made from recycled material and is recyclable An environmentally friendly protective package
Tools are precision machined from aluminum or plastic Better precision in manufacturing, tools last longer
UFP Technologies is vertically integrated Control over entire development process
Experienced designers Good designs can improve performance and cut costs
Most capacity in the industry Economies of scale can help reduce overall costs


Packaging Material Comparison


Molded Fiber

Corrugated Fiberboard


Polystyrene (EPS)

Cost Medium Low Medium Medium
Shipping & storage efficiency Nests well Stores flat Nests well No nesting
Project development time 4-6 weeks 2-3 weeks 4-6 weeks 4-6 weeks
Assembly & handling No assembly required Assembly required No assembly required No assembly required
Environmental Recycled and recyclable Some recycled content Some recycled content Claims to be but not practical


When Molded Fiber Is Not A Fit

There are several other criteria that would tend to challenge the use of molded fiber as a packaging medium, including:

  • If the product cannot be exposed to fiber particles
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD): Molded fiber cannot be used in an environment that is susceptible to ESD.
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