Meet the REFT Box: Making Smart Sustainable Choices for Your Packaging

Posted on August 23, 2023 by Jason Adolf

Throughout Earth Month, we took a moment to reflect on Fantastapack's impact on the environment and identified ways to make positive changes. We shared some steps we've already taken to be more environmentally conscious, like cutting down on waste and using sustainable materials in our products. This is all part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Our commitment to sustainability doesn’t stop there! Going forward, we will take what we learned during Earth Month and help you make packaging choices with sustainability in mind. Fantastapack produces all orders in-house, ensuring the highest levels of efficiency and sustainability.


Here’s a look at ways in which your company can make smart sustainable choices with your custom packaging, with a spotlight on the roll end front tuck box style.


REFT Box Styles Are Eco Friendly

We understand the importance of affordability and sustainability when it comes to packaging. Fantastapack offers a few variations of the classic Roll End Front Tuck box style that protect your products during shipping and handling. This box style requires less material which makes this a great cost-effective and environmentally friendly option. Let’s look at the variations of this style:


Roll End Front Tuck (REFT)

The Roll End Front Tuck – commonly abbreviated as REFT – is a classic box style. The design is simple yet secure, with a front panel that rolls over and tucks into the back panel. From a design perspective, the REFT provides a professional appearance, enhancing the presentation of the product. This makes it the perfect choice for retail shelves, e-commerce, and marketing campaigns where visual appeal plays an important role.


The REFT is adaptable to various industries and product types. Its customizable dimensions and printing options allow businesses to tailor the packaging to their specific needs, whether it is for electronics, cosmetics, food items, or other consumer goods. This versatility makes the REFT box style an ideal choice for a wide range of products.


The Roll End Front Tuck’s combination of easy assembly, secure closure, branding space, and adaptability makes it an ideal packaging choice. Its practicality provides businesses with a reliable packaging solution while also having aesthetic appeal.


Roll End Front Tuck w/ Dust Flaps (REFT w/ DF)

What if you wanted a little more protection for your product? The REFT w/ Dust Flaps may be just what you need. This style has the same design as the standard REFT but with two extra dust flaps at the top and bottom. The inclusion of dust flaps serves as an essential feature that enhances protection and functionality, making it a valuable choice for packaging various products. This design element serves several important purposes:


  1. Enhanced Protection: Dust flaps provide an extra barrier against dust, dirt, moisture, and other environmental elements. When the box is closed, these flaps fold over the open ends, helping to seal the box and shield the contents from potential damage during storage, handling, and transit.
  2. Secure Closure: The dust flaps contribute to a secure closure mechanism. When combined with the front tuck closure, they create a tight seal that prevents the box from accidentally opening.
  3. Improved Structural Integrity: Dust flaps add structural reinforcement to the box, making it more resistant to external pressures and impacts.
  4. Clean Presentation: Dust flaps help maintain a clean and neat appearance of the box. They cover the open ends, concealing any exposed flaps or cut edges. This contributes to a professional and aesthetically pleasing presentation.


To summarize, the inclusion of dust flaps in the Roll End Front Tuck (REFT) box style serves as an essential design feature that enhances protection and functionality, making it an ideal choice for packaging products.


Econo Roll End Front Tuck (Econo REFT)

Lastly, we offer an Econo Roll End Front Tuck – a cost effective variation of the standard REFT. This box style combines simplicity with functionality, making it an ideal choice for businesses seeking reliable packaging without compromising on quality. This option would be the ideal solution if the box needed for your project has similar depth and width dimensions. Key features of this box style:


  1. Efficiency: The Econo REFT is designed for efficient assembly and closure, streamlining the packaging process. The straightforward assembly allows for quick and easy setup.
  2. Protection: While focusing on affordability, the Econo REFT still offers fundamental protection for packaged items. The front tuck closure and sturdy construction help safeguard products from dust, dirt, and minor impacts during storage and transportation.
  3. Simplicity: The box design is minimalistic yet effective. It incorporates the essential elements needed for reliable packaging, making it suitable for a variety of industries and products.
  4. Affordability: The Econo REFT is designed with cost effectiveness in mind. It provides a balance between quality and affordability, making it a budget-friendly option for businesses looking to manage packaging expenses.


The Econo Roll End Front Tuck box style offers budget-friendly packaging while maintaining a level of durability and presentation suitable for a wide range of products. It uses less material with a simple, strong structure – making it an ideal choice for packaging.


The Bottom Line

In today’s market, it is essential to consider the cost and environmental impact of packaging. The REFT, REFT w/ DF, and Econo REFT not only provide a stylish look, they also offer superior protection for products during shipping. Additionally, these boxes are eco-friendly, making them an ideal solution for businesses seeking sustainable packaging. here’s five points to remember regarding the eco-friendliness of the REFT styles:

  1. Minimal Material Waste: REFT boxes are crafted from a single piece of flat corrugated material. The design eliminates the need for excess materials, reducing overall waste during production.
  2. Recyclability: The corrugated materials used in the REFT styles are highly recyclable. After use, the boxes can be easily recycled, reducing landfill waste and resource conservation.
  3. Biodegradability: The natural composition of corrugated materials enables them to break down over time, minimizing long-term environmental impact.
  4. Lightweight Design: REFT boxes are lightweight due to their minimalist design. This attribute can contribute to lower transportation-related emissions and reduced fuel consumption during shipping.
  5. Versatility: The REFT style makes it suitable for a wide range of products. This helps reduce the need for specialized packaging solutions, contributing to resource savings.

Learn more about Fantastapack’s commitment to sustainability.

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