No one wants to receive a damaged product. This is why it is so important that your product is safe during transportation. Preventing product damage is crucial to maintaining a good relationship with your customers and finding the right packaging solutions for your product can help.

Void fill packaging is a great protective packaging choice for many applications. The material cushions items during shipping to protect them from breaking and shifting, and can be used both inside and outside the packaging. With its versatile applications and its durability, void fill is a great choice for many packaging needs. 

Types of Void Filler

Air Bags

Air bags are an inexpensive, easy-to-install void fill option. They are generally made of craft paper or polywoven material that is inflated with air. Air bags are used to protect products during transportation by filling empty spaces. These void fillers are great for absorbing impact and protecting products from damage. Air bags come in a variety of sizes and shapes, allowing them to fill in both small and large voids. Additionally, they require minimal labor since they only need to be inflated and put into place. They also deflate, meaning they can be stored flat to save space.

Collapsible Void Fill

Collapsible void fill is material that unfolds to expand, filling empty spaces between products, packages, and loads. Made from lightweight, durable corrugated materials, this void fill option is used to prevent shifting and movement during transit without weighing down the load. 

Void Filler Panels

From protecting furniture and windows to fitting between boxes of products to prevent shifting, this versatile corrugated packaging option has many uses. Made from corrugated materials, void filler panels cut down on load weight, saving you money on transportation costs. Some of its more broad uses include:

  • Interior packaging
  • Exterior packaging
  • Division of loads
  • Load securement
  • Filling headspace

Advantages of Void Fill Packaging

Reduces Movement

Void filler’s main goal is to keep products in place during transportation. This packaging option reduces movement both inside and outside of the product packaging, preventing both the box and the product from damage.

The Potential for Reuse

Void fill is made from durable corrugated materials, allowing for it to be reused. Reusing void fill materials save you money on packaging and load securement materials since you don’t have to buy them as often.

Ideal for Both Long and Short Transit

Void fill is both easy to use and durable. Since they are easy to install, utilizing void fillers during short transit won’t eat up loading time. However, they are also durable enough that they can withstand long transit times without failing.

Environmentally Friendly

While void fill packaging is durable, there will come a time when it needs to be tossed out. Luckily, most void fill packaging is able to be recycled because it is made from corrugated material. Being both reusable and recyclable makes it an environmentally friendly packaging option.

At Sunrise Manufacturing, we strive to make environmentally-conscious decisions whenever we can. All of our products are 100% recyclable, lightweight, and durable. Our corrugated products are sustainably sourced and we only buy from suppliers that meet globally recognized standards, like those set by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

Choosing the Right Void Filler

There are a few things to consider when deciding on the right void filler for your needs. If you want help deciding, our load securement specialists at Sunrise Manufacturing can help you answer these questions.

Product Size and Fragility

What is the size of your product? What is its weight? How fragile is it? Is it temperature sensitive? Each of these questions needs to be asked when packaging your product. There will be different void fill options suited for your use depending on the answers to these questions. Luckily, Sunrise Manufacturing has all the void fill packaging options you could need.

Shipping Distance and Modality

Both shipping modality and travel distance are important in determining the best packaging products for you. Are you shipping over the road, intermodal, boxcar, or ocean? Does your shipment need to follow DOT or AAR guidelines, or both? Work with our team at Sunrise Manufacturing to determine which product, or combination of products, is best for your specific needs.


Sustainability practices are becoming more important to consumers and eco-friendly packaging options have become increasingly popular. It is important to consider making your shipping protection plan eco-friendly. Recyclable materials, like void fill, will give your customers peace of mind when ordering from you. Learn more about our commitment to the environment and Sunrise Manufacturing’s sustainability efforts.

Sunrise Manufacturing’s Team of Experts Can Help You with Your Void Fill Needs

For over 40 years, Sunrise Manufacturing has been trusted to provide void fill to a variety of industries. We have a wide range of products that we can customize for your specific needs. Our team is happy to work with you to find the best durable, cost-effective, and sustainable solution.

Contact us today to get started on your custom load securement plan.