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Macfarlane Packaging’s range of postal tubes presents the ideal solution for secure and efficient shipping or document storage. Crafted with quality in mind, these cardboard postal tubes are perfect for safely transporting and archiving posters, plans, prints, and more.

With over 15 sizes available, you can find the perfect fit for your shipping and storage needs. Each postal tube is thoughtfully supplied with end caps, ensuring your valuable contents stay protected.

Not only are these postal tubes designed for convenience, but they also align with eco-conscious values. They’re made from 100% recycled content and are fully recyclable, supporting sustainable packaging practices.

At Macfarlane Packaging, we understand the importance of both safeguarding your items and caring for the environment. That’s why our Postal Tubes combine functionality, security, and eco-friendliness in one reliable package.

Quick facts about our postal tubes

  • Choose from over 15 sizes.
  • Perfect for shipping posters, plans and prints.
  • Supplied with end caps to secure contents.
  • The cardboard tubes can be recycled and contain 100% recycled content.

Our range of Postal Tubes

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Environmental Impact Rating – Postal Tubes

Our Environmental Impact Rating (EIR) shows an OPRL recycling label, the recycling category of the packaging material and the recycled content contained in the material. Here is the EIR for our range of Postal Tubes.




21 PAP

Recycled Content

100 recycled

Postal Tubes FAQs

What is a postal tube?

A postal tube, also known as a mailing tube or shipping tube, is a cylindrical container typically made of cardboard or other durable materials. These tubes are designed to protect and transport items that are sensitive to bending or folding, such as posters, artwork, blueprints, documents, or rolled-up textiles.

Postal tubes come in various sizes and lengths to accommodate different types of items. They usually have end caps that secure the contents and protect them from damage during transit. These tubes are a popular choice for shipping or mailing items that need to maintain their shape and condition, ensuring they arrive at their destination in excellent condition.

Postal tubes are commonly used by businesses, artists, architects, and anyone who needs to ship or transport delicate, elongated items. They provide a safe and secure way to send these items without the risk of creasing, bending, or other forms of damage.

What size postal tube do I need?

To determine the size of postal tube you need, you should consider the dimensions of the item you want to ship or transport. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you choose the right size.

Measure Your Item:

  • Measure the length of the item you want to put in the tube. This is the most critical measurement.
  • Measure the diameter or width of the item if it’s wider than a standard postal tube.

Add Extra Space:

  • Add a few inches (or centimetres) to the length measurement to accommodate the end caps and provide some buffer space.

Find a Tube Size:

  • Look for postal tubes that have a length slightly longer than your item’s length and a diameter or width that can accommodate your item’s width if necessary.

Consider Standard Sizes:

  • Many postal tubes come in standard sizes like A0, A1, A2, etcetera, which correspond to paper sizes. You can choose a standard size that closely matches your item’s dimensions.

Custom Tubes:

  • If your item doesn’t fit into standard sizes, you can consider ordering custom-made postal tubes with precise dimensions to match your needs.

Remember that it’s better to choose a slightly larger postal tube than one that’s too small to ensure your item fits comfortably and is adequately protected during transit. Additionally, consider the fragility of the item and whether it needs extra padding or protection within the tube.

Are tubes cheaper to ship than boxes?

The cost of shipping tubes versus boxes depends on several factors, including the size and weight of the package, the shipping method, and the shipping provider you use. Here are some considerations:

  • Size and Weight: Tubes are generally lighter than boxes of the same length, so if you’re shipping lightweight, long items like posters or documents, tubes can be cost-effective.
  • Shipping Method: The shipping method you choose can impact costs. For example, some carriers offer specific rates for tube-shaped packages, while others may treat them similarly to boxes.
  • Shipping Provider: Different shipping providers have varying rates and policies regarding tubes. It’s essential to compare rates among different carriers to find the most cost-effective option.
  • Protection: If your items require protection against bending or crushing, tubes may be a better choice. However, you might need to add padding or protective material inside the tube, which can affect shipping costs.
  • Volume: If you’re shipping a significant volume of packages, you might be able to negotiate better rates with your chosen shipping provider, whether you’re using tubes or boxes.
  • Destination: The destination of your shipment can also affect costs. Some carriers have different rates for domestic and international shipments.

In summary, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to whether tubes are cheaper than boxes for shipping. It depends on the specific details of your shipment. To determine the most cost-effective option, you should compare shipping rates for both tubes and boxes with different carriers and consider the size, weight, and fragility of your items.

Can postal tubes be recycled?

Yes, postal tubes, especially those made of cardboard or paper, are typically recyclable. Recycling practices may vary depending on your location and the recycling facilities available, but here are some general guidelines for recycling postal tubes:

  • Remove Labels and Tape: Before recycling, make sure to remove any labels, stickers, or adhesive tape from the postal tube. These materials can interfere with the recycling process.
  • Check Recycling Guidelines: Contact your recycling service provider or visit their website to check if they accept cardboard or paper tubes. Guidelines can vary by provider, so it’s essential to know what is accepted.
  • Flatten or Disassemble: Some recycling service providers prefer that you flatten or disassemble the tubes before recycling. This helps save space in recycling bins and makes transportation more efficient.
  • Separate from Other Materials: When placing the tubes in your recycling bin, keep them separate from other materials like plastics or glass. Proper sorting ensures that the recycling process is more effective. You should also ensure to remove any plastic end caps from the postal tubes too.
  • Clean and Dry: Make sure the tubes are clean and dry before recycling. Wet or soiled cardboard may not be accepted.

It’s essential to follow the recycling guidelines provided by your service provider to ensure that the tubes are recycled properly. By recycling postal tubes, you can help reduce waste and promote environmentally friendly practices.

See the features of our postal tubes

Custom Postal Tubes

Macfarlane Packaging can produce bespoke postal tubes tailored to meet your unique shipping and storage requirements. Our top-quality cardboard postal tubes offer versatility and protection for your valuable items.

With customisable options, you can adjust the length, width, tube colour, add outer printing, and even choose the colour of the end caps to suit your branding needs. This ensures a professional and tailored presentation for your shipments. Whether you’re shipping posters, plans, or important documents, our postal tubes provide a secure and eco-friendly solution. Trust Macfarlane Packaging to deliver the perfect custom postal tubes for your business, safeguarding your items in style.

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Postal Tubes wholesale available across the UK and beyond. You can have Postal Tubes delivered to you from one of our regional distribution centres. UK delivery is available to and around the following locations:

Aberdeen, Aylesbury, Banbury, Barnsley, Bath, Bedford, Bicester, Birmingham , Bolton, Bradford, Bridgewater, Bridport, Bristol, Burton-upon-Trent , Cambridge, Chelmsford , Cheltenham, Chester , Chichester, Colchester Cornwall, Coventry, Crewe, Derby, Devon, Dewsbury, Dudley, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Essex, Exeter, Fareham, Gateshead, Glasgow Glossop Gloucester, Grantham, Harlow, Heathrow, Hemel Hempstead, Hereford, High Wycombe, Horsham, Hull, Inverness, Isle of Wight, Kent, Kidderminster, Lancaster  Leamington Spa, Leeds, Lincoln, Liverpool , London , Luton , Manchester, Middlesborough, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Norfolk, North Wales , Northampton, Nottingham , Oldham, Oxford , Plymouth, Reading, Salisbury, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, Slough, Somerset , Somerton, South Shields, South Wales, Stafford, Stockport , Stoke-on-Trent , Stratford-Upon-Avon, Sudbury, Sunderland, Surrey, Sussex , Teesside, Telford, Uxbridge, Wakefield, Walsall, Warrington, Warwick , Watford, Wigan, Windsor, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Wrexham, Yeovil, York.

You can also have Postal Tubes from Macfarlane Packaging delivered across Ireland and Continental Europe. Click to find your closest UK location or nearest Continental European site.