bakery boxes


OK, guys, I know I’m going to be “dating” myself here, but believe it or not, I can remember the days when there was no such thing as recycling. When the garbage guys rolled up once a week, they were not concerned with separate bins – the plastic drink cups, bottles, newspapers and cupcake boxes went right in there with the banana peels, ham bones and everything else.

Happily, that’s not the case these days.

Our municipalities give us special bins and often special days when they’ll send a different truck along to take our recyclables to be turned into new packages  — easing the ever-ballooning bulge in the landfills along with our worries about the future of our Earth and our environment.

Eco Friendly Takeout

If you are fortunate enough to own your own food service business – perhaps a bakery – you’ve put careful thought into everything from your recipes to hours, pricing and what cups, napkins and cupcake boxes to use. And with all of the new restrictions popping up on use of plastics, mandatory recycling and more, sustainability has no doubt become important to you as well.

Even your patrons are environmentally conscious. They’re taking home your cakes, donuts and drinks in the hope that what they toted them there in can be recycled, too.

Cupcake Boxes with a Conscience

kraft bakery box with environmentally friendly icons on it

Here at MrTakeOutBags.com, we pride ourselves on keeping up on the latest news when it comes to sustainability.

We enhance our inventory with plant-based products, keep up on rules and regulations across the country and continue to add environmentally friendly offerings.

Just a quick visit to our site will show you that, among our thousands of packaging options – in segments ranging from cups to deli containers to carryout bags, shopping bags, utensils and a whole heck of a lot more – a large majority of them are made from post-consumer materials, and are recyclable or compostable — or both.

And that goes for our donut boxes, cake boxes, cupcake boxes and cookie boxes. No matter the color you choose, you can feel good about offering them to your customers who, like you, are concerned about the state of our environment today.

How do I know if my cupcake box can be recycled?

We make it easy for you to explore the Earth-friendliness of our takeout packaging and bakery boxes. Let me show you how:

Visit MrTakeOutBags.com and look for an item you’d like to try. There are tabs at the top of the page that will navigate you to boxes, and subcategories by type, including windowed bakery boxes, cupcake boxes, bakery boxes with no windows, kraft brown bakery boxes, white bakery boxes and more.

Once you hone in on a particular bakery box you’d like to see, click on the image. This will take you to a page giving you all the pertinent information about that particular food packaging product.

Just below the image of the bakery box, you’ll see (right above the complete description) a series of symbols with words identifying Post-Consumer, Biodegradable, Recyclable, Compostable, Green Product, Customizable and Made in USA. Here’s a screenshot to show you what I mean.

Screenshot of various icons on products.

So there you have it – one more reason to check us out. Peace of mind for you, peace of mind for your customers.  When they take home your fresh donuts or that special birthday cake for little Scotty’s 8th birthday and it gets gobbled up in no time flat, it doesn’t have to go into the local landfill – it can go right into that special bin with the special symbol and find a new life one day.

By Mya L. Koch

Congrats! You’ve done it! You took the dive and decided to make that love of baking more than just a hobby.

You’ve got your very own little pie-in-the-sky-turned-reality business. You’ve thought of everything: Which cookies, pies or cupcakes to put on the menu; where your storefront will be; how many tables you’ll offer and how much you’ll charge for grandma’s famous custard pie.

Often, one of the last things that comes to mind is packaging for your goodies. But here at MrTakeOutBags, we have made that easy for you with a vast range of supplies, including utensils, labels, baking cups, tissue liners and much more.

And yes, that includes bakery boxes to showcase your sweets.

Our bakery boxes come in an ever-growing range of sizes and colors, including kraft, white, pink strawberry and chocolate brown – some with windows, some without – but all designed to complement your business.

One of the more popular styles of bakery box – for their economy and style – are lock corner bakery boxes. If you’re just starting out, no doubt you’ve explored the various styles and learned the terms. But just in case, let’s dive in a little.

Close up of locking corners

What is a lock corner bakery box?

It’s a one-piece construction, paperboard bakery box that you assemble prior to loading up using interlocking tabs – this is in contrast to glued corner or pre-assembled style boxes.

They come in all those great colors I mentioned and can show off that buttercream and sprinkles with a window – or keep it all as a surprise without.

There are several “plusses” to them:

  • They ship flat, which lowers your shipping cost
  • They’re are simple and classic in design – meaning they’re not difficult to manufacture – a phenomenal value for a lower cost.
  • They can be stored as flat boxes, or pre-folded and “nested” to save your valuable inventory space.
  • They’re sturdier and more secure than other types of boxes.

About the only disadvantage is that you’ll need to put them together yourself – but hey, that’s a … well…. A piece of cake!

Step by step box instructions

Grab some clear tape and follow these simple steps:

Step 1 – Crease the panels before folding. This makes the box easier to assemble. Crease the main panels, then the side tabs.

hand folding panel

Step 2 – Lock the corners. Fold the top up and insert side tabs into the slots on the side panel. Hint: Start at the corners closest to the hinge.

Step 3 – Tuck and tape. Tuck the front tab into the slot on the lid, and use tape to secure the sides.

Some folks prefer to tuck the lid side panels into the box, but this does expose the lock-corners. This isn’t quite as pretty looking and it could damage your product.

bakery box tab closure

To recap, just:

  • Crease the panels
  • Lock the corners
  • Tuck and tape.

Voila! You’ve got a sturdy, good-looking box to showcase all of your hard work. And the other beauty of them is that they are fully customizable with your bakery’s brand or logo.

Here’s a link for a video to walk you through it: https://www.mrtakeoutbags.com/product/videos/vid-how-to-fold-bakery-boxes-lock-corner.html

There you go – one less thing to worry about. Now get baking, fling open those doors and welcome your new fans. We’re here to help!

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