Packing tape plays a key role in sealing your parcels for shipping, but with many different types available on the market, it is important to choose the right one for your products.

If you are looking for a smarter, more secure way to tape your boxes, below are 6 reasons why you should consider gummed paper tape.

1. Strength

Much stronger than standard packing tape, gummed paper tape is suitable for sealing cartons. Once applied, it creates a “bond” with your box, making the entire parcel stronger and more secure. Better product protection means less damages, cutting down costs associated with replacing broken or lost products.

2. Tamper-evidence

Gummed paper tape is an excellent tamper evident solution. Once removed from a box, it cannot be resealed, making it obvious if someone has tampered with your parcel.

3. Temperature Tolerance

Tolerance to temperature fluctuations is another great advantage of gummed paper tape. This is ideal if you need to ship or store your parcels in humid or freezing conditions.

4. Smart Presentation

We all know that standard adhesive tape is not the most attractive way of sealing your parcels. Packages sealed with paper tape look neat and professional, positively reflecting on both your product and your brand. They are also easy to print on, which is a great, low cost opportunity to promote your brand by adding a logo or personalised message to your shipments.

5. Environment

Gummed paper tape is biodegradable and 100% recyclable, which makes it a perfect environmentally-friendly alternative to standard packing tape.

6. Speeds up Packing

In order to activate gummed paper tape, you will need a tape dispenser which will moisten and cut tape automatically, dispensing the exact amount you need. This prevents unnecessary packaging waste, and a little automation in your packing operation will help you to pack quicker, generating more input in a shorter time.

At Macfarlane Packaging, we have a wide selection of gummed paper tapes to choose from. Contact us for more information.

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    1. Edyta Dean Post author

      Hi Christian,

      Thank you very much for your enquiry. We do have clear premium PVC vinyl tape in 19mm (32 micron, pack quantity 96). If you wish to order, please email with your name, company name, post code and quantities required.

      Kind Regards,

    1. Filip Pirozenok

      Hi Bob,

      Thank you for reading our blog article and we are glad you liked it.
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  1. Lesley Wharton

    Great article until you get to point 6! You state you need a specialised dispenser for the gummed paper tape and the link takes you to the correct department. However the dispenser listed does not operate with the reinforced tape that needs a dispenser! You need to make sure you can provide the tape neded for the manual tape dispenser and the correct dispenser for the reinforced gummed paper tape! Was interested until that point. Disappointed.

    1. Edyta Dean Post author

      Hi Lesley,

      That’s a fair point – we’ve linked the email to an article from 2016 and haven’t checked the linked details in that article. We’ve updated them now to remove the links.
      It’s great to know that someone is actually reading our blogs and paying attention – in that respect you’ve made our day!
      Thanks so much for taking the time to respond and point it out, it’s really appreciated.

      I hope you have a great weekend,


  2. Glyn Holt

    how strong is gummed parcel tape at holding parcels shut? I oft have to pack large half meter sq parcels with multiple loose items that collectivly weigh lots. They are trying to burst out the box and place lots of pressure on the securing tape. Standard plastic tape is ok. I tried self adisive paper tape but it failed miserably simply snapping. Is gummed paper tape stronger than the self adisive equivilant?

    1. Edyta Dean Post author

      Hi Glyn,

      Thank you very much for your enquiry. Gummed paper tape forms a really strong bond with the box, much better than standard tape, so it should be suitable for your application.

      If you would like more information or place an order, please fill in our contact form:

      Kind Regards,


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