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It’s an old and well-worn saying that today’s news is tomorrow’s fish and chip paper. Elvis Costello even wrote a song about the concept. Except it’s not true anymore; partly because, thanks to the internet, today’s news will be just as easy to find tomorrow as it is today, and partly because chippies haven’t been using actual newspapers to wrap their fare for quite some time.

It was, naturally, health and safety legislation that killed off the tradition, amidst worries that the newsprint was bad for us (in sharp contrast to the much lauded health-giving properties of the deep-fried fare within). Printers insisted we had nothing to worry about, although I don’t ever recall them force-feeding their children with the stuff to prove their point, in the manner of Tory minister John Selwyn Gummer during the British beef ‘mad cow’ scare in 1990.


From chips with everything…

Wrapping fish and chips in newspaper almost certainly originated as a cost saving idea, and one can’t help but be impressed by this early form of recycling. Since their passing, some chip shops try to recreate the feel by using paper printed to look like newspaper, a pointless activity to my mind, although surely still preferable to those polystyrene boxes that some places use.

One of the most popular options these days is to use packing paper made from white news offcuts, sometimes called unprinted newspaper or blank newspaper offcuts. In other words, exactly like what we used to use, but without yesterday’s headlines on to stain hands and dinner.


…to nothing with chips

Outside the world of fast food, white news offcuts also happen to be a very useful and effective packaging material, particularly good for wrapping crockery and china. They’re also quick, easy and economical to scrunch up and use as void fill. And they’re incredibly inexpensive, with prices starting at less than a penny a sheet.

And in the same way that using them instead of printed newspapers to wrap food means neither hands nor dinner gets covered in ink, wrapping everything with them when moving house means your dishwasher won’t have to be on 24 hours a day for the first week cleaning every plate, glass and teacup you own.

So whether you want to wrap your favourite fragile heirlooms to keep them safe, protect your belongings or products when in transit or even wrap up some fish and chips, why not call Davpack and find out how we can help? As one of the country’s leading packaging supplies companies, with well over 40 years’ experience in the trade, we know more than most about good packaging. We also know more than most about good fish and chips, but that’s a different story…

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Dave Smith

With a background that has included spells in marketing and editorial management in the publishing and performing arts industries, Dave is now a valued member of Davpack’s marketing team, where he is our lead blogger and senior copywriter. Still relatively new to the business, he will be aiming to look at the world of cardboard boxes and packaging materials from a slightly different angle to the usual. Davpack

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