Imagine this situation. You have a machine that is going to do some packaging The output of this processes are packages How do you call the "raw material" that you use for packaging?

Now, I can see that this can be very ample, for example if there are already plastic packages ready to be filled and sealed, I would call those "packages" too, but what if the raw materials before packaging are not already formed packages but a large piece of plastic (that somehow the machine folds and seals forming a fully formed "package")

In the original documents (in other language) they are called "packaging paper" but I am not sure what a native english speaker would call it.

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Interestingly enough, the materials used to package things, are also collectively called packaging.

packaging: the materials in which objects are wrapped before being (shipped or) sold

You can be more precise and talk specifically about different components involved in the packaging process:

boxing, packing, wrapping, crating, taping, strapping, sealing, labeling, etc.

which use, respectively,

boxes, packing (material), wrapping (material), crates, tape, straps (or strapping), sealant, labels, etc.

Unless the packaging is actually made of paper I would not call it "packaging paper". If it is soft and transparent I would call it "plastic wrap", but it sounds more like a custom, form-fitted, plastic container.

This can have many different names, but the most common terms are shrink wrap, blister pack, and clamshell pack.

  • Thanks. Depending on the settings sometimes it is paper and sometime transparent plastic, (the procedure is the same) so how about "package wrap"? Nov 16, 2017 at 4:13
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    @KansaiRobot the generic "wrap" or "wrapping" covers paper and plastic.
    – Andrew
    Nov 16, 2017 at 4:45

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