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We can produce tubes in any size, depending on the quantity you need.

All of our ready-made tube sizes are available in stock for quick delivery. You can order them in any quantity directly on our website. At 1000+ pcs we can produce any ready-made tube size with full color printing.

If the size you want is not stocked or if you need us to engineer a perfect product fit, we can custom-make any tube dimensions. Because of setup time and costs, there is a 2500 piece minimum order quantity for custom-made tubes.

All of our ready-made tubes are designed to be reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable. For custom-made tubes, different customization options like PVC/PET windows, lamination, and various specialty linings may extend biodegradability period. We always strive to be as eco-friendly as possible and will work with you to ensure your tube packaging has the smallest ecological footprint.

Our ready-made blank tubes are safe for dry goods. Many of our customers use them for tea, coffee, and other dry food products. We can produce completely custom tubes with aluminum foil and PE lining which create a food-safe inner barrier. Minimum order quantity is 2500 pcs. It’s always best to package your products in a sealed poly bag before putting them into the tubes for additional food-safety and to retain longer shelf life.

Yes, we offer ready-made push-up tubes with a free-moving bottom disc featuring oil-resistant wax paper lining for cosmetic and skincare products. Additionally, we can create custom push-up tubes built to your specifications. Minimum order quantity for custom push-up tubes is 2500 pcs.

We recommend you test your product with a few samples before committing to a larger quantity. Push-up tubes may not work with all products.

1-piece tubes with metal or plastic closures.

2-piece telescoping tubes where the cap fits on top of the base when the tube is closed. We can do straight or rolled edges on the top and bottom

3-piece telescoping tubes where the cap fits on top of the “lip” for a flush-fit look. These tubes can also have a rolled or straight top and bottom edge.

Size + Fit

We can produce tubes in any size, depending on the quantity you need.

All of our ready-made tube sizes are available in stock for quick delivery. You can order them in any quantity directly on our website. At 1000+ pcs we can produce any ready-made tube size with full color printing.

If the size you want is not stocked or if you need us to engineer a perfect product fit, we can custom-make any tube dimensions. Because of setup time and costs, there is a 2500 piece minimum order quantity for custom-made tubes.

Product sizes vary. That’s why we always keep a variety of tube sizes in stock. You can send us your product(s) and we will engineer the perfect custom tube as long as your minimum order quantity is 2500 pcs, or recommend one of our ready-made sizes for smaller orders. Below are some loose guidelines for the most popular product categories we work with.


Coffee Beans
– 4″ H x 3″ D (4 oz)
– 4″ H x 3.5″ D (4 oz)
– 4.5″ H x 3″ D (4 oz)
– 4.5″ H x 3.25″ D (4 oz)
– 5″ H x 3″ D (4 oz)
– 6.5″ H x 3.25″ D (8 oz)
– 8.5″ H x 3.75″ D (12 oz)
– 10″ H x 3.5″ D (12 oz)


T-Shirts
– 8.5″ H x 3.75″ D
– 10″ H x 3.5″ D


Boston Round Bottles
– 3.66″ H x 1.18″ D (15ml)
– 4.13″ H x 1.38″ D (30ml)
– 4.72″ H x 1.69″ D (60ml)
– 5.51″ H x 2.15″ D (120ml) 

Probably yes. Part of what sets the Paper Tube Co. apart from the competition is that we provide industrial design and engineering to not only package your product, but to show it off with tube construction that may include inner tabs, blocked space, special inserts and more.

We get all kinds of requests, from custom paper straws to carpet cores. While the answer is YES most of the time, there are things we’re not known for. We don’t generally produce diameters smaller than 10mm. We also don’t specialize in really thick cores for industrial applications. Our typical wall thicknesses range from 0.75mm to 2.5mm. Tubes that are longer than 15” or wider than 6” get really expensive to ship so expect some premium pricing if you need those. Let us know what you need and we shall assist.

Tube Types + Materials

1-piece tubes with metal or plastic closures.

2-piece telescoping tubes where the cap fits on top of the base when the tube is closed. We can do straight or rolled edges on the top and bottom

3-piece telescoping tubes where the cap fits on top of the “lip” for a flush-fit look. These tubes can also have a rolled or straight top and bottom edge.

All of our ready-made tubes are designed to be reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable. For custom-made tubes, different customization options like PVC/PET windows, lamination, and various specialty linings may extend biodegradability period. We always strive to be as eco-friendly as possible and will work with you to ensure your tube packaging has the smallest ecological footprint.

Yes. We have a wide variety of materials besides coated and uncoated papers. We can make custom tubes using cloth, leather-like, metallic, textured, and specialty papers and laminates. We’ll advise which materials work best with the type of customization you desire.

Our ready-made blank tubes are safe for dry goods. Many of our customers use them for tea, coffee, and other dry food products. We can produce completely custom tubes with aluminum foil and PE lining which create a food-safe inner barrier. Minimum order quantity is 2500 pcs. It’s always best to package your products in a sealed poly bag before putting them into the tubes for additional food-safety and to retain longer shelf life.

We can produce airtight composite paper cans with peelable membrane closures and inner foil lining. Your packaging and fulfillment partner would need to have proper equipment to seal the tubes after filling them with your product. 

Yes. We just rolled out our EcoVault™ child-resistant paper tube packaging solution. Independent lab tested and CPSC compliant, EcoVault™️ is patent-pending and features the same endless customization options as our regular paper tubes. For more information go to EcoVault.co

Ordering + Shipping

All design and engineering is done in the US at our headquarters just outside of Chicago. Our dedicated manufacturing facilities, with employees on the ground, are located in PRC to keep your prices low.

Pre-made blank stock tubes ship out the next business day. Pre-made stock tubes with custom screen printing take 10-14 business days to produce. Completely custom tubes made from scratch take 6-8 weeks to produce. This includes pre-production samples and mass production. Shipping times depend on location and shipping method chosen. 

We sell two types of orders: ready-made stock tubes and completely custom tubes. There is no minimum order quantity for stock tubes. Custom tubes are built from scratch based on your specifications. However, because of setup time and costs, there is a 1000 piece minimum order requirement.

Let us know the exact tube dimensions, quantity, and the type of customization you need and we will send you a price quote. We will also send you a design template so you can lay out your artwork. Once the final artwork is submitted and the order is placed, we will make a pre-production sample for your approval. This process takes 10-14 business days. When the sample is approved, mass production and shipping take about 6-8 weeks.

We provide store credit or exchange for all unused, non-printed, ready-made tubes purchased through our website. We ask that return shipping costs are paid by the customer. The credit amount will be the cost of the product returned, excluding any shipping charges. We urge you to purchase one or two samples first to test product fit and function before buying a larger quantity.

For custom orders, since all tubes are made to your specifications, we don’t allow returns. However, if you’re unhappy with your order and feel like we didn’t do a great job, please contact us and we’ll do our best to rectify the situation. Should we, in our sole discretion, decide to refund to you any amounts paid for an order, that refund shall constitute our entire, sole and exclusive liability, and your sole and exclusive remedy, with respect to that order.

Yes, we ship globally. Any VAT, customs and import duties are not included and are collected upon delivery, unless pre-paid during the checkout.

You most certainly can. If you’re not sure that your product will fit, you can purchase one or several of our ready-made tubes directly on the website. When you place a larger order, we can credit the cost of the samples towards that purchase.

When we’re making custom tubes, we provide samples free of charge after the orders has been placed and artwork has been submitted. These samples are used for proofing before we proceed with mass production.

We handle everything from design and engineering through manufacturing and shipping. We can design your artwork, engineer custom inserts, manufacture the tubes, warehouse for as long as you need, and drop ship to your fulfillment partner. Think of us as your outsourced in-house packaging department.

Unfortunately, the only thing we don't offer is product insertion. That's on you. 

We can split your total order quantity into various artwork versions. In fact, this is something we do on a regular basis for all types of products – teas, candles, bath bombs, skincare and others. Minimum quantity per SKU for custom tubes is 1000 pcs, unless you require advanced customization and extra options...at which point the minimum per SKU is 2500 pcs. 

Artwork + Customization

Yes, we can screen print ready-made tubes using any Pantone color. Please allow 2-3 week production time for any orders that require custom printing. 

We can make any color you need. Our pre-made stock tubes come in a variety of colors, including black, kraft, white, grey, and some textured finishes. See the Shop section of our website for the entire selection. Additionally, we can produce any Pantone or process color for special orders. 

Definitely! We can do foil stamping, spot UV, embossing and debossing. We can also use a variety of substrates for added effects. 

All custom-made orders are printed offset. This gives our customers print results that are very high quality and allows us to print on a variety of materials. Additionally, unit costs go down as order volume goes up. 

Pricing

Stock blank tubes can be ordered directly from the website, are paid in full and shipped immediately. Custom tubes require 50% deposit with balance paid before shipping. Payment terms are available pending credit application approval. 

No, sorry! We have to make sure the product is in our warehouse before we take your money. We cannot hold inventory without payment either. We would be happy to steer you towards a custom order if you need something we don’t have immediately available. 

We are very proud of our work and of our relationships with our customers. Pricing is based on tube size, order quantity, and the type of customization. With that said, we work with all reasonable budgets and offer discounts on a case-by-case basis for repeat volume purchases. 

We work with many resellers and print brokers and would be happy to offer wholesale pricing to qualified customers – promotional companies, packaging and print brokers, retailers, and anyone reselling our products. If you’re asking about volume discounts, then definitely! Our pricing is based on, among other things, total order quantity.