It’s known by a number of names, decorative fill, shredded paper, hamper filler, intelligent fill, online we simply call ours, shred & fill and it comes in an array of dazzling colours to help you stuff your hampers, showcase products, enhance your brand and protect goods all at the same time. For added pizzazz, good quality shred helps to increase the perceived value of your hamper gifts.

For those eco-warriors, it’s good to note that all our shredded paper including SizzlePak and Very Fine Cut ranges are 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable and our wood wool can be recycled, reused, composted or burned completely.


To learn more about recycling, read How to recycle shredded paper.

But Which Shredded Paper Is Right For You?

For most hamper making needs, it’s hard to go wrong with SizzlePak shredded paper. It’s by far our most popular shred and lends itself beautifully to almost any packaging or display application.


SizzlePak comes available in a bunch of colours for seasonal gifting or brand matching, but it’s not the only shred and fill type we offer. To help you decide which is best for you, consider the key benefits of SizzlePak, Very Fine, and wood wool.

Wholesale Sizzlepak UK

Black, brown and red concertinaed paper strips.

SizzlePak is a very efficient, easy to use and visually appealing way to fill void spaces in hampers and gift boxes.


It is made from 3-ply paper cut into short narrow strips before being concertinaed. This sizzle type folding of the paper allows it to retain its shape without compacting in transit. Simply pick up a handful and drop it into the box. No annoying tails and more importantly, no teasing out required which if you’ve ever had to make up mail order or corporate hampers en masses, saves you an immense amount of time. It is a hamper and gift packer’s dream.


- Wide Choice of colours
- Best support for heavier objects like jars and bottles
- Retains shape, filling void spaces effectively during transit
- 100% reusable, recyclable and biodegradable
- Ready to use straight from the box

Very Fine Cut Shredded Paper

Blue, red and green thin paper strips

Very Fine cut is a shredded paper that is made in a straight configuration. It is available from WBC in wholesale 5kg and 10kg boxes and ideal for use in smaller presentation boxes and gift bags - jewellery boxes and cosmetics. It is a decorative fill that is widely used across the hamper, deli and drinks trades but not best suited to larger heavier items. It acts as a good alternative to Wood Wool as Very Fine Cut is virtually dust-free. Very Fine cut shredded paper will need to be teased apart but the finished result will give you professional looking hampers.


All Very Fine Cut shreds are now made with 100% recycled paper.


- A colourful alternative to wood wool
- Ideal for small items
- Available in both 5kg and 10kg boxes
- Made with 100% recycled paper
- Does need to be teased apart
- Fewer grams needed than SizzlePak

Wholesale Wood Wool For Hampers

A zoomed in picture of wood wool

Wood wool is a packaging material made from the kiln-dried wood shavings of the pine and spruce tree.

Not only is it natural, biodegradable and PEFC approved, but it’s made using the excess bits of wood that might otherwise be thrown away.

Sourced from sustainably managed forests, our wholesale wood wool is kiln dried so that no nasty chemicals are used in its production. That means it’s safe to use in food hampers, with toiletries or pet bedding.
- Great value for money
- Recyclable, reusable, compostable and burnable
- Sources from PEFC approved sustainable forests
- Cost-effective and safe to use in food hampers

How Much Shred Do I Need To Fill A Hamper?

Two bags on a marble surface with three baskets held within each other

Below each hamper box, gift bag or wicker hamper on our website is a list of details that will help you cut down planning time.


When you need to know how much shred & fill to use in your hampers, look beneath your chosen gift box and you’ll find the approximate weight based on 50% fill, 50% product.

Two branded boxes with a closed and opened set in front

Using Shredded Paper As Packing Material

When it comes to keeping gifts safe in transit, like bubble wrap, shredded paper is lightweight, making it ideal for use as protective packaging for transit and shipping.


It works well as a filler for boxes and for keeping fragile items from shifting and moving whilst on the move. Keep it in an area with other materials and supplies for the next time you need to mail a box or wrap belongings.

Cost-Saving Tip

Fill your hamper base with the excess recycled packing material you have lying around, cover with a layer of tissue paper and sprinkle with a layer of shred.

Published: 30th Nov 2021