Paper tubes are commonly fabricated from recycled paper, and tubes made with durable material can be reused. This makes them a cost-effective alternative to other materials such as metal, glass, plastic, or wood. Furthermore, cardboard is easier to cut, purchase, and dispose of, compared to most other materials. In terms of strength-to-weight ratio, cardboard is often times favored over plastic and metal because of its light weight and durability. Heavy-duty cardboard tubes are much less prone to denting and breakage, making this type of cardboard ideal for high-impact mailing and shipping applications.