Is packaging just for packing up or covering a product until you tear it open to find out what lies inside?
Well, packaging is about much more and serves far more purposes. A good packaging serves as a marketing tool of a product,it serves as a security tool, and it protects and preserves the product while ensuring that it is in great shape for long. Now, when we talking about packaging, the first thing which comes in mind is plastic packaging! This is what we commonly see around us, in supermarkets, restaurants and everywhere we go. Plastic packaging is suitable for varied needs, serves different types of industries, is available in different forms, sizes, shapes, can be really attractive and above all, makes a cheap packaging option. If this is not enough, plastic packaging helps to keep different products in great shape and for long. In spite of being so commonly used in our everyday use, there are several facts related to plastic packaging which we are still not aware of. Here are some such interesting things which you should know about this form of packaging and what makes it so popular worldwide.
More Products In Less Packaging!
One of the main reasons for increasing popularity of plastic is its light-weight. Plastic by nature is light, yet it is very strong and durable. Plastic can be molded easily, can be extruded, can be easily cast and then blown into many different kinds of shapes, sizes, films and foams. All this can be done with the use of minimum resources and creating very little waste. Plastic packaging means accommodation of more products, conveniently, effectively and without any fear of damages caused.
Did you know that plastic packaging helps in reducing food waste?
When we bring home our favorite food in heat sealed plastic containers or pouches or food grade plastic, little do we realize that we are doing our bit to reduce food waste. These modern day attractive looking plastic food containers which are heat resistant and leak proof are designed to keep food safe. These prevent any sort of contamination and spoilage for a certain period of time within which it needs to be consumed. This implies lesser food waste wih the use of plastic, which is certainly worth a thought. Food can be carried in these attractive, lightweight containers for potlucks, at work, for parties, outings, get-togethers and other occasions without fear of contamination or wastage. Just not this, plastic storage containers look extremely attractive, these are available in a wide number of colors and sizes and always convenient to use. Plastic Packaging and safety issues There is a never ending debate on safety aspects of plastic packaging especially food containers and food trays when made from plastic and whether at all, this kind of packaging can be good for the environment. In all plastic packaging plaster polymers are used, better known as resins. If you have ever checked the details, you will find arrows and numbers on plastic packaging. These are actually identification codes which are an indication of the type of polymer used in the packaging. The resin code is primarily related to its recycling and helps in recognizing the kind of plastic used in packaging. Resins which are used in plastic are generally identified with codes like PET, PVC, PP or HDPE among many others. It’s important to know about resins since the properties of resin helps in understanding their suitability for different kinds of packaging applications. This helps in determining the safety levels of plastic packaging and understanding how safe the product is. Plastic packaging is mainly about protecting the product from damage and deliveringa product in its best state to customers. Plastic packaging should meet all regulations to be declared safe for us, especially for use in storing or delivering food products.
This is especially important when packaging is related to pharma or food packaging purposes. Packaging should protect content from damage or leaking. It is said to be fit for use when it meets all expectations related to ease of use, merchandising, aesthetics and of course costs which are thought about primarily among other things. Today, countries have strict regulations on plastic packaging and use of food containers, plastic bottles, plastic trays among other things. There are specific departments like Food and Drug Administration which have strict regulations which need to be adhered, especially in case of plastic packages. Plastics such as polyethylene orpolystyrene are in regular use since decades as food packaging material, but only after they have passed stringent safety regulations which declare them fit for use. Thus, if consumers know about what they are using, their health and safety can never be compromised. Plastic packaging is definitely going to be the best form of packaging for long.