Packaging is one of the cornerstones of any industry, and it’s been evolving right along with the rest of society. With the advancement in technology, new materials were created to pack products efficiently and economically.
These days, packaging covers a wide variety of materials and functions, from paper boxes to aluminum cans to plastic bottles.
However, the packaging is not as widely known as most other industries, partly because it’s not easy to spot.
It doesn’t leave the building with you when you buy a product or when you receive it via shipping service (though it could be better). It’s often seen as just an obstacle between something desirable and the desired recipient.
That means that people don’t get to know what kind of packaging was used for their products no matter how much money they spend on them.
It can be pretty depressing at times because of that fact. And it is also because there is such a multitude of types of packaging out there. So many that one can easily feel lost without being informed beforehand on what exactly went into making a certain type of product packaging.
Here are 4 fascinating facts that you should know about packaging:
1. What is the packaging?
Packaging refers to all the material used to hold products and/or information in a certain shape, size, type, and while offering a certain purpose.
That includes lightweight packing materials such as paper boxes, postcard envelopes, padded mailers, reusable plastic bottles, and bags as well as disposable aluminum cans.
That also includes the production of these three types of packages used by an industry such as food (canning), chemicals (cartons), pharmaceuticals (cartons), food (cereal boxes).
2. Why is packaging important?
Packaging is important because it keeps food, products, and/or information safe while in transit. Preserves the quality of the product while in storage. And it also serves to protect the environment by preserving more resources.
Packaging helps preserve a product’s freshness by keeping out air, moisture, dust, dirt, and other unwanted elements. Many times a bag or box for a product will have an expiration date on it so that you know when you need to use that item.
3. What is an eco-friendly package?
An eco-friendly package does not harm the environment or anything living in or around it.
Packaging can be tailor-made from different materials, many of which are not eco-friendly. The packaging industry needs to develop materials that help curb pollution and hurt the environment as little as possible.
An example is a new type of plastic that’s being applicable on beverage packaging well-known Plaxal Bioplastic. It’s tailor-made from renewable resources and is compostable and biodegradable. This helps make manufacturing processes less harmful to the world around us.
4. What are some common products that have eco-friendly packaging?
Many products have eco-friendly packaging, such as yogurt containers made with corn plastic and reusable shopping bags made from recycled plastics. Bags like these are usually sold in bulk at various stores. And you can take them with you wherever you shop, so they become a staple in the lives of most people.
Packaging like this is a great way to make your life a little less harmful to the environment. Because it helps to reduce pollution while at the same time doing its job without breaking down or harming anything else.
Packaging has helped advance society, especially by keeping food, products, and information safe for their entire journey from the manufacturer to the consumer. It’s now also helping society continue to evolve by making sure that we don’t make the world around us sick or worse off than it already is.