The right choice of packaging design contributes a big difference to the success of a product. Should the product be subjected to moisture or adverse effect during transportation, extra considerations should be made to choose materials used and packaging design. While a proper choice of packaging materials helps to protect the product for shippment, it also affects the total weight of the product and hence affects the cost and ease of handling of the product at POS;
Plastic is the most commonly used materials for its low cost and light weight properties. It can be moulded into different sizes and shapes, and can even be applied to eatible items. If moisture prevention is one of the big issues to be circumvented, shrink wrap with plastic paper is a good choice as it can provide a vaccum seal to keep moisture out. Paper boxes will be the 2nd best choice of materials should one need to a versatile strength and stability to protect their goods. For fragile items, however, cushion with stuffing bubble wrap are commonly seen as it will not significantly increase the overall weight of the package itself.
A. Honeycomb packs - For customers who are environmentally conscious, 100% recyclable honeycomb paper packs are commonly used due to their low cost and versatility. From delicate small items like eggs or huge items like motors or refrigerators, nearly all products can be housed inside a honeycomb boards protectors carefully designed with die cut. Impact protection cushions can also be added to bulky items by using honeycomb paper. Flexibility and versatility of honeycomb paper packs can also be easily controlled by adjusting the density of the honeycomb.
B. Metal packs - Metal packing includes the uses of aluminium, steel or tin. As most of them can be recycled again and again, less raw material is used to produce to the packings comparing with other packaging materials. Moreover, since metal tins are unbreakable and less suspicious from bacteria contaminations, they are very often utilized for food industries while they can be sealed in order to extend the preserve period. Also metal packing can be readily stacked up in retail shops to save up spaces.
C. Plastic packs - Plastics can be shaped into different ways to serve diverse packaging applications. As more and more customers are cautious with the environment, and disposal of plastics has become one of their main concerns. In fact, today technology enables plastic packaging to meet different degrees of recycling requirements. To elaborate, plastic polymers (or resins) have become very popular in packaging, and resin identification coding system has been introduced in 1988 to meet recycling program needs. This is exactly the numbers and arrows we see everyday on plastic packaging. For instance
#1. Polypropylene (PET or polyester) - can be recycled as carpet, tote bags, film etc.
#2. High density polyethylene (HDPE) - can be recyled as household cleaners, recycling bins etc.
#3. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) - can be recycled as carpet backing, floor tiles.
#4. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) - can be recyled as garbage can, trash can etc.
#5. Polypropylene (PP) - can be recycled as battery cases, bicycle racks etc.
#6. Polystyrene (PS) - can be recycled as video cassette casings, vents etc.
D. Blister packs - Blister packs are a specific type of product packaging with a pre-formed or molded plastic (normally EPS or PE foam) heat sealed over a printed paperboard card to reduce the packaging costs. This kind of packaging is most commonly used to hold pharmaceutical products, and this enables the consumers to easily view its contents but discourages those shoplifters to sneak the small items from the blister packs. Meanwhile, details of the product itself can be printed on the paperboard card backing or on the surface.
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