One of the most common packaging materials today is the bottle. Available in different types of material (primarily glass and plastic), bottles have been around for a long time now and are expected to stay for many more years. What makes bottles so popular as a packaging material? Why have they been used for ages in the same way when other kinds of packaging have gone through a number of changes? 

Read on to learn a few reasons why we believe bottles are here to stay and will continue to enjoy their ever growing popularity in the next few decades, too.

So, go ahead and ask yourself: why is the bottle is so popular?


The glass bottle is quite popular in the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries and is expected to be the primary packaging material in the next few years, too. Glass is made using a completely natural material, which is not hazardous to health. Thus, glass bottles are considered to be completely safe for carrying water, medicines, foods and cosmetics.

Varieties of Shapes and Colors

Plastic bottles are an integral part of packaging, too. Look attractive, they also easily mold into a number of shapes and can be improved further, as per user convenience, appearance enhancement and special needs. Bottles are highly functional, as manufacturers can also incorporate handles and are enhanced bottles with features like measurement marks, as well as, pouring lips. Bottles can be crystal clear, opaque and also translucent to easily identify whatever’s stored inside. Plastic bottles used in packaging also do not need any additional coat of paint as the coloring material is previously mixed in with the plastic resin. Thus, plastic bottles do not have problems of color running or getting rubbed or washed off.

Lightweight and Portable

Plastic bottles do not have any noticeable additional weight. They are lighter than glass packaging products and can be easily carried from one place to another. Being so lightweight, they can also help to save energy with reduced costs during transportation. Plus, plastic is soft and has low melting point which means less energy is required to produce plastic bottles, which explains its wide use in the packaging industry. Plastic water bottles have always been in demand for their great portability and convenience.


Glass bottles are well known for their sustainability since they are completely recyclable. Thus, for those who are looking for environment friendly packaging material, they should always consider glass bottles. Glass is generally made using sustainable mono materials, which means it does not use a lot of content when packaged and it can be easily recycled many times without any losses in quality or purity. All glass bottles can be recycled into new bottles or other products, offering energy and raw material savings. All eco-friendly companies prefer to use glass bottles as a part of their packaging.


Plastic bottles are durable while glass is not! Plastic bottles are highly resilient and quite rugged, indeed. These bottles do not easily shatter and will not break into small and sharp pieces when they are dropped. Plus, plastic bottles will have a long shelf life with great resistance and toughness to withstand huge changes in temperature or other external factors.