Packaging has various functions, but one particular feature to highlight is the protective role of packaging.
Several products – mainly liquids – cannot be commercialised and sold without packaging, because without bottles, tottles or jars, liquids cannot be stored, transported or even consumed.
The protective function of packaging can be divided into two important requirements:
On one hand the packaging should protect the inner product from any external impact.
On the other, the environment and surroundings of the product (during transportation, on the shelves and at the place of use) must be protected from the product.
The inward protective function is intended to ensure full retention of the packaged goods, primarily to protect the goods from loss, spillage and damage.
Packaging must also be able to withstand the many different outer forces it may come into contact with during transport, handling and storage operations.
The goods also frequently require protection from climatic conditions, such as temperature, humidity, precipitation and solar radiation. A good example is pharmaceutical glass bottles: their general brown colour is intentional, as most of the pharmaceutical drugs they hold are sensitive to light and the bottle’s dark colour can reduce this effect.
The outward protection provided by the packaging must prevent any environmental degradation as a result of the goods. This requirement is particularly significant in the transportation of household cleaning materials, as protecting humans and animals from these products is highly important. The packaging must furthermore – as far as possible – prevent any contamination, damage or other negative impact upon the environment and other goods.
Features of safe packaging
With the two packaging requirements in mind, the most important features therefore are for packaging to be strong, resistant and leakproof – especially during transportation and storage.
Although the safe transportation of packaged products is vital, we shouldn’t have to compromise the need for the transportation to be cost-effective. For a huge number of products, consequently, the best alternative for packaging is to choose plastic packaging. In the case of household chemicals such as air fresheners, liquid soaps and cleaning materials, plastic bottles or plastic dispensers can be optimal packaging solutions.
During transportation of large loads for delivery, instead of using glass bottles or glass containers, plastic packaging can be the cheapest and most risk free option. Not to mention; the weight of plastic packaging is significantly less than that of other material such as glass.
Overall it can be said that having safe packaging for products is one of the key elements of manufacturing and trading. The product itself has to be packaged safely, as well as the product protecting its surroundings, regardless of whether it’s harmful or not.
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