There are many new innovations being made in the world of packaging and more and more people are taking up this industry seriously. It is the backbone to several other industries which produce delicate goods which are hugely dependant on the packaging they have to ensure they reach the retail stores safely.
Many modern packaging concepts aim at biodegradable and eco-friendly packaging to meet the growing demand for sustainable packaging and waste reduction. The accuracy of net weight of the product inside the packaging is another major concern for the 21st century packaging industry.
Thermoplastic is a material that is gaining in popularity. Thermoplastic responds to heat, whether to conform to the shape of the packaged product or to create an air tight seal. There are various designs and sizes of thermoplastic packaging, including bags and sheets. The bags made from thermoplastic are durable and cost-effective, especially at scale.
More goods are being shipped, not just from manufacturers to distributors to retailers, but now more than ever to end consumers all over the U.S.; not to mention the growth in international shipping. The weight of the packaging materials greatly affects the cost of the product and thus is kept at a minimum. Low-density packaging options are now available in the form of hardened polymer foams, press-formed fiber, and multi-ply bags.
Many industries are ready to pay a lot more on the packaging front if their products have unique packaging needs. Retail packaging can also have a psychological effect on consumers, causing them to choose one product over a nearly identical one. The packaging industry is hence employing industrial designers to produce attractive packaging options with multiple functions, and which are easy to open and dispose.
The biodegradable, compostable Sun Chips bag made quite a ruckus with its loud crinkling sound, but the company was nonetheless lauded for its attempts to reduce landfill waste. Biodegradable packaging is quickly becoming a winning option among eco-conscious consumers. These designs can incorporate conventional materials like recycled paper fiber into new forms, such as Saltwater Brewery’s edible six-pack rings for beer, or polylactic acid plastic substitutes as with the aforementioned Sun Chips bags.
In short, it can be observed that the packaging industry is being revolutionized in a large scale in every way. There are many business owners who are willing to pay for new technologies and designs provided they can help reduce packaging costs, shipping costs, wastage, or even increase value to their customers.