16 Oct 5 of the most common packaging materials in the world
Annual Packaging costs for products bought and sold throughout the world are several billions of dollars. It is estimated that 10% of the overall cost of all retail products is packaging costs. Companies spend millions of dollars using packaging as a form of marketing to attract customers while products are on the shelf.
There are a large variety of materials and containers that are used for packaging. Below is a list of the most common packaging materials used all over the world.
Paperboard and fiberboard are used in both primary and secondary packaging for companies throughout the world. Paper is used for making a large variety of thinner packaging products including labels, Kraft paper, paper bags, butcher paper, and more.
Paperboard is thicker and more durable than a standard paper material. Paperboard is often used in primary packaging. Paperboard is used for milk and juice cartons, cereal boxes, frozen food boxes, candy boxes and more. Paperboard offers slightly more product protection than a paper material and less than fiberboard.
Derived from polyethylene, high-density polyethylene and polyethylene terephthalate are harder and more rigid plastics than other plastics. Both materials offer excellent moisture resistance while maintaining a rigid protective structure. Some of the most common uses for HDPE and PET are bottles and Jugs.
Low-density polyethylene and Linear low-density polyethylene are flexible packaging materials used for primary and secondary products around the world. Each material is soft to the touch and often offers excellent puncture resistance.
Linear Low-Density polyethylene is often thinner than LDPE and is commonly used in the packaging industry for stretch wrap to be used around pallets of packaged products. LLDPE is extremely flexible and stretchability.
Aluminum packaging is used for a variety of applications throughout the world. The most commonly used and recognized application for aluminum packaging are aluminum cans and containers. According to the Aluminum Association, more than 7 billion foil cans and containers are produced annually. Though the use of aluminum for cans is prominent, there are several other uses for aluminum packaging.
Foil packaging is used in medical, food, beverage, cosmetic and many other industries as a barrier protector. The foil helps to protect products from moisture, sunlight, and other external elements. Foil packaging is often used with an adhesive to protect and preserve unopened products while on the shelf.
Though the PE plastic market has consumed some of the glass packaging market, glass packaging still holds a significant market share within the packaging industry. Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic drinks make up a large portion of the glass packaging market. Other industries that consistently use glass packaging are cosmetics and personal care, food and condiments, and even home decor and candles.