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What Are Clamshells? Food Packaging And Beyond

Deep-fried, boiled, or on the half shell. No matter how you eat them, one thing remains the same. Plastic clamshell containers taste absolutely awful! But, they make really great food packaging supplies.   All references to our salty seafaring friends aside, the packaging containers known as clamshells do, in fact, resemble their ocean-dwelling namesakes.   In the wide world of packaging, clamshells are a type of plastic container commonly used in food packaging applications. They can be found in supermarkets, gas station food-marts, grab-and-go food bars, and various other food retailing institutions.   Clamshells are a type of carded packaging. Carded packaging is a collection of packaging materials that generally feature two components. These components included backers made from plastic, skin-board, or paperboard and front-facing materials made of various plastic formulations.   Clamshells come from the same family of packaging materials like blister packs and skin packs. These easy-to-seal containers are ubiquitous. Chances are, you have seen them out in the wild.   Industrial Packaging has helped various types of food packaging companies implement these containers. In this article, we will take a deep-dive into the ocean of carded packaging. And we will explore the natural habitat of these flexible plastic containers.   With the information in this article, you will be able to decide if clamshell packaging makes sense for your product packaging needs or not.

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What Are The Different Types Of Packaging Materials?

Are you entering the world of product packaging? If so, there are many items to consider and educate yourself on. One of the essential things to consider during this time is choosing the right type of packaging materials.   When you are looking to package a product, you need to decide which type of material you want to use. But, what material should you choose? Plastic, metal, cardboard, paperboard, foil, shrink film, bio-plastics, boxes, clamshells, or something else?   Once you have explored your options, you can choose the best material(s) for your packaging needs. But, you need to understand which supplies are appropriate for your applications.   Industrial Packaging has been selling, running, and consulting on packaging materials for generations. We know the entire realm of packaging materials inside and out.    This article will show you some of the packaging materials currently available. We will help you understand each option. Then, you can make an educated decision on which material is suitable for your products.   We're going to dive into several different types of packaging materials below. Each section will detail what the packaging material is made of and when it's best to use.   Each type of material is linked to a more in-depth article. These articles will offer a deeper exploration of that particular type of material.

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Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

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Creative Ways To Recycle Corrugated Boxes And Find Sustainable Alternatives

In our digitally connected world, we go through quite a lot of corrugated boxes. Just Amazon alone ships millions of packages to customers all over the world.   Do you have empty cardboard boxes sitting unused in your house somewhere? Yeah, me too! You are probably wondering what to do with them, right? I mean, sure you could toss them in the recycling bin and hope that they actually get recycled.   But, with contamination issues in single-stream recycling, how do you know if they are really getting recycled? Single stream recycling is the most widespread recycling platform in the USA. For consumers who use it, here is how it works.   Consumers are given two bins from their waste management vendor. The vendor drops off one bin for trash and one bin for recycling. All recyclable materials are tossed into the recycling bin. The waste management company picks up the bin and transports the materials. They deliver the materials to a warehouse. In the warehouse, the materials are sorted for recycling.   This is where contamination becomes an issue. Any materials that are contaminated with food particles, liquids, or other contaminants are sent to a landfill. Many consumers do not properly clean and dry the materials before putting them in the recycling bin. When this happens, any contaminated materials end up in a landfill.   When it comes to contamination issues,  you could always just throw these materials in the trash. But, do you really want to do that? Corrugated cardboard that ends up in the landfill takes up a lot of space. It produces tons of methane, which is one of the most destructive greenhouse gasses known today.   Wouldn't it be cool if there was something else that you could do with all those empty boxes? Something besides just throwing them away? What if there was a way to reuse the boxes? Perhaps there is another way to recycle them with the assurance that they will be recycled.   What if you could turn all those boxes into something useful, or even, a work of art? Are there ways that we can be putting these empty containers to better use?   Well, the short answer is YES!   From charitable causes like Give Back Box, to artisanal expressions of high art and pop-culture, there are many different things you can do to reuse and recycle all those empty cardboard boxes.   With over sixty-five years in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging is no stranger to corrugated boxes. We know the complications in recycling that comes with this type of packaging. But, we also have some pretty awesome ways for you to repurpose those boxes.   We also know about the various sustainable alternatives to corrugated boxes. These can help make your packaging more environmentally friendly.   In this article, we will explore some of the charitable and creative ways that you can reduce, reuse, and recycle corrugated boxes. Additionally, we provide an exploration of some of the sustainable alternatives to cardboard boxes.

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Should I Package My Products In Shrink Film? Pros And Cons

Are you a seasoned veteran in packaging or a start-up getting ready to package your products? Either way, finding the appropriate packaging for your products, is essential.   Today, there are thousands of packaging materials to choose from. You have rigid packaging, flexible packaging, and specialized options in between. There are countless packaging supplies to consider.   You will likely have more than a few reasons for looking into using shrink film (also known as shrink wrap). There are many reasons why you would want to choose shrink wrap. Shrink wrap (which is different from stretch film) is commonly chosen over other materials.   Industrial Packaging has sold hundreds of thousands of rolls of film. We’ve coached thousands of happy customers on how to select the right type of film.   It may seem like a simple process to buy rolls of shrink wrap. But, there is a lot to consider before choosing shrink wrap as your packaging material. This article will help you understand why you would want to package your products in shrink film.   First, we’ll dive into three primary considerations. These are things you need to be thinking about when it comes to using shrink wrap. Then, we’ll talk about the pros and cons and where it’s best to buy this material.

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

When Does The Use Of Compostable Packaging Materials Make Sense?

Various trends in the realm of packaging are expected to be hot-button topics in the new year. One of these topics is sustainable, recyclable, and environmentally friendly packaging materials.   There has been a growing demand from consumers worldwide for companies to seriously consider the shift from single-use plastics to what many consider to be more environmentally friendly materials.   But, as many consumers are slowly finding out, what is actually "environmentally friendly" and what is not can often be confused. This is the result of various forms of green-washing and carefully crafted corporate marketing materials.   So, how do you know this article itself is not in fact a green-washing attempt? Well, for one thing, we are going to show you how compostable packaging materials can be properly implemented. We will show you how they can be earth-friendly alternatives while also providing other sustainable packaging options for those you who are unable compost properly. In the end, you can decide for yourself.   One of these future potential packaging materials is compostable items such as biodegradable shrink films, biodegradable flexible pouches, and various other types of bio-plastic materials, which are often made at least in part, from plants.   This article will help you identify when compostable packaging materials may make sense for you and those situations in which traditional packaging materials are the more environmentally-friendly choice.

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Blister Packs: Paperboard Backers VS Plastic Backers

Perhaps you have been packaging your products in blister packs for many years and are looking to see if there are any new updates to blister packaging technology. Or, maybe you are a start-up looking to package your first-ever product in blister packs and are curious about this type of packaging and its related items.   Generally speaking, there are two types of blister packs. Those that have a paperboard backer and those that have a plastic backer. When thinking about using blister packs to package your products, you will generally have to choose between one of these two options.   But which backer is better for you? Does one work better than the other? Which one is better for the environment? Does it really make a difference which one you choose?   These are just a few of the questions you likely have running through your head while you are pondering packaging your products with blister packs.   Industrial Packaging has helped countless clients implement carded packaging solutions such as blister packs for many different types of applications. Through our many years of experience with the different kinds of blister packs available, we will be able to help you choose the one that is right for your products.   In this article, we will explore the differences between blister packs and the materials commonly used to create the backers for this type of packaging material. We will also assist you in choosing the appropriate blister pack backers for your unique packaging needs.

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