Have you ever wondered why drinks are packaged in glass, metal, or plastic? There are a few attributes involved in choosing the right packaging for your beverage. For example, package weight, recyclability, perishability, clarity, durability, frangibility, dimensional stability, and heat resistance are the most significant attributes. They play a role in the selection process. In addition, these luxury presentation boxes are increasingly available in many luxury boxes, including hard and magnetic closures. This section examines the properties and feasibility of three key beverage materials: plastic, glass, and metal. There are various bottles suitable for use in the case.
Suitable for liquid packaging.
Which packaging is best for you ultimately depends on the product type in the first step. We often forget that packaging not only fulfills important functions such as protection, storage, and transportation but also information functions such as ingredients, sugar content, expiration dates, barcodes, and one-way labels,” Feininger noted.
The maximum loading capacity of each truck is up to 38 tons. Generally speaking, the lighter the package, the more liters the truck can carry. For example, a glass bottle weighs 500 grams, while a single-use plastic bottle weighs only 25 grams. It is why the glass bottle is separated. Therefore, glass bottles and single-use plastic bottles are separated.
Especially in the case of glass bottles, the bottles are transported. On the other hand, the companies transport beverages first to their destination. It makes shipping more efficient. The packaging shape also plays an important role.
Correct packaging ensures the safe handling of liquids.
There are two types of plastic bottles. Recyclable plastic bottles have thicker walls than single-use plastic bottles. Environmentalists demonize all plastic types, but plastic bottles have better environmental balance than their reputation. Therefore, a decisive factor in the correct choice of packaging in terms of sustainability is the transport route length. If the transport route from the gas station to the supermarket is not very long, recycled bottles are the best option.
Roland-Ferringer said: “In the life cycle assessment of reusable bottles, the transport route and the number of uses is equally important. For a correct life cycle assessment, returnable glass bottles should be recycled 15 -20 times, recyclable plastic bottles are recycled at least 8-10 times. Recycled bottles rarely complete their life cycle, and even recyclable bottles have a low life cycle balance.
Types of beverage packaging products
Did you know that plastic bottles have a shelf life to ensure products meet the brand taste and consistency requirements? Plastic bottles have a shelf life but are shorter than glass or metal containers of the same size. However, due to improvements in processing technology, barrier properties, and shorter lead times, we can now meet bottle shelf life in many applications.
Beverage PET bottles can be easily formed. For pressurized products like soft drinks, it is difficult to maintain the shape of the package under high internal pressure. However, technological innovations, processing techniques, and improved materials allow plastics to be shaped into almost any shape under pressure. Plastic bottles are clear, lightweight, refillable, and drip-proof. Recycling plastics is limited, but improvements in technology increase the percentage that can be recycled.
Glass liquid beverage packaging
Glass is a classic material. In Egypt, glass was also used as a container. As a packaging material, glass is heavier than metal or plastic. However, its long life, high print quality, and low cost make it a competitive starting material. On the other hand, glass bottles have a high recycling rate, with 60-80% of new glass bottles made from scrap. Glass is often the preferred filler material because it can withstand high washing temperatures and can be reused many times.
Glass packaging is favored for its excellent clarity and barrier properties. It can prolong the life of the package. Glass packaging is preferred for its transparency and barrier properties. They extend the package life without carbon dioxide loss or the ingress of oxygen. The adhesive on the outside of these packages can be customized. It means that custom boxes are also possible.
New processes and coatings improve the fragility of glass bottles. Substantial weight reduction and reinforcement technologies make the glass more durable and the custom rigid box packaging more suitable for consumers. Dimensional stability is an important factor in packaging.
Metal cans for liquid beverages
Metal cans have unique properties for beverages. They are important in terms of weight, recyclability, and safety. New machining techniques have made casting possible, but it is expensive and limited to small market applications. Metals retain light, store carbon dioxide, are sensitive to oxygen, and hold beverages well. This material is very useful for making cold drinks. It means it can pass cold air well.