blog    Plastic Ingenuity December 2012 Archive

Perfect Packaging Materials – Part 2: PET Plastics (cont’d)

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 | 0 comments

From our last blog post, you now know a little about polyethylene terephthalates, or PET plastics. You know that this type of plastic is a staple in food and beverage packaging. It’s also used in the packaging of plenty of other products, though not necessarily ones you want to eat or drink—PET is a mainstay for packaging things like cosmetics and cleaning chemicals. Just look at the recycling code on any PET plastic package, and you’ll see: It’s number one. Clear, Safe and Sturdy One of the reasons these plastics are so popular is that they’re attractive. When they’re processed properly, PET plastic packages are perfectly clear, giving consumers a pristine view of whatever they hold. And they aren’t just popular for their good looks, either. PET plastics are strong, and they hold up even in extreme temperatures. They’re durable, lightweight, and easy to recycle—all things that matter to today’s consumer, and a serious boon when you’re looking for a practical packing material. So PET plastics are versatile, recyclable, beautiful and lightweight. They can be thermoformed into innovative products, and...

Introducing New Blog Series: Perfect Packaging Materials

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 | 0 comments

Perfect Packaging Materials  There’s a wide variety of plastic types, but they all have something in common: They’re the heart of the packaging industry. The best plastic for you depends on your product, because they each have distinctive strengths that make them well-suited for one thing or another. Understanding these differences and knowing which are most commonly used in your industry will help you choose the best possible option for your product. To help explain the different types of plastic packaging materials available, PI will be starting a new blog series detailing these different products. We’ll explore the ins and outs of each type of plastic, sharing our industry expertise and giving you the best tools available when you’re looking for new packing materials.  We hope you’ll use these resources to stay informed about the packaging options available to you. Part 1: PET Plastics  PET/RPET/APET are all types of polyethylene terephthalates. And while they may not realize it, most people use some type of PET plastic every single day. PET plastics are the material that soda bottles and water bottles...

Six Reasons to Get SQF Certification

Posted by rhelmke on Food Packaging | Thursday, December 6th, 2012 | 1 comments

For those in the food industry, whether you’re a producer, trader or distributor, having the right certification can have a significant impact on your business. One often used certification in the food business is SQF – a certification program administered by the Safe Quality Food Institute. This program is an all-inclusive “food safety and quality management certification system” and can be applied to everyone in the food industry from farmers to those in the packaging solutions business. In addition, requiring SQF certification from suppliers helps protect your brand by ensuring your suppliers are focusing on hazard analysis, risk assessment and proactive prevention strategies. This, in turn, increases consumer confidence and loyalty.  No matter what end of the food supply chain your company may be on, here are six good reasons why you should get an SQF certification: Establishment – Having an SQF certification reassures those you conduct business with that you are a trusted company that adheres to the safety standards promulgated by SQFI. Accessibility – A certification will open more doors for your company. Many retailers or dispensers require...