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All About Rigid Plastic

February 18, 2014|BY: Rob Helmke

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At Plastic Ingenuity, we offer many different types of rigid plastics for all types of consumers’ needs. Wondering what rigid plastic actually is, though? Here, we outline the basics of rigid plastic, as well as some of its many perks.

Protection and durability

One of the biggest advantages of rigid plastic is its protection. Whether it’s clamshell food containers or cell phone packaging, rigid plastic can ensure your product is delivered just as it was intended. This thermoformed plastic is resistant to the elements, keeping outside debris from the product, so you don’t have to worry about the product becoming damaged. In addition to providing protection for your products, hard, rigid plastic also can be extremely durable.

Variety of substrates

No matter your plastic packaging needs, there is a substrate for you. From durable and lightweight PET plastics to heavy-duty HDPE, a talented manufacturer can help you determine the material that will be most cost-effective while fitting your product’s needs.

Variety of shapes

Thanks to custom thermoforming molds, rigid thermoformed plastic can be molded in a virtually-unlimited number of unique shapes. Whether small like a yogurt cup or large like a salad container, rigid plastic can be molded to a variety of options.  While common options include stock packaging like takeout containers, rigid plastic can be shaped to uncommon shapes, too, drawing in more interest and setting your product apart from the pack.

Increased recycling capabilities

Before, recycling was more limited to only certain types and numbers of plastic. Now, though, rigid plastic, like to-go clamshell food containers, are being accepted much more for recycling purposes. Cities like New York have already embraced recycling efforts for containers like these, with many other cities to undoubtedly follow its lead.

We love rigid plastic packaging for all the benefits it offers consumers, its versatility and its ever-advancing recycling possibilities. What are your thoughts on rigid plastic? Do you use it for your company’s products? What success have you had with it? Let us know on our Facebook or Twitter pages.