From PET to ABS, we've covered a lot of ground in our first blog series—and a lot of plastic! If you've followed along, you've learned that while there are plenty of materials you can work with, none of them are perfect. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, both in production and as far as the consumer is concerned. When you know the ins and outs of all of them, though, you're well-equipped to choose the material that's best-suited for your needs.
Once you get past the basic types of PET plastics, you get into the modified copolymers—these are PET plastics that have been treated with something that changes its structure. Today, I want to introduce PETG plastic, otherwise known as polyethylene terephthalate - glycol modified.
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.
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.
Thermoformed packaging is a complicated discipline that requires a great deal of understanding of materials, and the actual methods used to create the package. Plastic vacuum forming is one of the most simplified of these methods. This process generally mimics many of the thermoforming principles, with potential cost saving measures for the client.
By finding the best way of displaying items for consumers, retailers can ensure that their product sales will increase by attracting and keeping shoppers. Custom packaging provides the customer with a variety of options that can present their brand while keeping the product safe until purchase. With packaging methods available to hold a variety of items, each container can easily be customized according to its size, shape, and special characteristics.
Every person and every business has a unique personality. Families with a large number of children often comment on how each child has a unique disposition. Businesses are the same. A review of any industry segment provides hypersensitive cases where not only do these entities have unique personalities, but also strategies to actively separate each competitor from the others so customers recognize the best in the field. It's all done in the name of brand recognition.