In response to consumer trends, plastic packaging manufacturers are designing travel-sized, grab-and-go packages for food, over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics. Sales of smaller, single-serving portions are increasing among one- and two-person households, budget-conscious shoppers and those who prefer healthy options. Advancements in plastic compounding and additives make for safe and cost-effective travel-sized packages.
Inventors originally intended many of the world’s most revolutionary polymer-based products to be used in wholly different ways. As consumers, we use some of the repurposed inventions so frequently that we can’t imagine any other uses. Manufacturers, researchers and inventors still need to try to foresee unintended uses because some misuses can result in lawsuits.
When consumers spend their hard-earned money, they want to make sure their purchase won’t crack upon impact or crumble under pressure. With a history of being tough yet ductile, plastic is often the material of choice for brand owners looking for a long-lasting solution. Plastic is often tough enough, but the addition of impact modifiers gives products the extra strength and protection they need to stand strong against almost any threat.
Everything made of plastic is vulnerable to the suns harmful UV rays. Your plastic Adirondacks, outdoor bar stools, corn hole set and grill accessories can’t fight the dangerous combination of UV radiation and air on their own. With the help of UV packages, plastic products have an excellent long-term defense against photodegradation. UV packages inhibit or absorb the UV light, which dissipates the excess energy and prevents the creation of free radicals.
First impressions are important in retail. Whether you are trying to tempt new customers into splurging or maintaining your loyal fan base, packaging gives you the power. First impressions are lasting, even if they are eventually disproven by facts. Plastic additives help you make the perfect first impression by foiling dust bunnies, keeping vital information from being washed right off the label and saying goodbye to bad odors. These additives are only a few of the many great options for plastic packaging.
To grab attention at the point of purchase, consumer brands need to break through the clutter of competing products and messages. We are bombarded every day with ads and messages, so consumer brand companies need a differentiator to separate themselves from the visual clutter online, in print and in broadcast media.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is empowered, by way of strict regulations and a watchful eye, to help protect consumer safety. Companies failing to adhere to the FDA’s rules and regulations are subject to serious penalties. FDA experts have determined a fine line for safety, which is often fudged with the help of rule 21 CFR 170.39, better known as the “housewares exemption.” But when public safety is called into question, the FDA will invoke its power to protect consumers from unsafe food. To be safe, contact a food regulatory service attorney to verify your FDA compliance.
Plastic containers used for pharmaceutical products, food packaging and many other consumer uses are prone to microbial contamination and biofilm formation. Microorganisms such as mold, mildew, algae and even yeast can impair the service life of untreated plastic containers. MicroBlok®, an additive produced by Plastics Color Corp., helps inhibit the advance of bacteria, fungi and other microbes on treated surfaces. This greatly reduces stains, odors and product deterioration that can occur in plastic containers.
Plastic is everywhere in our lives, yet few of us understand what they are or the processes required to transform raw materials into products we can use. Beginning with the resin stage, we look at how colors and functional additives can be introduced to achieve the properties desired for the end-use product. We also examine consumer goods packaging, detailing which resins are used, the qualities of the particular resins and the final product usage.
In the high-growth consumer electronics market, plastics play a variety of roles, making our personal lives easier, safer, less expensive, and more fun. Lightweight, durable, attractive, and cost-effective plastics are used in most small appliances, including coffee makers, irons, mixers, can openers, hair dryers, and shavers. Appliances such as microwave ovens and food processors use plastics to offer consumers unprecedented convenience. And all refrigerators today are insulated with thermal-efficient plastic foam, and their interiors are made of durable, easy-to-clean plastics.