LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GLASS PACKAGING INDUSTRY
In ancient times, food was produced and consumed locally so there was no need for packaging. But as the civilizations grew, the need to contain, protect and transport food supplies became critical. The functions of modern-day packaging go beyond containing, protecting and preserving products. It also includes functions to communicate, promote and transact products and glass as a medium of packaging has provided man with the ease of storing products with all safety. Glass industry saw an evolution with a ban of plastic around the world. By this time companies shifted their demands from plastic to glass packaging as a matter of health safety. Also, the people around the world gained more preference for glass as a means of packaging rather than plastic. With the increasing demand for glass, there was an evolution in the glass packaging industry outlook and a range of developments took place in the industry.
1. NEW LIGHTWEIGHT GLASS PACKAGING
Lightweight glass making technique was introduced with a long-term perspective in order to enable the buyer to carry it easily without any essential burden and weight. Specifically for traveling this kind of packaging is ideal as it enables the respected person to carry any product safely without any danger of breaking or leakage and that too in a medium of lightweight packaging. This smart packaging has helped people to carry and store products with a minimal amount of weight.
2. CUSTOMIZED GLASS BOTTLES AND CONTAINERS
Customization enables a buyer to create and innovate his/her own glass bottle design as per requirement. Such machines are introduced which are capable of producing glass bottles and jars in a wide variety of heights, weights, diameters and design styles such as unique textures and embossing. Each glass bottle can become a fancy glass bottle as per demand.
3. GLASS-CUTTING – EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY
Technology has also changed the glass packaging industry outlook to a great extent. Various glass making technique was introduced which made this type of packaging corrosion and thermal shock resistant. Also, this type of smart glass reflects, bend, transmits and absorb light. In fact, it is designed in a way that it has anti-reflection properties and technologies for clean energy generation.
4. ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY PACKAGING / ECOLOGY BOTTLES
With an unlimited recyclable life, glass ranks high on parameters laid down for the environment’s most desired packaging type. For every ton of recycled glass, a ton of natural resources is saved, while reducing carbon dioxide emission by a ton with every six tons of glass containers recycled. The glass making techniques followed for this kind of packaging are environment-friendly, pure and healthy. Ecology bottles are made with reusing mixed colored cullet and are an excellent form of packaging for the new recycling age.
5. “R” MARK BOTTLES (REUSE)
“R” mark bottles are specifically designed for reuse. These bottles are designed to conserve natural resources. They are made in a way as to be used again after the actual product consumption. The bottles have an “R” mark on them which signifies as reuse.