10 Facts about Packaging

Everyday we learn more interesting facts about the packaging industry and realise there is so much more to just using boxes to ship products. There is so much more to it and we have gathered our favourite packaging facts to enrich your knowledge!

  • How much packaging do you think you have contact with daily? You’d be surprised to find out that most us handle over 50 types of packaging a day. This includes medicine bottles/boxes, shampoo and conditioner bottles, food boxes, drink bottles etc. the list is endless.
  • Coca-Cola are one of the most famous brands for their packaging and it’s not surprising to find out that 94% of the world’s population recognise their branding.
  • If you are a fan of lush then you may have heard of their ‘5 pot programme’ where on returning 5 of their product packaging you can receive a new face mask free of charge. However, what you may not know is if you are shopping online, Lush only offer fabric knot-wraps, cardboard boxes, metal tins, paper bags, biodegradable packing peanuts and compostable bioplastic baggies to ship all of their products.
  • According to a study 52% of online shoppers are likely to become returning customers if they receive personalised shipping packaging!
  • Did you know cardboard boxes are almost 120 years old?! The first cardboard box was patented in 1903 whilst cardboard was patented in 1856! It really has stood the test of time.
  • Apple’s packaging is known for its clean, minimalistic, and aesthetic look, however, little did we know how top secret their creative packaging designing is. It is so secret that they have a hidden room in their California headquarters dedicated just to their packaging!
  • Did you know that every year we dispose of enough wrapping paper to gift-wrap the entire island of Guernsey that is approximately 83 sq km that has ended up in UK waste.
  • Have you ever found it time-consuming to cook instant noodles? Well Korea’s leading noodle producer, Nongshim has created their packaging to withstand up to 100 degrees of heat, meaning that is safe for microwave use!
  • You may not know that when you smell that strong coffee aroma when you open a new jar of instant coffee that companies spray the lid of the jar to intensify the smell.
  • Did you know that your cardboard boxes are amazing at warding off germs? The layers of paper that are shaped into cardboard boxes are bonded at temperatures of up to 93 degrees which is hotter than most pathogens like E. coli and Salmonella can withstand. Therefore, most food packaging uses carboard so they can reduce the amount of bacteria spread compared to plastic.

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