By Mohan Naik
Every industry is extremely reliant on product packaging. This is especially true for the food industry, as it is extremely important for food and other consumable products to be packed in materials that do not compromise the integrity and quality of the product within it. When it comes to food packaging, plastic packaging has shown promising results in terms of functionality and its ability to provide innovative packaging solutions that are durable and work for longer periods of time. Take a look at some of the many benefits plastic packaging has to offer:
- Durable Material
Plastic packaging allows manufacturers and customers alike to experience enhanced shelf-life of various products that would otherwise be very difficult to store. Not only can plastic be moulded as per the requirements of the food manufacturer, but many a times, it can also be used and reused over a period of time. The durability of plastic offers is especially beneficial when it comes to transportation of food.
- Retains Food Quality
The flexibility and durability plastic packaging offer also provides a significant advantage when it comes to keeping the contents of the package intact. For instance, plastic packaging can help preserve the flavor, texture and nutrients of the food products stored within, while preventing the absorption of bad odors and flavors, such as ‘freezer burns’.
- Reduces Chances of Contamination
Plastic is a non-permeable substance and thus avoids the chances of contamination once it’s sealed and maintains the integrity of the food item until the intended date of consumption. Plastic polythene bags not only keep the food items within it from chemical and biological damage. In fact, while it protects the food contents from the external gases, thus saving it from reactions such as oxidation, it also protects the food from the millions of microorganisms and pathogens present in the environment. For instance, ultrathin plastic film can be used to protect fruits and vegetables from damage by blocking transmission of gases and prevents the chances of suffering from infections and diseases due to contamination.
Plastic is a very versatile material. This benefits both manufacturers and consumers as its adaptability allows manufacturers to create a variety of storage options that can cater to a variety of consumer needs. It can be conveniently designed into many different shapes and sizes and make it as user-friendly as possible.
These days there is a global shift of consumer patterns that indicate a heightened sense of sustainability among consumers and manufacturers. In the day and age of zero waste, plastic packaging offers a convenient re-usable storage option while its other counterparts for instance paper and plant based packaging options can only be used once and require a higher numbers of resources to manufacture. The durability that plastic offers also allows for ease of upcyling, thereby reducing the quantity that will end up in landfills.
With time, plastic has managed to become one of the most popular packaging options. In fact, plastic has come a long way over the years, in terms of application as well as its production process. Considering the host of benefits plastic has to offer, plastic manufacturing units are now putting solid efforts into researching viable ways of producing plastic while reducing the negative impacts of its production process. Now, we have environmentally friendly plastic products such as BPA-free plastic and bio-degradable plastic. And this is just the beginning!
Author Bio: Mohan Naik oversees the digital marketing for XL Plastics, a leading name in the field of plastic converting machinery. On a mission to help entrepreneurs make a high quality choice that delivers value, he efficiently turns even the most technical topics into interesting and engaging content that even a layman can comprehend. He writes to educate his audience and skillfully uses marketing to incite interest even in the most passive of readers. He stays updated with the latest trends and innovations in the industry and is quick to share that with his readers.