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Date added: 2017-03-20 Reasons Behind The Increased Use of Glass In Packaging
Glass containers, jars, bottles, cases, boxes and more: the use of glass in packaging has maintained its reign. Although many different types of - often cheaper - packaging material have been introduced, glass has never lost its appeal and status, thanks to the unrivaled aesthetics and brilliance of glass bottles, containers, jars and even cases. When looking for something elegant, stylish and attractive, we look no further than glass.
The popularity of glass packaging has increased two fold in the last few years. Much research is being carried out to determine the reasons behind the popularity and increasing use of glass in packaging, when so many other cheap and effective packaging solutions are easily available.
Use of Glass in Food Packaging
Glass containers can be purchased in different sizes, shapes and designs, with each catering to a specific purpose or occasion. Glass has several benefits which have helped it to increase its popularity as a favoured material for food packaging.
Glass bottles are a popular choice for food packaging. It’s said that glass bottles are the only way to ensure delicious taste, as glass bottles help to preserve the flavour of products for a longer period than other types of packaging allow. The reason is simple: glass is nonporous, so doesn’t let the contents come into contact with other chemicals or glass.
Consumers prefer glass containers for food storage as they keep moisture out of the packaged food. The food stays safe, taste is retained and it remains fresher for longer. Glass, unlike plastic, doesn’t erode with time and prevents food from contamination. This helps to keep the product protected and ensures continued customer preference as a result of the great taste and safe food storage that glass affords.
Glass is Healthier
A recent study has revealed that glass packaging is both healthier and safer for consumers. Plastic can melt when exposed to heat, which is extremely risky for food products as chemicals can leak from the plastic into the food. This doesn’t happen with glass.
Plastic containers also pose a risk of higher BPA levels. BPA tends to seep slowly from the container and can contaminate food packaged inside. Glass, on the other hand, has no such associated risks.
When glass is used, concerns about contaminants and chemicals are eliminated. Glass containers and jars are prepared using natural materials, including soda ash, limestone and sand. Glass is therefore the only packing material considered to be completely safe by the FDA. This natural composition also means that glass is chemically inert, and as such creates a barrier between the product stored inside and any chemicals. The risk of contamination is reduced and products stay fresher for longer periods of time.
In addition to the food safety and health benefits that glass offers, its popularity can also be attributed to its attractiveness. Glass enhances the design and style of any container or jar, and it is these qualities that has enabled it to remain such a favoured material. The reputation and popularity of glass is expected to continue in years to come.