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Tin vs Plastic Packaging

Tin vs plastic packaging

Tin vs Plastic Packaging: Which is Better?

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In this article, we shall explore the benefits of tin packaging, the disadvantages of plastic, and a comparison of the two. Let’s get started.

As people all around the world turn towards ethical practices like sustainability, there is the question of packaging and how it affects our environment. Most product packaging aims to be easy to recycle and biodegradable. However, harmful materials like plastic are still widely used to package many products.

Plastic containers and packaging remain one of the most dangerous materials for the environment as well as for human beings. Studies show that plastics can take up to 500 years to breakdown, but they do not actually decompose.

The Advantages of Tin packaging

Let’s take a look at the benefits of utilizing tin packaging for your products.

Tin is a Good Material for Preserving Contents

Tin is a strong material that protects its inner contents from physical damage, shields your product from light, keeps out moisture when properly sealed, is stackable, and prevents the exchange of fresh oxygen that is harmful for many food products. In summary, tin packaging protects products, delays spoilage and can be beautifully designed and printed.  These are but a few great reasons for tin packaging. 

Tin is Recyclable

Think about the last time you opened a package wrapped in paper or plastic. Chances are that you threw the torn-up packaging in the nearest trash can. When it comes to tin packaging, your customers will find good utilitarian use for the attractive tin containers once the contents have been consumed.  We call this the branding gift that keeps on giving.  Tin containers can be used to store food items in the pantry, jewelry, office products, vitamins for your purse or pocket, sewing supplies, and many more uses.  Most importantly, after its long and useful life, tin is 100% recyclable.

Tin Packaging is Convenient

Tin packaging is convenient and easy to use, sturdy and strong, very air-tight, attractive and appealing.  Additionally tin packaging is light-weight and convenient to handle. Tin packaging is lightweight and easy to transport.  Weight is an important factor in determining shipping costs especially after your product has been placed inside the tin containers.  Tin packaging will also save energy costs with the reduced rates of transportation. 

The Negative Impact of Plastic Packaging

Now that we have looked at the benefits of tin packaging, let’s consider plastic packaging?  Plastic is one of the most dangerous materials for the environment. Let’s explore why.

Plastic Takes Long to Degrade

Plastic is bad for the environment in many ways. First of all, plastics are petroleum by-products.   Most plastic ends up in a landfill or in our oceans. In a landfill, plastics can literally last forever.  Plastics do not decompose even though some estimates state that plastics will decompose in about 500 years.   In our oceans, the devastation seems even worse.  It is estimated that 100 million marine animals die each year from plastic waste alone. 100,000 marine animals annually die from getting entangled in plastic and these are just the creatures that are found and documented.

Plastic is Harmful to Inner Contents and To People

Plastic poses known dangers to the products that are placed inside plastic containers and packaging.  Packaging foodstuffs in plastic containers can cause the toxic components of plastic to leach into food and cause health risks. For example, phthalates, which are used in the production of PVC plastic, are known to be highly toxic.  Heating plastics in the microwave may cause chemicals to leach into your foods. Some of these chemicals have been linked to health problems such as metabolic disorders (including obesity) and reduced fertility. This leaching can occur even faster and to a greater degree when plastic is exposed to heat.

Final Thoughts

In this article, we have taken a look at tin vs. plastic packaging. Suffice to say, tin is the superior option for packaging products. Tin King USA offers wholesale tin packaging for many uses, as well as child-resistant tin packaging for packaging that is required by law to protect children, but is easy to use for seniors.  Call Tin King USA for product packaging that is safe for their products, safe for their customers, safe for the environment and is 100% recyclable. 

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