30 December 2015 //
Personal care products aren’t typically designed with secondary packaging processes in mind. Machinery using low-density polyethylene (LDPE), however, has the ability to package these products with effectiveness and ease. Watch the video to learn more.
We consider secondary packaging—you take a bag. That’s the primary packaging, the bag. The secondary package is either the corrugated box or the bundling film that puts that together to be stacked on a pallet and go through distribution.
We’re low-density polyethylene, so our machinery is normally making packages for distribution, for unitization—for that type of thing.
Now, obviously for some protection type things, you know, like the items that have end caps from various materials, and then they’re shrunk to hold those end caps on. Polyethylene is lending a dust cover and something to hold all of the package together very effectively and cost effectively, too.
There are many other products that could benefit from polyethylene secondary packaging. But most packages aren’t developed with a view to secondary packaging. They’re developed and designed purely for visual appeal.
We’ve had customers that have come to us and said, “We really don’t know how you’re going to bundle this, or how you’re going to handle it.” What they call a “tottle,” a cross between a tube and a bottle, they’re extremely difficult to handle.
I mean, we worked out a way of doing it and we have more machines out there doing it, but I’m sure when that package was developed they didn’t really think about how it was going to be packaged or distributed. That was not part of their focus. They just wanted something that looked good, and you know—you could grip it and squeeze it to get the material out.
It probably wouldn’t look as visually good, but it could have been designed and developed so that it would have been easier to package. It wouldn’t have needed so much secondary or even tertiary packaging after that to get it to the consumer. It is an issue, especially in personal care.