Packaging materials

Three reasons why packaging materials are essential for your business

Mo Kassaby

Food packaging, cosmetics packaging, electronics packaging, or clothing packaging are all packaging materials with a purpose.

Remember the last thing you purchased for a second. Was it something you had to consume, use, apply, or wear?

Could you describe the first impression of the product's packaging? What picture springs to mind? Do you consider the design, safety, aesthetics, or short-term use as a container for contents?

More often than not, we tend not to pay attention to the packaging our products come in. Sometimes business owners need to be more conscious of how essential packaging materials are for their business. 

What are packaging materials?

Packaging materials are, for the lack of a better word, the final presentation of products when they are now available to customers. They act as the face of a company and a protective shield against any possible damage or loss. Also, packaging materials are simply needed to ensure that products are properly packed and ready to go. 

Packaging materials come in various forms, and these include the following:

  • Corrugated boxes
  • Stretch film 
  • Bubble wrap 
  • Tape (rubber, acrylic, etc.) 
  • Shrink film 
  • Polybags 
  • Roll bags 
  • Bundling film 
  • Strapping 
  • Courier bags 
  • Bubble bags 
  • And many more 

Why do we need packaging materials?

We need packaging materials for numerous reasons, some of which are listed below. 

  • We need them for the protection of goods 
  • The main objective of packaging is to safeguard its contents from any harm that might occur during handling, storage, and transportation. Throughout the whole logistical chain, from the manufacturer to the final user, packaging keeps the goods in perfect condition.

    It shields the goods from moisture, light, heat, and other outside elements. As a result, it is common for there to be far more packaging than tangible goods. Specifically when purchasing things from internet retailers.

    The product might leave behind an incredible amount of packing waste. Overall, packaging serves to protect, but there is a distinction between intelligently and skilfully made packaging that meets a design appropriate for its intended use.

  • Some packaging materials help with sustainability. 
  • When purchasing, more and more customers are considering the carbon footprint, reusability, and recyclability of the packaging materials. The more positively it affects sales figures, the more sustainable packaging is deemed to be.

    Packaging design plays a crucial part in determining how simple it is to separate the materials from one another and, consequently, how simple it is to reuse and recycle the packaging. Getting more out of fewer conserves resources and reduces the number of products consumers must manage correctly.

  • They make product use more functional due to their usability 
  • Customers expect highly practical, "life-saving", and user-friendly packaging. The only person who can evaluate a package's usability is its consumers. Some consumer demands will be met by packaging that's easy to open and fold and can be recycled or reused. Also, the excellent design improves usability. 

    Final thoughts

    TMS Packaging is a one-stop shop for all your packaging needs. Browse our website to get more information about the different packaging materials we have to offer and more.