Many businesses across many industries have used steel packaging for a very long time. So, why is this? Well, simply put: there are many benefits to using steel and metal packaging over other types of packaging such as plastic and cardboard. Whether it is the fact that it’s fully recyclable, that it’s incredibly strong and durable or that it’s very functional; there are many benefits to using steel packaging.
This blog will explain how you can use steel packaging to your advantage:
A major benefit from many businesses, especially with the trends of today, is that steel packaging is completely recyclable. As most of Australia has already banned the use of plastic bags and more and more trends are heavily focused on environmental sustainability, steel and metal packaging is starting to be used more in industrial packaging. Other types of packaging have a negative effect on the environment. Plastic packaging contains many harmful toxins that release into the environment and many other types of packaging are not biodegradable. However, steel packaging can have an almost never-ending lifecycle.
Here is a quick breakdown of the average lifecycle of steel and metal packaging items:
* The new sustainable steel packaging is manufactured from old steel products and packaging.
* It is then used to package home and food products and sent to stores.
* Consumers then purchase the product off the store shelf.
* Once consumed, steel packaging such as tin cans is then disposed of in a recycling bin.
* It is then collected and transported to steel mills or recycling centres to be repurposed.
* The steel is then turned into new steel and metal packaging, other steel products or for construction material, resulting in a continuous lifecycle.
Apart from harmful, dangerous and hazardous products, steel packaging is also ideal for food products. Steel and metal packaging such as tin cans have many benefits including preserving or extending the shelf life of food and beverage products. Steel packaging also undergoes a sterilisation process which ensures that the food product inside is protected from harmful and potentially deadly threats such as E-coli and other forms of bacteria. This means that the product can be safely consumed straight from the tin.
Steel packaging is also incredibly strong and durable, not just against physical damage such as being dropped during transport or being knocked off the shelf by customers, but also against environmental threats. Threats such as extreme heat, humidity or extreme fluctuations in temperature during transport and storage can damage the product inside without coming into any physical contact with the product itself.
Human error can also be sometimes unavoidable. Problems such as the steel packaging falling off a pallet when being incorrectly moved by a forklift or not being properly stacked/secured onto a pallet can be an issue. The strength of steel packaging plays a huge benefit, as there are various grades of tinplate gauges for increased strength and ribbing on tin cans to ensure the product inside is protected.
Search online for a steel packaging supplier and take advantage of the many benefits today!