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4 Tips For Better Custom Product Packaging

When it comes to custom product packaging, we have design packages for virtually every industry. Our clients include all sorts of retail businesses, as well as food companies, beverages companies, pharmaceutical firms, electronics companies and much more. Whether we are designing for a company that produces drills or one that creates organic cookies, we always keep the following tips in mind during the design process.

1. Packages Should Be Attractive & Informative

For many products, a pleasing custom product packaging design is highly important. An attractive design sets your product apart from the others. This is especially true with food and beverage products as well as many retail products. For items such as computer parts, hardware and more technical items, the attractiveness might be a bit less important than ensuring that the product is clearly labeled and the consumer can see what is inside.

Because most thermoplastic packages are clear, they have the advantage of showing the consumer exactly what they are buying. We can design custom plastic packaging in virtually any size or shape and also include an insert card or label that provides plenty of information about the product. For a food product, this might include ingredients and heating instructions. For an item such as a flash drive, it would include information about how many gigabytes of storage are available, etc.

Simplicity in design is something else we keep in mind. You don’t really want custom product packaging with labeling that is too cluttered or too busy. The best design is one that is functional, attractive and straight-forward.

2. Custom Product Packaging Should Be Lightweight

Heavy or excessive packaging is always something to avoid, and thermoplastic is an excellent option because of its light weight. Not only does heavy packaging or excessive custom product packaging make your product more cumbersome for your customers, it costs more to ship. Using custom plastic packaging can be a great way to reduce your overall costs. Thermoplastic is not only lightweight, it’s also quite affordable, so you can save money on both shipping and packaging costs by using custom plastic packaging.

3. Durable Packaging Is Best

Obviously, all companies want their custom product packaging to reduce the risk of product damage. Many types of thermoplastic are highly impact resistant and provide an excellent level of protection for your product. Not only can we create custom plastic packaging that is very durable, we can craft it in such a way that it fits perfectly over every nook and cranny of your product.

4. Sustainable Packaging

These days, many people are very concerned about sustainability and often make purchases with sustainability in mind. Not only do they want a high quality product, they also want to purchase the product from a company that is concerned about lessening its impact on the environment. Using custom plastic packaging can be an ideal solution.

Virtually all thermoplastics, and most of the materials we use at Indepak, are recyclable. In addition, because thermoplastics can be formed into any imaginable shape, we can create packages that cover and protect your product without any additional waste. We also can craft your custom product packaging using post-consumer grade materials, and we have starch-based bio materials to consider.

If this all seems a bit overwhelming, never fear, the team at Indepak can help you design and create custom product packaging that fulfills the goals of each of these tips. We use many different types of thermoplastic as well as combinations of paperboard, foil and thermoplastic to create custom product packaging that is attractive, durable, lightweight and as sustainable as possible.

Thermoformers & The Plastics They Use

Thermoplastics are types of plastic that can be heated up and then formed into a wide variety of products and packaging. As thermoformers, we use a wide variety of thermoplastics, including a few of the following plastics.

1. PET

PET is a commonly used thermoplastic and one of the many types that our thermoformers use here at Indepak. PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate, and it is actually a member of the polyester family of thermoplastics. It can be used to create synthetic fibers for clothing but also to create containers that are safe for food and liquids. One of the best characteristics of PET is its recyclability. This type of thermoplastic is the easiest to recycle, accepted by virtually all curbside recycling programs.


PETG is polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified and this thermoplastic, while related to PET, has many special properties which make it ideally suitable for thermoformers to use during the creating of a thermoforming package or product. PETG can be thermoformed at fairly low temperatures, which reduces the amount of energy needed to create packaging and products. PETG also is quite strong and has good chemical resistance, which makes it a possible option for our customers that need either food packaging or perhaps pharmaceutical packaging.

3. ABS

When you polymerize acrylonitrile and styrene with a dash of polybutadiene, the end result is a commonly used thermoplastic known as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene or ABS. You probably think of Styrofoam when you hear the word styrene and there is a relationship. However, ABS is much stronger than styrene and can be used by thermoformers to create a wide variety of products. ABS not only is a low-cost thermoplastic, it also has excellent impact resistance and is quite easy to thermoform. We use it to create storage cases, trays, point-of-purchase displays and much more.

4. PVC

PVC, polyvinyl chloride, is a thermoplastic that is familiar to most everyone, and it is used to make those famous PVC pipes we can buy at the local hardware store. However, that is not the only product crafted out of this thermoplastic. As thermoformers, we can use PVC to create a variety of items. It might interest you to know that PVC can be used to make everything from credit cards to furniture and even bags, and those are just a few items made from PVC. Some of the advantages of PVC include its low-cost as well as its strength and durability. It is also non-corrosive, which is an obvious advantage when using PVC to create pipes.

5. OPS

OPS is yet another option that thermoformers might use. This abbreviation stands for oriented polystyrene. OPS is created by stretching a sheet of polystyrene both lengthwise and crosswise. Again, when you think about polystyrene, you probably think about a foamy-type of plastic used for disposable coffee cups and take-out containers. However, when you stretch the polystyrene, the properties change and it transforms into a rigid, highly transparent thermoplastic suitable for all sorts of trays, lids and food containers.


HDPE, or high-density polyethylene, is yet another thermoplastic commonly used by thermoformers around the globe. Like many thermoplastics, HDPE is popular because of its low cost. It also provides excellent chemical resistance, and many grades of HDPE are approved by the FDA for food-related applications. HDPE is very easy to recycle, as it is widely accepted by curbside recycling programs. Our thermoformers can use it to create food storage containers and bottles as well as some types of packaging. It also is used for all sorts of interesting products such as 3-D printer filament, furniture and even hula hoops.

7. PP

PP is the abbreviation for polypropylene, and our thermoformers often use this type of thermoplastic to create all shapes and sizes of packaging. PP is highly moisture-resistant, which is extremely important for virtually every type of product. PP also offers excellent chemical resistance. It’s recyclable and when recycled, can be used to create everything from flower pots to plastic lumber and auto parts.

8. More Options

We use several other different types of thermoplastics at Indepak, including thermoplastics that contain post-consumer materials and even starch-based bioplastics. Whether you need a thermoplastic package or a product, our team of expert thermoformers can select a type of thermoplastic ideally suitable for your unique needs.

Retail Packaging: 3 Reasons To Select Thermoplastic

As manufacturers, you have several different options when it comes to retail product packaging. Thermoplastics are an excellent option for many reasons, and at Indepak, we serve a wide varieties of industries. We can create retail packaging for just about any product imaginable. Here are just a few facts that help explain why thermoplastics can be a top choice for your retail product packaging needs.

1. Plastic = Less Waste

That might sound like it cannot possibly be true, as we constantly hear about plastic and landfills and waste. However, we can create retail packaging that fits your product precisely, with very little excess package. With other types of materials, you need excess space to provide some type of protective cushioning. With thermoplastics, the actual retail packaging itself is protective, meaning you use less material to create each package.

In addition to creating retail product packaging that precisely fits your unique product, we also are a low-waste operation. During the process of thermoforming, we use large sheets of thin-gauge thermoplastic to create your package and after the package has been formed, we trim off any excess plastic. When we design your package, our design team focuses on maximizing the use of each sheet of thermoplastic to limit this trim waste as much as possible.

In addition, it’s important to note that virtually all of the materials that we use for your retail product packaging are recyclable. In addition, we have a variety of post-consumer grade materials that you might consider for your packaging as well as combinations of thermoplastic and paper or pulp.

2. Product Safety & Security

There are many types of thermoplastic that we can use for retail packaging. The type that you use depends upon the type of product you sell. For instance, if you sell a food product, you will need to use a plastic that is approved for use with foods or beverages. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved several different types of thermoplastic for use in food retail packaging, so if you sell a food product, we have several options available for you to consider.

For non-food retail products, our thermoplastic options can protect your product from damage both during shipping as well as during the time where it sits on a store shelf. We also create tamper-proof designs for our retail product packaging that further protect your product. Plastic is one of the best materials to consider when thinking about product safety and security.

3. Keep Your Costs Low

Thermoplastic not only provides security, it’s also quite affordable. We use a wide variety of plastics, so there is something to suit just about any budget. In addition, thermoplastic is quite lightweight, which lowers your overall shipping costs. Because thermoplastic also is quite protective, this cuts down on damages to your retail product. As you know, when a shop returns a product because of damages, this is quite costly to you. Using a strong thermoplastic material and designing a package that protects your product will keep damages to a minimum, which also reduces your overall costs.

If you are interested in having us design retail product packaging, give us a call or send us an email today. We can create an innovative design that reduces waste, keeps your product secure and keeps your packaging costs as low as possible.