5 Reasons To Consider Thermoplastic Packaging Solutions

When it comes to packaging, thermoplastic materials are often a top choice. At Indepak, we can design thermoplastic packaging for virtually any product from any industry. If you are searching for packaging solutions, here are a few reasons why we encourage you to consider thermoplastics.

1. Thermoplastic Is Versatile
Thermoforming is the process by which we take a sheet of thermoplastic, heat it up and then mold into the shape of a package, part or product. Obviously, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but one of the key advantages of thermoplastic is that you can create any shape that you might need. For instance, you can create a package for a product with many parts, and this package can feature perfectly shaped cavities that fit each part exactly.

2. Thermoplastic Is Affordable
The affordability factor is another reason why thermoplastics are such an attractive packaging solution. At our facility, we work with a wide range of thermoplastics, including PET, PETG, ABS, PVC, HIPS, PP, HDPE and more. It’s usually easy to find packaging solutions that meet all of your product needs as well as fitting within your budget.

Additionally, because thermoplastics are lightweight, this can help reduce your shipping and transportation costs. We also are able to create packages that fit your product exactly, eliminating the need for excess packaging, which means you can fit more units into shipping boxes and containers.

3. Thermoplastics Protect Products
While the thermoplastics we use might be thin in width, they offer a high level of protection for your products. Thermoplastics are highly impact resistant and moisture resistant. Additionally with heat sealing and RF sealing, we can create packages that are highly tamper-resistant.

4. Thermoplastic Attracts Customers
When customers actually can see a product, they are more likely to select that option over a product that is packaged in a box. Because thermoplastics are clear, consumers are able to get a good look at your product and this can entice them to select your item off the shelf and leave another product behind. In addition to focusing on factors such as strength, weight and cost containment, our design team also strives to make each package aesthetically pleasing to entice customers to select your unique product.

5. Thermoplastic Can Be An Eco-Friendly Choice
Virtually all of the materials we use are recyclable, and materials such as PET, PETG and HDPE are some of the easiest materials on earth to recycle, accepted by virtually all curbside recycling programs in the United States. Our range of packaging solutions also includes thermoplastics with post-consumer content as well as some starch-based bioplastics. We also can create trap blisters or other combination packages that include thermoplastic and paper or pulp.

For half a century, the team at Indepak has been hard at work, creating packaging solutions for a wide range of clients in many industries. In addition to the package design and production, we also offer services such as inventory management and package fulfilment, truly providing each client with a total solution. If you need any type of thermoplastic packaging, don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.

Customized Packaging: 4 Great Design Options

When we design customized packaging for our clients, we focus on many factors. For instance, we concentrate on creating a packaging design that protects your product and fits within your budget. But we also understand that the design must appeal to the consumer. There are many different types of customized packaging to consider, including the following.

1. Clamshells
Clamshells can be an excellent option for many products, and we create thousands of clamshells throughout the year. A clamshell features two halves connected by a hinge, and we can create virtually any size clamshell you might need.

For instance, small clamshells might be suitable for holding items such as nails, thumbtacks and other tiny items. Larger clamshells can be used to hold specialty foods, such as produce and baked goods, but also retail goods such as glue sticks, headphones, razors, computer cables and almost anything else you can imagine. We also can seal these clamshell packages for you using processes such as heat sealing and RF welding.

2. Blisters & Trap Blisters

Blisters are a very common option for retail customized packaging. A blister is similar to a clamshell, but it doesn’t feature a hinge. Instead we seal the two halves of the package together to form a tight bond that protects your product from moisture and tampering. This can be an excellent option for many retail products from toys to electronics to tools and much more. If you product includes multiple parts, we can design blister packs with cavities that fit each part perfectly, offering optimal protection.

Trap blisters are a type of blister pack that includes a paperboard backing and this can be an excellent option for your customized packaging. Using combination designs that include thermoplastic and paper or pulp are a very eco-friendly option, allowing you to reduce the amount of plastic you use while still protecting and displaying your product for consumers.

3. Thermoform Trays

Thermoform trays are an ideal option for many of our clients. For instance, we use these trays to hold items such as cookies, candy, crackers or frozen dinners for our many specialty food clients. For our medical clients, these trays can be used to hold various types of medical kits, with a specially designed cavity for each instrument or bottle of medicine. For retail clients, a tray can be created to hold all of the parts of your product, such as a dozen batteries or perhaps perfume bottles. Once the trays have been produced, these can be placed into other types of customized packaging, such as a sealed bag or perhaps a cardboard container or even a plastic blister or clamshell.

In addition to medical and food trays, our design and production teams are capable of creating a myriad of thermoform trays, including pick & place trays, shipping trays, part protection trays, dunnage trays, automation trays and more.

4. Tubs & Lids
Sometimes rather than opting for a clamshell, you might prefer to have us create tubs with removable lids. These can be used to hold many types of products, such as food items, but these tubs and lids might actually be the product you need rather than the container. For instance, perhaps you sell storage tubs with removable lids that are meant to hold a wide range of products. Not everything that we design is a package; we also create whole products and parts, so keep us in mind for your product needs as well as your custom packaging needs.

If you do need customized packaging for any type of retail or specialty food business, these are two of the areas in which we specialize. We also specialize in the design and production of custom packaging for electronics companies, industrial firms, pharmaceutical and medical companies and agricultural companies.

4 Keys To Better Retail Product Packaging

While you might have the highest quality product available on the market, it is important to understand that consumers often make purchases on an emotional level. Great retail product packaging can make the difference between someone purchasing your product or selecting the product of a competitor. As you start thinking about the design of your retail product packaging, it is wise to keep some of the following ideas in mind.

1. Catch The Eye

When consumers are looking for a product, you only have a few seconds to grab their attention. Visually stimulating retail product packaging creates a first impression that is sure to entice to consumers to pick up your product and check it out. Spend some time browsing through store aisles and make note of which packaging types instantly attract your notice.

Shelves often are lined with similar products, and this is why it is crucial that your retail product packaging stands out. Often a simple, uncluttered design makes the biggest impact. It also helps if consumers can see the product that they are purchasing, which is one of the advantages of selecting clear thermoplastic packaging.

2. Know Your Customer

When you design retail product packaging, it is always wise to think about your customer and create packaging that speaks to that customer. Every product has a target customer. For instance, you might be selling headphones and aiming at a market of teens and young adults. In this case, a youthful, hip packaging design can be a great way to grab the interest of your typical customer. You might be selling a power drill, and consumers purchasing this product are likely interested in quickly learning about the product’s features and durability.

3. Allow For Brand Development

Creating a great logo is always a good idea, as this builds your brand identity. Customers don’t always remember the name of your product or even your company, but they might remember your logo design. As you add new products to your line, customers will remember that they have purchased from your brand previously, and appreciate the quality of your product. Because they recognize the brand and the positive memories associated with the product, they will be far more likely to purchase from you again and try out your other products.

4. Waste Not, Want Not

There are many reasons to select thermoplastics for your retail product packaging. One compelling reason is that we can create thermoplastic package that fits your product exactly, eliminating the need for excessive packaging. Using less packaging decreases your packaging costs, as well as your shipping costs, as you can fit more products into each box or shipping container. In addition, consumers these days will appreciate your efforts to reduce the amount of packaging, thereby creating less waste. Of course, thermoplastic packaging also is recyclable, which is another plus for the environment.

If you need retail product packaging, the team at Indepak can help. For more than 40 years, we have been creating thermoformed packaging for clients in a myriad of industries, including retail companies, specialty food companies, electronics companies, pharmaceutical companies and much more. Our design team can create an affordable, durable package for your product that also captures the attention of your target consumer. Give us a call today to discuss your packaging needs.

5 Historical Facts About Thermoform Plastics

Thermoform plastics can be used to create a myriad of products and packaging. At Indepak, we have spent the last 40 or so years designing and producing packaging and other thermoform plastic projects for our clients. Obviously, plastic is our passion, and as such, we’d like to share a few historical facts about this unique material.

1. Ancient Plastics 101

For most of us, the word “plastic” conjures up an image of a synthetically-made product, such as a water bottle. However, there are natural materials and polymers that have been used for centuries to create all sorts of projects. Natural rubber, for example, was used to create balls that were used as sports equipment by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. In the Middle Ages, natural plastics derived from animal horns were used to create window panes. These are just two examples of how people used the natural elements around them to create the earliest forms of plastic products.

2. Vulcan, Charles Goodyear & Thomas Hancock

Natural rubber could be used to create many products, but it wasn’t particularly durable. Both Charles Goodyear, an American, and Thomas Hancock, an English engineer, were experimenting with ways to make natural rubber more durable. They both found that adding Sulphur to rubber would improve its durability, and Hancock named this process vulcanization, after Vulcan, the roman God of fire. While Hancock coined the name of the process, there is much debate as to which of these men actually first invented the process itself. Hancock filed his patent a mere eight weeks before Goodyear filed his patent, and many people contend that Hancock knew that adding Sulphur to rubber would be an ideal option, based upon seeing samples of Goodyear’s work.

3. How Plastics Saved Elephants

While many people worry that plastics are harming the planet, it can be said that the invention of one type of plastic saved the lives of many elephants. Inventor John Wesley Hyatt was the first person to create a practical type of artificial plastic. In 1866, he invented the process by which celluloid could be made. This new, durable plastic was then used to produce both billiard balls and piano keys, both of which previously were crafted out of ivory, or rather, the tusks of elephants.

4. Polystyrene, Bakelite & Thermoset Vs. Thermoform Plastics

Many people are confused when they hear the terms “thermoset plastics” and “thermoform plastics.” After all, they both sound very similar, however they have one main difference. A thermoset plastic cannot be melted down again and again and re-used to make new items. Thermoform plastics can be recycled and reused, and these are the types of plastics that we use at Indepak.

During the 19th and early 20th Centuries, chemists and engineers were busy creating all sorts of new synthetic materials. In 1839, a German apothecary discovered polystyrene. However, this thermoform plastic would not be mass produced until the 1930s and wouldn’t really come into vogue until the 1960s, when the first polystyrene cups were mass produced.

Thermoset plastics, on the other hand, began appearing on the scene in the early 1900s. Chemist Leo Baekeland developed the first highly marketed and used form of thermoset plastics, which was known as Bakelite and has been designated as the world’s first synthetic form of plastic by the American Chemical Company. While Bakelite had many practical uses as electrical insulation, it is more commonly known today as a collectible item. Many people collect Bakelite radios, kitchenware and even Bakelite toys.

5. Making Recycling Easier

Believe or not, conservation is by no means a modern concept. People have been recycling and reusing for centuries. In fact, the first paper recycling mill opened its doors in Philadelphia back in 1690. While most thermoform plastics are recyclable, it hasn’t always been easy for recycling centers to sort and separate these items. In 1988, resin identification codes were developed to make it easier for recycling center employees and consumers to better identify the various types of thermoform plastics.

For instance, if you look at a plastic water bottle, you will notice that it probably has a “1” listed on it somewhere, surrounded by a circle of arrows. This indicates that the material used to create this bottle was polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which is a type of plastic accepted by all curbside recycling programs.

These are just a few of the great moments in the history of plastics. If you’d like some great thermoform plastic packaging to go along with this mini history lesson, give the team at Indepak a call today.

11 Products That Are Ideal For Plastic Clamshell Packaging

The title of this blog post is a bit misleading. While we have compiled a list of 11 amazing products that would be a perfect fit for plastic clamshell packaging, there are millions of products out there that would be a fantastic match for this package type. Over the years, we have designed plastic clamshells for a number of products and industries, including some of the following.

1. Fresh Fruit
We can create clamshell packaging to hold strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, individual apple packs, tomatoes, grapes, gooseberries (a favorite here in Oregon) and many other fruits.

2. Vegetables
A plastic clamshell can be used to hold those cute little mini bell peppers and mini cucumbers as well as lettuce, fennel, mushrooms (technically a fungus and not a vegetable), broccoli, cauliflower and so on.

3. Fresh Herbs

We can design special plastic clamshell suitable for preserving and displaying fresh herbs, such as parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, or any herb not mentioned in a melancholy Simon and Garfunkel song.

4. Other Foods
Clamshells can be used to hold bakery goods such as cookies and brownies as well as deli items. You could place sandwiches, wraps, sushi, salads and much more in a lightweight, protective clamshell package. Additionally, egg cartons feature a clamshell design and can be made from thermoplastic, which can help protect these precious products.

5. Toys, Toys & More Toys
While the plastic clamshells that hold fruits, veggies and herbs are typically quite easy to pop open, we can ensure that your clamshell packaging is very secure. This is especially important with toys, as little hands often cannot resist trying to a get a toy out of the packaging. We can seal the package securely so that children can enjoy looking at the cars, action figures, dolls or tiny hand-held games that you produce without being able to tamper with the product.

6. Electronics & Electronic Accessories
At Indepak, we can design, produce and seal clamshells for products such as computer cables, headphones, flash drives, cellular phones, calculators, cordless phones, phone chargers and much more. If your product has multiple parts, we can design cavities that fit each item exactly, and we also can design clamshells for static-sensitive products.

7. Toiletries
If you sell toothpaste, toothbrushes or perhaps a plastic razor, we can create a clamshell for you. We also can create clamshells that hold make-up and beauty products, brushes and combs, lotions and skin care products just to name a few.

8. Tools
Whether you produce nails or screws or perhaps drills or screwdrivers, we can create a clamshell package that protects and displays your product. A few other tools that might be a good fit for plastic clamshell packaging include pocket knives and multi-tools, scissors, wrenches and pliers.

9. Batteries
Battery packs often are sold in blister packs with a thermoplastic cavity holding the batteries with a paperboard backing. However, using a plastic clamshell can make your battery packaging even more secure and we can create both types of packaging for batteries, depending on what you need.

9. Medicine Bottles
If you produce allergy pills, pain relivers, cold medicines or other over-the-counter medications, we can create a clamshell package that fits around your medication bottle or container. This significantly can reduce tampering and theft, while still allowing consumers to study your product carefully before making a purchase.

10. Baby Items
For companies that produce bottles or pacifiers, baby toothbrushes, teething rings or the thousands of other items needed by parents, a clamshell can be a great option, keeping items safe and secure while allowing consumers to be enticed by the design of your product.

11. Lightbulbs
In the past, lightbulbs tended to just be packaged in lightweight cardboard. However, thermoplastics can do a far superior job of protecting your product. We can create clamshell packing for a single bulb or perhaps a set of lightbulbs, with multiple cavities designed to hold and protect each individual bulb.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, as virtually any retail product can be stored in a plastic clamshell. No matter what type of product you might have, the team at Indepak can come up with a total packaging solution that fits your needs and budget. If you are ready to get started with your packaging project, give us a call or send us an email today.

4 Industries That Need Blister Packaging

Blister packaging is one of the most common types of custom thermoplastic packaging, and at Indepak, we create thousands of blister packs throughout the year. Here is some information about the blister pack, as well as a list of industries for whom we often design blister packaging.

A blister pack typically includes a cavity or cavities where products are placed, such as pill tablets or perhaps small parts. Then a backing, often foil or paperboard, is affixed and sealed to the back to keep the products safe and secure. Sometimes we simply design two identical halves of a blister and fold them together, forming a clamshell package. The clamshell can be sealed or secured so that the product is preserved and tamper-proof.

1. Specialty Food Companies

Many food companies will use a blister pack, although, we typically find that the blister packaging used by the food industry tends to be a clamshell. Clamshells can be used for many purposes. You often see these in the produce section of the grocery, filled with cherry tomatoes, miniature bell peppers, kumquats, berries and other fruits and veggies. These packages also are often used to hold bakery items as well as food products such as fresh sushi, deli sandwiches and other freshly prepared foods. Many restaurants also use clamshells as take-away containers.

2. Medical Supply Companies

Medical firms often design special kits, such as syringe kits and these can be placed into a carefully designed blister pack. We can first create a thermoplastic tray that securely holds each part of the kit, and then it can be sealed to ensure safety. We can produce low particulate packaging, intended for downstream sterilization applications as well as non-sterile applications. We also can provide traceability down to the box level. In addition, to designing medical kit trays and packaging, we also can create thermoplastic packaging to hold just about any medical product or device.

3. Pharmaceutical Firms

Blister packaging is commonly associated with both over-the-counter medications and prescription medications. You often see a blister pack that has specially designed cavities that hold either a single pill or perhaps a single dose of medication in each cavity. The back keeps the medicine secure and also allows the user to eject the pills through the backing while keeping the remaining medicine safe and secure.

4. Retail Manufacturers

There are literally thousands of retail products that can fit inside blister packaging. For instance, head down the electronics aisle and you will find headphones, cellular phone chargers and accessories, batteries, cables and much more all packaged in the blister packs, either with a paperboard backing or perhaps folded over and sealed into a clamshell. Often, electronics products are static sensitive, and we work with a variety of materials, from conductive to dissipative to protect these types of products.

In the toy aisle, you will find many products placed in blister packs and clamshells. Office supplies, such as packs of pens and markers, often are packaged in blister packs. Tools, from nails to small drills and beyond, also can be stored in blister packs. Virtually any product you might have can be placed in a blister package or a clamshell. Our thermoplastic packaging is ideal for many products because it not only keeps your items secure, it also displays the products so that your customers can see exactly what they are purchasing.

If your business falls into any of these categories and you need custom product packaging, give us a call today. Our design team can assess your needs and decide if a blister pack or perhaps a clamshell or another type of packaging will be the best fit for you.

6 Great Reasons To Choose Clamshell Packaging

We create all types of thermoplastic packaging and thermoplastic products at Indepak, and custom clamshell packaging is a popular option for many of our clients. The clamshell features a hinge at one end which allows it to open just like a clam mouth, which is where it gets its name. There are many great reasons to consider a clamshell as your packaging option, including the following:

1. Many Clamshell Options

There are several different types of clamshell, making this a highly versatile option. For instance, you could opt for a basic clamshell package which might be perfect for products such as bakery goods or fresh fruit or take-out containers.

A clamshell also can be designed to fit around your product exactly, such as a handheld drill or perhaps a stapler. We also can design a clamshell with several different cavities to hold a variety of products or product parts. For instance, maybe your company produces a toy set with many individual pieces. Your clamshell can hold each piece in a specially designed cavity. We can even design thermoform trays that are also clamshells. Often people believe that a thermoform tray must fit into some other type of packaging, but you can create a thermoform tray that is also a clamshell.

If you have a product that will be hung and displayed on a hook or perhaps a package that needs to be able to stand upright on a shelf, a tri-fold clamshell might be a good fit. These are clamshells including a triangular base instead of just a hinge, and your product can stand upright on this base.

2. Clamshells Are Tamper-Resistant

One of the best reasons to consider using a clamshell is the protection aspect. After all, how much money do you lose each year if your packaging can be tampered with easily? A heat-sealed clamshell can be quite difficult to open, making it much harder for shoplifters to simply remove your product from a store shelf.

3. Clamshells Are Moisture-Resistant

Many types of thermoplastic are mold-resistant and moisture-resistant, but when you select a heat-sealed clamshell, you further increase this protection. This seal will keep moisture away and protect your product, extending its shelf life.

4. Strong & Protective

While thermoplastic is lightweight, many types of thermoplastic are very strong and durable, which is another reason why they are an excellent packaging option. We can create clamshell packaging that truly preserves and protects your products. Many thermoplastics can stand up to the rigors of handling and shipping as well as being handled by consumers.

5. The Affordable Option

While tamper-proof and moisture-proof packaging saves you money, thermoplastic clamshells also save money because the materials we use to create these packages are so affordable. Thermoplastics are among the most affordable packaging materials and because they are so lightweight, you reduce your shipping and transportation costs as well. Every company is looking for ways to cut costs, and using thermoplastic clamshell packaging can help improve your company’s bottom line.

6. Show Off Your Product

One advantage that thermoplastic packaging has over other material options is that consumers get to take a look at your product before purchase. After all, your thermoplastic clamshell packaging will be clear, and consumers can get a sense of what they are purchasing. Unlike a blister pack, which might feature a cardboard backing, a clamshell can be clear on all sides, allowing consumers to examine every inch of the product to determine if it suits their needs. Consumer often are more likely to purchase a product that they actually can see over a product stuck in a box or some type of package that obscures the product.

We have produced custom clamshell packaging for hundreds of customers over the years, and can help you select the best type of packaging for your product needs. If you need a clamshell or any type of thermoplastic packaging, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send an email today.

7 Reasons Why Thermoform Molding Is Your Best Packaging Option

We may be biased, but we truly believe that for just about every retail product, thermoformed molding is a fantastic packaging option. If you are still on the fence, here are 7 reasons why you should consider thermoform molding for your packaging.

1. A World Of Versatility

The process of thermoform molding involves feeding large, thin sheets of thermoplastics into machines known as thermoformers. These machines heat up the plastic, force the heated plastic into custom molds, cool the plastic and then trim way excess plastic. Because thermoplastic is so easy to mold, it can be crafted into virtually any shape or size. Even the most complicated designs can be created through the process of thermoform molding, thus thermoplastics are some of the most versatile materials in the world.

2. Affordable Materials

One of the best reasons to consider thermoform molding is the affordability factor. Thermoplastics are far less expensive to produce than products made of metal, glass and even paper-based packaging. At our plant, we have a wide variety of equipment which allows our customers to select plastics that truly fit their budget.

3. More Savings

Beyond the fact that thermoplastics are inexpensive materials in general, using these materials also will save you money in other ways. For instance, because we can create packages that fit around your product exactly, you can use smaller packaging. This means you can fit more products on a shelf and that more products will fit into shipping boxes. Additionally, thermoplastics are extremely lightweight, which lowers your shipping costs and we all know how high transportation costs have become over the last decade.

3. A Myriad Of Materials

As we stated above, our plant features many different types of thermoform molding machinery, and these machines can handle many different thermoplastic materials. With so many choices, it’s easy to find a material that suits your needs. We have thermoplastics ideal for different types of liquids and beverages as well as food products and medical or pharmaceutical products. Additionally, we have materials ideally suitable for electronics and computer-related equipment. No matter what type of product you have, there is a thermoplastic material with properties that will suit that product.

4. Superior Protection

With so many types of thermoplastics, it’s easy to find a type of plastic that protects your product. For instance, perhaps you have a product with several pieces. We can create a thermoplastic tray with custom cavities that fit each piece of your product exactly, thus providing plenty of protection. This tray then can be inserted into a box or even an outer layer of plastic packaging.

Another option is to consider is a thermoplastic clamshell package. These can be crafted out of strong thermoplastic and then heat sealed in order to make it tamper-proof as well as locking out moisture.

5. Sustainability

While you might not think that thermoplastics and sustainability go hand in hand, you might be surprised at some of the facts about plastic. For instance, virtually every thermoplastic we use at Indepak is recyclable. Many are accepted by most curbside recycling programs, which makes it easy for consumers to recycle their packaging.

At Indepak, we offer a variety of eco-friendly options such as using thermoplastics with post-consumer grade materials as well as combination designs that include plastics as well as paper or pulp. We also can create some packaging out of starch-based bio-plastics.

6. Save Energy & Cut Transportation Costs

The creation of thermoplastic materials also tends to require less energy than the creation of other types of packaging materials, such as aluminum. More importantly, plastic weighs less than other materials, which means that you expend less energy to transport your products. Because of the light weight, you also can place more products into trucks, planes, trains and ships.

7. Attractive & Eye-Catching

One of the big advantages of using thermoplastic packaging is that this material is clear and allows consumers to see exactly what they are purchasing. We can create designs that catch the eye and show off your product to its best advantage. While designing cost-effective and protective packaging is always a priority, we also strive to create designs that attract consumers.

At Indepak, we offer thermoformed molding services for just about every industry. Our client list includes many retailers as well as specialty food and beverage companies. If you are in the market for affordable, custom packaging, give us a call today and let’s discuss your packaging needs.

6 Surprising Facts About Plastic Thermoforming

If you are searching for a packaging company and not entirely sure what type of packaging you want or need, plastic thermoforming can be a good fit for virtually any type of company.

1. Plastic Thermoforming Offers Something For Every Industry

The team at Indepak has been designing plastic packaging, thermoform trays and thermoplastic products for more than 40 years. During these years, we have served virtually any industry imaginable, including pharmaceutical and medical firms, electronics companies, specialty food companies and too many retail manufacturers to name in this short blog post. Plastic thermoforming is so diverse that we can meet just about any specification you might have. For instance, some clients need plastics with anti-static properties while others may need plastics suitable for downstream sterilization, and still others might need plastics that have been approved to hold food products or beverages. With thermoplastics, it’s easy to find a great match.

2. There Is A Perfect Plastic For Everything

It doesn’t matter if your company makes cookies or power drills, there is a type of plastic ideal for use as packaging. Each type of plastic available for plastic thermoforming boasts unique chemical properties.

For instance, polypropylene (PP) is one type of thermoplastic we use. PP offers excellent resistant to weak acids, weak alkalis and strong alkalis. It is also quite heat resistant. Because of these special characteristics, it can be a good choice for reusable food containers that need to withstand the heat of the dishwasher and microwave. This is just one of many types of thermoplastics we can use for packaging or products. Our design team will consider the specifications for your unique product and match it to an ideal type of plastic.

3. Most Thermoplastics Are Recyclable

We also know that the thermoplastics used for those our water bottles are recyclable, but it might surprise you to learn that virtually all thermoplastics can be recycled and reused. While polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene are the two thermoplastics that are most commonly collected from our homes, that doesn’t mean that plastics such as PVC and LDPE cannot also be recycled. More and more recycling centers in the United States are accepting a larger range of thermoplastics, so be sure to check and see what types of plastics you can place in your recycling bins.

4. Recycling Transforms Thermoplastics Into An Array Of Products

While some of the plastics we use at our plastic thermoforming facility will be recycled and reused to make new packaging, this is not the only way recycled plastics are used. For instance, recycled plastics can be used to make everything from rugs to dinner plates. Even clothing can be created using thermoplastics, as well as your backyard patio furniture and the plastic playhouse or playground equipment your children enjoy using at the park.

5. We Can Make Plastics Out Of Starch

While you can recycle almost all commonly used thermoplastics, there are some options that are even more sustainable. At Indepak, we can use starch-based bioplastics to create some types of packaging. These plastics are created from renewable resources and are biodegradable. While these are not an option for all types of plastic thermoforming projects, they are a good choice for some food containers, cups and lids. This type of thermoplastic is known as PLA or polylactic acid. In the United States, corn starch is used to create PLA and, in other countries, other types of plants such as sugarcane or tapioca are used.

Not only can we make cups and containers out of PLA, this starch-based thermoplastic can be used to create items such as clothing, diapers, upholstery and even 3D printer filament. While PLA is biodegradable, it does need to be processed separately from the trash in your regular trash bin and the recyclables in your recycling bin. Specific conditions are needed in order for PLA to biodegrade quickly. If sent to a composting facility, it will take a few months for PLA to biodegrade as these facilities offer the ideal conditions for biodegradation of PLA. At the landfill, the PLA will biodegrade but the process will take a significantly longer period of time.

6. Plastic Thermoforming Saves Money

Using thermoplastics for your packaging is sure to be your most economical choice, and it’s not just because thermoplastics tend to be inexpensive materials. The material cost is certainly lower than many other options, but using plastic thermoforming also means that you will be producing very lightweight packaging. With shipping costs continuing to rise, using packaging that weighs very little just makes good economic sense. We also can create strong, protective packaging that fits the shape of your product exactly. This also can reduce the size of packaging, which also reduces weight and saves money.

If you need packaging or thermoplastic products, contact us today and we will get started on your unique plastic thermoforming project. You can contact us via phone or click on the Contact tab at the top of our homepage and fill out our quick contact form. A representative from our sales team quickly will get in touch with you to discuss your plastic thermoforming needs.

4 Reasons Why You Need Custom Plastic Packaging

Many people opt for stock packaging for their products. While this might seem like the best and most affordable option, it can be wise to invest just a little bit more money and opt for custom plastic packaging instead. If you are unconvinced, read on and let us entice you to consider the custom option.

1. Custom Packaging Is Stylish

Stock packaging might be well-constructed, but it’s not particularly stylish or innovative. It’s inexpensive simply because it is produced in huge amounts and then used for a variety of products. When it sits on the shelf, it looks just like hundreds of other packages and doesn’t really set your product apart from the competition.

With custom plastic packaging, you can opt for innovative designs, both with the packaging itself as well as your labeling. Our design team can create virtually any type of design you might want. We use a wide variety of plastics and our facility includes a large selection of thermoforming equipment, so we can produce virtually any shape or size of packaging that you might need.

2. Custom Plastic Packaging Is Affordable

Most people select stock packaging because of the affordability, but custom plastic packaging can be nearly as affordable. Thermoplastics are highly affordable materials in general, and there are many material options, so you won’t have any trouble finding a plastic that suits your budget. Additionally, stock packaging is often a bit too big and bulky, whereas custom plastic packaging will be designed to fit your product exactly. This reduces waste and because you may need less packaging overall, this decreases packaging weight, which might mean you will spend less on shipping costs.

3. Custom Plastic Packaging Offers Superior Protection

A stock package is designed to hold many different products, which means that the level of protection can be minimal, depending on the size and shape of your product. With custom packaging, we can choose a strong, durable thermoplastic and create a design that protects every millimeter of the product.

4. Custom Plastic Packaging Is Sustainable & Recyclable

To be fair, most thermoplastic packaging, whether stock or custom, will be recyclable. However, some thermoplastics are easier to recycle than others so with a custom package, you can select thermoplastics that are allowable by virtually all curbside recycling programs. Additionally, you can opt for combination packaging and packaging with some recycled content and even starch-based bioplastics. We have many sustainable options here at Indepak.

We have more than 40 years of experience creating plastic packaging for a wide variety of industries. Our design team is highly experienced at working with a myriad of retail clients as well as those in the food and beverage industries. In addition to creating custom plastic packaging, we also provide services such as package fulfillment and inventory management. Our goal is to always provide an affordable total solution for each of our clients. Get in touch with us today, and we will begin designing your custom packaging.