Pros and Cons of Metal Packaging

Lines and lines of metal cans line the grocery store—but why metal? When it comes to storage and transportation, there are many factors to take into consideration when it comes to container type. Here’s a quick list of the advantages of using metal packaging and choosing metal-packaged goods:

  • They are 100% recyclable. According to Chasing Green, steel cans make up 28% of recycled material.
  • They can be made air-tight to keep inside materials, such as foods, fresh even without preservatives.
  • They are more durable and secure than plastic, and, according to Qorpak, they can withstand more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • They are made in a variety of shapes and sizes, so there will no doubt be a metal can be made in a perfect size for your project.
  • They provide an excellent surface for paint and decoration, which is critical to distinguish your brand!
  • Due to the uniformity of the production of metal packaging, they are easy to stack and organize to optimize space usage.

There are some disadvantages, however, to using metal cans:

  • If using the cans for larger contents, they tend to be more expensive than other containers.
  • They are heavier due to their construction and cost more to transport.
  • If left outside, they can become corroded depending on weather conditions.
  • They cannot be made see-through. If a customer was to buy canned food, for example, there is no way for them to see the contents before opening it.
  • Unlike another packaging material such as plastic or cardboard, metal packaging cannot be broken down easily, which may make disposal and recycling difficult and more space-consuming.

Before you decide on a type of packaging, be sure to check the pros and cons of your chosen material. It could mean a world of difference to your project or business!

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