The pros and cons of metal packaging

Metal packaging is a common type of packaging used for food preserves. It is also used in more innovative ways such lunch boxes and pencil boxes for kids, gift boxes and even money boxes for saving coins and cash. Tin is the most common material used for this type of packaging. A tin box is primarily a tinplate box where the tinplate is made of steel with a very thin tin coating. Sometimes these boxes have removable lids or can even be hinged covers, others are sealed shut to preserve their contents and have to be opened using a tin opener. Many people often collect different varieties of tin boxes as a hobby. Aluminium is another metal that is used for packaging in the form of cans as well as foil to cover foods. Aluminium cans are made from its alloys and is very sturdy and lightweight. Tin cans are more durable however and more resistant to the corrosive qualities of foods that are acidic.  

Pros of metal packaging 

Depending on the type of industry, metal packaging can be exactly what you need. It is very durable. While transporting goods that are fragile, it is very important that you take great care while in transit. Metals are sturdy and even when they are partially damaged, can still protect their contents. Metal bins can also be used to hold goods so that the individual packaging suffers no damage and can show up in good condition when retailed. Metal can be recycled and turned into new products and this cycle can go on indefinitely. But it is imperative that these metal scraps reach recycle bins so that they are properly repurposed. Metal comes in so many shapes and sizes which can help satisfy any requirement. From wire baskets to cans and boxes, everything is available and offers the same advantages no matter the form. Metal containers are also collapsible, meaning that storage space can be saved and it is easier to transport them. Tin boxes and cans for example are great for the storage of food products; they provide a strong barrier against light and water which could damage the product. It also helps increase the shelf life of the product without the addition of preservatives. 

Cons of metal packaging 

Metal is always at risk of corrosion. There is always a chance that rust may form on your inventory and thus should be checked regularly so that water damage can be prevented. Metal is an opaque substance and provides no visibility to the inside of the container. You can’t see through them and have no idea of the product is still in good condition or not. Boxes and cans made from aluminium and tin can also be easily damaged and bent out of shape if they fall and hit a hard surface which decreases their appeal to customers. 

The greatest advantage of choosing metal over its alternatives such as plastic is that it is a recyclable material. With the destruction of our planet due to increase in waste in landfills as well as the oceans, it matters greatly if we have a small hand in preventing further problems. Plastic is material that not only takes an infinite amount of time to biodegrade but also releases poisonous chemicals into the air. Metals such as tin and aluminium are the eco-friendlier option as they can be recycled and those that don’t reach recycle bins will eventually biodegrade. Recycling not only saves energy but also helps in saving resources as less is needed to be mined. There is no limit to how many types certain metals such as aluminium can be recycled which means that is a sustainable metal. Tin cans can also be recycled at home to make organizers for stationary, plant pots, cutlery holders and even lamps. There are thousands of ways in which people have recycled old boxes to use in other ways and so are prevented from buying other things made of plastic. 

So, the next time you have to choose between materials for packing or even for gifting, keep in mind the advantages and disadvantages as well your contribution toward helping conserve the resources of this planet for future generations. 


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