When it comes to choosing the right packaging for your products, you must consider many factors. Your product’s packaging should be eye-catching, high quality, durable, and dependable. We also always have to weigh the finical costs and benefits, as well as the impact to our environment. Clear PVC packaging can fit the need in some cases, whereas in many cases clear PET packaging is preferred.
Like many plastic packaging materials, PVC plastic packaging is extremely durable. Unlike some other plastics, however, PVC plastic packaging has a higher impact tolerance and is highly reliable regarding barrier protection. When product visibility is desired (studies show it attracts more attention) PVC clear packaging may be preferred over PET if the product will be stored in a fridge or on ice. This is because PVC will maintain greater flexibility, and it’s less brittle than a PET packaging.
PVC packaging is often used for situations in which the brand owner or retailer want to weld the package closed. This could be in the form of a clear PVC box, or more commonly, PVC clamshells. Two panels of the package can be welded together using radio frequency so that the consumer or potential shoplifter needs to cut the package open to access the package.
PVC plastic packaging is a number 3 on the recycle symbol scale. This means it’s recyclable where the proper facilities exist. PVC plastic is used largely in construction, pipes for example, credit cards, furniture, as well as medical devices and containers. A small amount of PVC is recycled into products such as mats, speed bumps, and flooring, but it’s a small percent compared to the amount of PET packaging that is recycled. In fact, Printex Transparent Packaging makes clear folding cartons from post-consumer recycled PET such as water bottles.
Versatile Packaging Material
PVC is very versatile and customizable for packaging. Not only can PVC plastic be used to create clear clamshells and plastic boxes in various shapes and sizes, but you can also include eye-catching colors and designs printed directly on the PVC package. Some brands will use PVC for their folding box or clear lid instead of PET because PVC can be debossed during the die cutting stage to create a very nice, but subtle, 3-D logo or image on the package.
These are some of the considerations when choosing your clear packaging materials.