Searching for the correct plastic for your product
Searching for the correct plastic for your product can be an absolute minefield when you are trying to source for the first time. Should you look for a plastic container wholesaler or should you use plastic container manufacturers? For instance, searching for bulk plastic bottles for cosmetics is completely different for bulk plastic bottles for drinks or paint. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of options within the product packaging industry. And clearly, the packaging of your product is often what determines whether potential customers buy it or not. You could have the best product in the world, but if the packaging is not attractive or functional for the market that you are aiming at, it will not be useful. However, if you’re a bit like me, you would want your customer to not only love your product but to love the packaging in which it comes. You might already have a clear idea of how you want your packaging to look, or you may still be thrashing ideas around. We can help you no matter where you are in the process.
1. Know What You Want & Need
You know your product better than anyone else and you will also know your market and what they want.. You know how you want the finished article to look like and also how you want it to appear on the shelves in the shop. You know what size it should be, the colour of the label and the type of closure or cap. You may need some help selecting the type of plastic required for the product that you are intending and we can help guide you with that. If there be more than one size available for your products, check that we can offer you a range in the same style.
2. Select Your Options
Next, select the size and shape of the bottle or jar and the type and colour of plastic for the actual container and the accessories that you need to go with it. Think of your branding, the colours that you use, the shape of any logo or labels that you are thinking of using. Also, think of how many different shades of a similar product you might need.
3. Order Samples!
Once you’ve picked a design, size, shape, colour, the closure and the type of plastic, the next thing to do would be to order samples so that you can test your product out over time. It may be that you require either fluorinated or UN Bottles depending on the product that you are selling. If you see a container that you like and would like it to be fluorinated, it is possible that we can arrange this for you.
What is a DIP-TUBE & will it fit the bottle you are Buying?
Various Sized Dip Tubes
The Dip-tube is the ‘straw-like’ attachment on the base of caps such as atomisers, spray guns and treatment pumps. The tube is inserted into the body of the bottle to allow the product to be ‘sucked up’ when the cap is pressed.
The Dip-tube comes as a standard length depending on which cap you are ordering, so they vary in length according to cap size. This means, for instance, that a 20mm atomiser will fit on any of our 20mm neck bottles.
Because the 20mm bottles we stock range from tall PET bottles to smaller 50ml HDPE bottles the dip tube will be long enough to fit the larger bottle but be perhaps too long for the smaller 50ml bottle.
We always recommend you try a sample of our caps and bottles before making a big purchase so if you discover the dip tube is too long for the bottle you are buying we can arrange the dip tubes get trimmed. As this is a bespoke service we charge a small fee for this.
What is FBOG?
Dip tubes’ length is measured ‘From the Bottom Of the Gasket’ (FBOG).
The gasket is contained within the body of the cap and the dip tube length is measured from this gasket to the end of the tube (not just the length of the ‘straw-like’ flexible tube). The flexible tube is push fitted into the base of the pump mechanism so can be easily removed if required.
The length of the dip-tube of atomisers and sprays is standard for the neck size so some trimming may be required to fit the size of your bottle.
Ideally, the dip tube should be trimmed to reach the bottom of the bottle you intend to use with it, just touching the base. The tube should have a ‘V’ cut out from the end to facilitate the extraction of liquids even when the bottle is almost empty.
Please contact us if you are unsure about any of the above. Caps and Accessories with dip tubes on the website usually have their length specified but if not, please check first. Call 01229 588877 or email email@example.com
HUSKY Bottles – are they for you?
Our great new range of HUSKY e-liquid bottles are proving to be a very popular line.
Vaper’s frustration when removing some manufacturers droppers!
For a long time, the vaping community has been frustrated by similar short-fill products. They were frustrated that the dropper on some manufacturers’ bottles refused to come off when it was time to refill resulting in using pliers, wire snips, tweezers, screwdrivers and such.
The Amazing Reusable Dropper
The fact the HUSKY dropper, once clicked in place, stays put – even with heavier liquid is a major benefit. But then, the fact that it can be prised off easily when required is invaluable; “No more broken nails” one person told us! In the current climate of greater awareness of using single-use plastic bottles, these re-usable droppers are a real game changer.
The question is, can industries other than Vaping benefit from this versatile range of bottles and caps?
The unique aspect of the HUSKY is the ability to handle the pouring of a thicker liquid through a narrow aperture without the fear that the dropper will block up, or suddenly pop off resulting in lots of sticky liquid spilling out.
The amazing HUSKY dropper
What about your product?
There are lots of industries that use our range of dropper bottles, twist top and flip top caps – whether this is to dispense such things as essential oils, vaping juices, tattoo ink, machine oil and lubricants, Fake blood for theatrical and training, beard oil and even lubricants for bagpipes. Basically, anything that requires a controlled flow of a thicker liquid.
The benefit of using HUSKY bottles is that they are available in a variety of sizes from 30ml and 60ml tall and squat to 100ml and 120ml. They come in clear and smokey grey gloss finished PET variations.
The Complete range of HUSKY bottles and caps
If you’d like to try the HUSKY range for your product please feel free to get in touch with your requirements. We are always happy to send a sample for you to test your product before you buy.
Call us on 01229 588877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the difference between PET and HDPE Plastic?
We are often asked what the difference is between our two biggest selling types of plastic, PET and HDPE plastic; and whether these plastics are easy to recycle.
PET plastic is generally the clear sort and is glass-like in appearance (it’s also available in glossy white from us).
HDPE plastic is more flexible and is opaque in appearance (we also stock white and black HDPE bottles).
Eco-friendly recycled bottle
We also stock the recycled Eco friendly PET plastic.
Confusing recycle codes?
PET has a recycle rating of 1 which means it can be recycled, although not always reused. The numbering system for plastic recycling (the numbers in triangles symbols) has been around for 30 years but many people are now calling for a much clearer method of identifying which are recyclable and whether they can be recycled at a local council depot or require a more specialised recycling facility.
When many plastics recycling programs were first being implemented in communities only plastics with Codes 1 and 2 (PET and HDPE) were accepted to be recycled. The list of acceptable plastic items has grown since then and in some areas councils successfully recycle most plastic products regardless of their code. This has led some councils to instruct residents to refer to the form of packaging i.e. bottles, tubs, lids etc. when determining what to include in their recycling bin, rather than instructing them to rely on the numerical codes.
In the USA, to further alleviate consumer confusion, the American Chemistry Council launched the Recycling Terms & Tools program to promote standardised language that can be used to educate consumers about how to recycle plastic products.
Possible new codes for PET and HDPE plastic ?
Modifications to the codes are currently being discussed and developed in the USA. The Sustainable Packaging Coalition has also created a How2Recycle label in an effort to replace the numerical system that aligns more closely with how the public currently uses it. Rather than indicating what type of plastic resin a product is made out of, the four How2Recycle labels indicate whether a plastic product is
- Widely Recycled (meaning greater than 60 percent of the U.S. can recycle the item through a curbside recycling program or municipal drop-off location).
- Limited (meaning only 20–60 percent of the U.S. can recycle the item through a curbside recycling program or municipal drop-off location).
- Not Yet Recycled (meaning less than 20 percent of the U.S. can recycle the item through a curbside recycling program or municipal drop-off location).
- Store Drop-Off (meaning the item can be recycled if brought to participating store drop-off locations, typically at grocery stores).
The How2Recycle labels also encourage consumers to check with local facilities to see what plastics each municipal recycling facility can accept.
It would be great see this much simpler method of recycling codes becoming a world-wide system to make it much easier for us all to combat this global problem.
Watch this space! and as always please encourage your end-user to recycle responsibly.
Hot fill packaging
The hot fill packaging process offers a number of advantages to many industries, especially in the food and drinks sectors. The heat can act as a sterilising agent, preventing the growth of bacteria. This means that it is sometimes possible to avoid the need for additional chemicals or preservatives in order to make sure that the product has a decent shelf life and doesn’t spoil. The process of hot filling will often also allow for shorter product runs, meaning that it is more accessible to smaller businesses.
The process works best with low PH products that have been chemically neutralised. When the products are hot filled, they are capped and then inverted so that the cap and neck are also sterilised. The bottles are immediately cooled down.
But can you hot fill PET bottles?
The short answer is no, you cannot. It’s a shame because PET bottles can have the look of a quality glass, bringing elegance to a product and adding market value because it looks so good and is lighter to transport than glass. However, standard PET plastic is not suitable for normal hot fill. The usual recommendation is that PET plastic containers are tolerant of being filled with products up to 40°C. Some people say that you can get away with slightly higher temperatures than this, but it is important to test each product for chemical and heat compatibility.
We once left some PET bottles in a conservatory on a hot summer’s day, much to our peril, they all warped. You may have seen a similar effect from leaving a PET container in a hot car.
The good news is that new grades of PET and new additives in the plastic are being tested even as you read this. There is hope in the plastics industry that there is good progress being made and that it is something that will be available in the near future. But we are not there yet.