Green Points

-Thursday, February 11, 2016

Guest Blogger SaraHi there, Sara here again. It has been so long since I’ve sat down at a computer to write, that I almost don’t remember how. My life in a nutshell has grown so astronomically time consuming that I haven’t been able to sit down and enjoy any crafting or inventing pleasures for a long while.

Why you might ask?

Well, because my oldest just started school, so there’s homeschooling. And what do I do with middlest and youngest during homeschool? Whatever they want is pretty much the answer. I can’t seem to get a handle on this added bunch of activities, but it is slowly improving. So my house is a little messier, but everyone is fed and cared for, so asking for anything more… that just might be pushing my luck.

So what am I going to talk to you about today? What cool concoction have I concocted for you? Uh sorry, but that part about no time, that was for real! However I did stumble upon the most awesome discovery. As I was cleaning the craft/school room, I noticed my almost two year old putting those crappy packing peanuts in one of my P.O.D. bullet bottles. Oh no! How on earth am I going to get those crappy peanuts out of there? I knew I should have stopped saving those (I save everything.)

Biodegradable Packing Peanuts

One call to my rep at P.O.D. and I was reassured that I can keep on keeping those crappy peanuts, which aren’t so crappy after all. In fact, they’re a green product, completely biodegradable. Super awesome in my book!! So I filled the bottle with water and shook it all up. Viola’ the magical packing peanuts disappeared and I was able to pour them out of the bottle and rinse it out. Unfortunately my P.O.D. rep was unable to help me remove the lucky charms from my euro bottles. I’m still looking into that one.

Any company that is putting forth the effort to reduce, reuse, recycle, and help rather than hinder, always earns extra points in my book. With P.O.D. I have never found that their number one concern is money. While I understand that business is business, I also understand that creating quality relationships with your customers is equally as important as quality product and making money. Kudos to Packing Options Direct for their extra efforts.

*** Just an added note. When working with an almost two year old, I highly recommend watching what you say. I may or may not have said the word describing the structure that stops up water, and she may or may not be repeating it nonstop. ***

Next week I’ll have something crafty for you all to read about! See you then!

Bottles For Essential Oils - Guide To Essential Oils

-Thursday, August 20, 2015

Guest blogger SaraHey guys, it’s me again… Sara, your friendly POD guest blogger.

Have you ever found yourself using a catch phrase? Like “true story”; or “You’re killin’ me smalls?”. Well, lately mines been “I’ve got an oil for that!” and I find myself saying it a lot lately! I mean it when I say “a lot”.

I help run Kingman Homesteading Co-Op, a group local to Kingman, AZ; but open to everyone through our Facebook group (so be sure to check us out ). One of the many things we do is make bulk purchases of various items in an effort to bring affordability to our neighborhood; and we have seen great success in our co-op purchases of essential oils. We pool our money to buy in bulk; then separate everything into smaller packages. (Full disclosure, we occasionally get a freebie by doing this!)

Seriously though, this is one of our more exciting co-op purchases, and is a great idea for any small group or community who want to start buying things that just seem completely unaffordable to individuals. Since there are so many essential oils to choose from, sometimes we get new oils, and sometimes we restock on oils we had previously ordered. (Or you can join our K.H.C. Marketplace in the Facebook community. Ok, plug done!)

Essential Oils Bottles and Droppers

To get a better idea of our process, here’s what we do.

First the admin team of the co-op work together to determine what oils the members are looking for, and which ones make the most sense for purchase at that particular time. We then figure how many people need to contribute, and how much the buy-in is going to be (usually $50 to $75 depending on types of oils). Once we have the required number of participants sign-up and prepay, we are ready to get this deal going.

Essential Oils Bottles and Droppers

The next step is to buy our materials. We order the oils in bulk (I have several companies I use, but none that I trust yet to recommend.); usually from 10-16 different varieties. We buy each oil in a 16 oz. or larger bulk volume, and we repackage it based on the number of participants. At that time, we also buy the 30 ml. Euro bottles (we prefer the blue) and Euro dropper closures needed for repackaging the oils, from my friends at P.O.D. (Yup, I use them for all my packaging needs, if possible, they are typically the least expensive, yet have the best quality.)

Once our materials come in (which always feels like Christmas), the real work begins. We begin repackaging the bulk oils into the bottles we got from P.O.D. using a glass dropper and transfer oils. (HOW EASY IS THAT?!) Although, don’t forget to do this step in a well ventilated area as the oils can be quite strong in smell.

By doing this, we can offer multiple participants (usually 16) a 1 oz. bottles of each of the pure essential oils purchased, which brings their overall cost for each oil to about $3.13 to $4.69 a bottle. In the world of essential oils, anyone will tell you, this is an incredible deal. The finished product look just like what you would buy at the store for a much higher price.


So I know what you’re thinking…. That’s great Sara, I have these oils, but how do I use them?

Choosing The Right Bottles and Droppers For Essential Oils

Firstly, you can use them to supplement your income. You can redistribute your oils in smaller quantities; like splitting your 1 oz. bottles into .5 oz. (or 15 ml.) bottles or smaller glass vials.  Another way to profit is to make your own blends using a carrier oil (like coconut oil,) and selling them. I personally use my oils in making my homemade products, like lip balm (see the instructions here.)

I highly recommend essential oils; and over the past year I have become a strong believer in their healing properties, as they are extremely useful for many ailments. I find myself saying “I have an oil for that,” at least once a day. It’s so bad that my husband has started to poke fun at me, and ask me for my “eye of newt” on a regular basis. But he cannot deny that he has had positive results from oils, and blends I have made for him.

The idea of an Essential oil is that it contains the nutrition from a plant and using that plant’s side effects to your benefit. Those side effects are the healing properties that people feel when they use the oil.

I do not condone ingesting oils, or placing them directly on your skin. There are some oils that are safe for that, but again, I wouldn’t dare recommend it. It would be like determining how much of a pharmaceutical you can take and how you can take it. It just isn’t safe. I also recommend that you research each oil that you use. That way you are educated in your decisions. There is so much information about oils, that I’m constantly checking and re-checking and triple-checking my fact finding to insure it’s safe. I also do not promote the use of oils on infants!

Here are some must haves for oil (In my opinion – I use these daily)

  • Lavender – for EVERYTHING, seriously
  • Tea Tree – for antiseptic and skin issues
  • Peppermint – for fevers, relaxation, headaches, muscle and joint pain
  • Wintergreen – for tummy aches
  • Chamomile – PMS!!
  • Ginger – arthritis
  • Frankincense – for inflammation, pain, sedation, and stress/anxiety
  • Eye of newt – For fun! (not really a thing that I know of)

Bottles, Droppers, and Fine Mist Sprayers For Your Essential Oils

Now that you know about how to get a great deal on essential oils, and some ways to use them, I thought I would finish this blog out with a couple of my favorite recipes for some blends. These are ones that I use regularly. For these blends, I typically use the dropper, or a fine mist sprayer, with the bottle:

  • Take 3 drops of lavender and 3 drops of Tea Tree and mix with water. Use this to spray on scrapes and cuts. It will help the skin heal and help calm the “patient” (child, husband, or other) down. I know my kids get pretty hysterical when they get banged up.
  • Take a carrier oil (I like coconut, but you can use almond or whatever you like) and mix in 3 drops lavender, 3 drops frankincense, 3 drops of chamomile, and 1 drop of wintergreen. This should fill the bottle. Then using a dropper lid, fill the dropper and put it into your hand, rub on your tummy for P.M.S, constipation, or just a bad case of tummy aches.

You can try different blends and use what works best for you! If you have a blend that you and would like to share it with me, please feel free to leave me a message or post on one of my Facebook pages. You can follow me at Homemade Revolt on Facebook, or follow me at My Homesteading Revolution.

And as always keep following our blog here on P.O.D, to see how we make some of these awesome products!


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The Ideas Are Endless - Check Out These Product Ideas

-Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hey all, Sara here. It’s been a whirlwind of a few months for me. I went to the Arizona Freedom Festival to represent my Homesteading Co-op group, and was fortunate to be able to showcase some of my wares as well as some containers from my friends at Packaging Options Direct.

Do It Yourself Product Ideas

Rather than give you a tutorial on how to make a specific product like I’ve done in the past, I thought I would show you some the things we created for the Freedom Fest and maybe, in the process, give you some ideas on how to use a few of P.O.D.’s awesome products for your own DIY creations. Here are some of the beautiful things myself, and a few friends were create with a little imagination, determination, and some beautiful packaging.

Safety First - My friend Laura, over at Skytop Homestead made some emergency kits from P.O.D.’s 16 oz. square cobalt blue plastic jar.

These kits, which are great for on-the-go use, and easily able to be stored in your car, or camping gear included:

Feelin’ Spicy - Since we were in a camping situation, Laura and I packaged some “essentials” in 1 oz. green Boston Round bottles that we thought some people may have forgotten. These were a big hit, because yes, people forgot their spices! Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you want flavorless food. And… the small size were great for adding some spice to the camping gear!

Skytop Homestead created some beautiful blends of:

  • Seasoned Salt
  • Italian Seasoned Salt
  • Moroccan Spiced Salt
  • Spicy Sea Salt

Homemade Revolt packaged these up:

  • Seasoning Salt
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Local, raw, honey
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Garlic Powder

Skytop Homestead used the 4 oz. amber glass jar to create some custom salt blends:

  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Italian Sea Salt
  • Seasoned Sea Salt
  • Smoked Himalayan Salt
  • Smoked Italian Sea Salt

Does a Body Good – We knew that this weekend long festival might take its toll on the body, and we wanted to be sure we brought products that weren’t just for making the food better.  My friend over atSkytop Homestead used the same 4 oz. amber jars from above to create these various concoctions. She used and packaged some wonderful things.

  • Sore muscle rub
  • Moon cycle rub
  • Tooth Powders
  • Deodorant Cream
  • Sunscreen

Aren’t her labels beautiful? All home crafted, amazing products!

Homemade Revolt used these 15 ml square plastic clear balm jar to package up similar balms; but in smaller and more convenient sizes which are easy to throw in the purse, or gym bag, or for quick access on-the-go.

  • Sore muscle relief balm
  • Burn Balm

Since the festival was the first weekend of May, Homemade Revolt used the upcoming Mother’s Day to make these lovely treats for the bath and beauty lover. We thought perhaps it would give the fellas or children a last minute chance to give Mom a little self-pamper-spoiling for her special day. Using P.O.D.’s corked glass jars, and plastic latch-top Kilner jars we created these lovely items.

  • Oatmeal and essential oil bath soaks
  • Oatmeal and sugar energizing scrub

Plastic Bullet Ideas

By using plastic bullet bottles in various sizes and colors and using some fine mist sprayers, Homemade Revolt was able to package up some practical yet fun things that might have interested Mom as well.


  • Potty Spray (Would you believe me if I told you it works? IT DOES)
  • Waterless Hair Cleanser
  • Hair Detangle Spray
  • Bug Repellant
  • Linin Spray (My seriously, all-time, most-favorite, product ever – True Story!

Skytop Homestead wanted to give the Mom’s (or anybody for that matter) an alternate way to relax, and she created useful essential oil blends using green 1 oz. Boston Round bottles in both dropper and spray versions.

  • Anti-anxiety blend
  • Stress relief blend
  • Migraine relief blend
  • Bug Spray
  • Antiseptic spray
  • Kid’s boo-boo spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunburn soother

It wasn’t just our two small start-up companies that partook in the festivities. My Lovely Friend, Sinnamon, created her beautiful, relaxing scented candles using Packaging Options Directs candle jars, specifically their 10 oz. round candle jar.

Udderly Natural is a Kingman, AZ based company that makes homemade beauty products; specializing in making the best soaps and lotions from goat’s milk. It’s extremely hard to see from this picture, but she uses P.O.D. clear 6 oz. bullet bottles with press top closures to package her lotions in!

Lastly, Homemade Revolt created new flavored/scented lip balms using a .25 oz. oblong tin. This thing is amazing, and is one of my favorite products in the P.O.D. catalog.  They are super easy to fill, and the lid slides on and off easily. Plus, with their small compact size, these fit in your pocket better than the old-school tubes that are so common.

I also made a new product I like to call Spray Kisses using a 4.5 oz. natural plastic cylinder with sprayer, and over cap. They are a pocket sized boo-boo spray for kiddos. Great for wounds and for calming. The spray on nature of the packaging makes it easy to use on your kids, which means less battle in getting the little ones to let you take care of them.

Want to know how to make the lip balm? See my previous post here.

Share Your Product Ideas and Connect With Us

Are you interested in learning more? Keep following our blog here on P.O.D, to see how we make some of these awesome products! You can also like Homemade Revolt on Facebook, or follow us at The Homesteading Revolution.

What are some of the ways you use your P.O.D. wares? Leave us a comment and share your ideas, and creations, or thoughts and questions about the items featured in this blog.

Homemade Revolt would love to send a big THANK YOU, to friends over at Packaging Options Direct, Skytop Homestead, Sinnamon, Udderly Natural and everyone in K.H.C. for all their hard work and help not just with this event, but in our everyday lives. The partnerships we are creating are truly one of a kind.

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Creative Uses Of Canning Jars From Canning Jars Supplier

-Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Candy Buffet Jars – Prom Décor, and So Much More

By Brianne Livas

Every spring, a tradition takes place. One of joy, and excitement. One full of glitz and glam… and teenagers cutting loose. That’s right. I’m talking about Prom. A time where girls hit the salons to get dolled up, and dress in the newest gown that Momma has been waiting all year to go buy. The guys adorn their suits, and use that money they’ve been saving to take that special girl to dinner before the big event.  But what goes into the event itself?

There is a lot of behind the scenes preparation that takes place to make the venue look as good as the high school students who will walk through the doors. From choosing balloons and creating back drops; customizing the table décor, and even planning the menu for the evening. Most of us walked into the grand ballroom and looked in awe at its beauty, but didn’t stop to look at the creativity and planning that went into making the night so magical.

In Mineola, Texas; the Prom Committee of Mineola High School started planning early. They quickly zeroed in on a vintage theme. It was simple classic feel, with a fun twist. The committee wanted to have a candy buffet with treats the students would enjoy, including Sour Patch Kids, Hot Tamales, M&M’s Mints, and more. They also knew they wanted to get some Mason style canning jars to use as the nights souvenir for the teens to take their candy home in.  In February of 2015, one of the class mom’s reached out to us about placing an order. When our team at Packaging Options Direct heard about the tight budget the committee was working with, we volunteered to donate our 500 ml PET Kilner jars to their cause. What came from that donation was a sight to see.

Misty, the aforementioned Mom, and her team took our Kilner jars to another level. They gave the jars an etched, frosted appearance. They started this process by applying stickers that read the events theme “Night Under the Stars”, as well as a commemorative note “Mineola High School prom 2015”. Then they sandblasted the jars, and finally removed the stickers. The extra TLC gave the jars a truly special look, and became a work of art that the students would be able to hold on to.

But the team also took the jars to another level. What started out as just a jar for taking home candy from the candy buffet, also became a very elegant candle and centerpiece for the table décor. The committee added a battery powered tea light candle to the jar to give a soft glow to the evening.

By taking the simple things we see every day, and elevating them to a higher level the committee was able to create a beautiful evening for the students to enjoy and made the evening a true success. And as a little added sweetness, the students loved their souvenir candy jar.

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Amazing Homemade Lip Balm - The Best Lip Balm Recipe

-Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Photo of Sara, Packaging Options Direct guest bloggerHomemade, Homegrown & Hand-RaisedHey there, it’s Sara again. So, as usual, I am busy with my endeavors. There is a local “trading” event coming up and I’m busy creating things to trade. I am trying to come up with things that I can replicate for a new brand of homemade items I’m trying to launch. Nothing major, just some local farmers market type events.

I have been busy working on designing tags, business cards, logos, packaging, etc….

It’s called Homemade Revolt, by The Homesteading Revolution! Ok, there’s my plug, moving on…

So, for the trading event, I have gathered up all my POD supplies and gone to work. I was able to very quickly make some surprisingly easy and awesome lip balm.

How To Make Homemade Lip Balm

Total time: 20 minutes

Skill level: Beginner


***Using local bee-related ingredients, helps you maintain a good immune system. Local bees gather local ingredients, so it helps you fight off local allergens, etc.***


There are a billion different recipes circling the internet right now, so I tried 1:1:½ Bees wax, coconut oil, honey. I am pleased with the results. Mine hardened a little more than I would have liked, so next time I will increase the coconut oil by an extra ½ to 1.


Grate your bees wax and add to double boiler (Mine was already grated, but if you use your grater, it will be covered with wax, so don’t use your nice one that you use with food,) with coconut oil. Melt down to liquid state, then add honey. Completely incorporate honey, and mix in tinted mineral oil if interested. Stir until all ingredients are mixed together in liquid state.  (I added my tinted mineral powder prior to melting, it works just as well)

Take your medicine dropper and fill your lip balm containers carefully.

0.3 oz Round Metal Balm Tin and Cover

***Please take care, as the balm will be very hot. I should have put these containers on something to prevent the heat from getting to my table. Don’t do what I did here, use your dropper to pack the un-tinted balm first, it took me awhile to clean the dropper so I didn’t get tint in the regular balm.***

Let your lip balm cool, as it cools, it will harden. You can increase the amount of bees wax to develop a harder balm, or increase the amount of coconut oil to make it a softer one.

I have been using my lip balm for at least a week, maybe two, and I’m completely in love already. Every time someone sees me with it, they want one, so I give them one…..I may not have any left to trade, but that’s ok. I really like that I can re-use these awesome tins to make more lip balm once I have used it all up. 

Homemade Lip Balm (Know You Know!)

These are lovely, all natural, no preservative, chemical free, inexpensive, customizable lip balms. Did I mention these are easy to make? They are! Have fun creating your own versions!

If you want to learn more about me, my endeavors, or simply just say hello, check out my website called My Homesteading Revolution, previous POD blogs, or find me on Facebook.

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How To Make Foaming Soap For Your Soap Dispenser

-Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Photo of Sara, Packaging Options Direct guest bloggerHi, me again, the one with the three beautiful girls. Did I mention I’m a homesteader in Arizona? We have a lot of dirt here in the high desert, and my girls are not easy on their clothes, or shoes, or hair. In fact, they are just downright grubby little humans. Also, these little princesses are still learning the concept of not wasting things. Turn off lights etc... I haven’t been able to break them of their soap overload. Seriously, these kids use a bottle of soap every couple days.

My friends over at Packaging Options Direct have sent me a magical device to help me in my quest for clean, non-wasting princesses.

Ta Da!!!!  (Don’t mind my photo-bombing cat, Aspen)

Foaming Soap Dispenser


Ok so, the coolness level of this is like 15 out of 10. I like expensive soap, but it doesn’t come in one of those fancy foaming bottles. Now my expensive soap is like a concentrate. Enough about me, this is going to help my kids not waste my expensive soap anymore!!

I didn’t even measure this out. I poured soap into the bottle until it was about ¼ of the way full, and then I filled it almost to the top with water. You have to leave room for the lid and the suds, for when you shake it up. Put the lid on and shake, shake, shake! I had really great helpers for this.

I always tell my girls that even Princesses need to wash their hands, so my biggest tiny human wanted special princess soap. The gears started grinding and I was on a mission to make princess soap.

I added a couple drops of red food dye to help make it pink. I was careful to keep it low key, since I wanted their hands clean, not pink! The magic of childhood is appearances, so I decided to decorate the bottle in true princess fashion. I used permanent markers this time.  My little helpers wanted to help so badly, so I turned this over to them.

Ta Da! Princess wash, complete with pink flower: Simple, yet fun and effective!

How To Make Foaming Soap For Your Pump

Here’s a quick rundown of the instructions for the soap.

  1. Take your favorite hand soap (dish soap, or any other type of soap will work too.)
  2. Fill white foaming bottle ¼ of the way up with soap.
  3. Add water almost to top.
  4. Attach foaming pump lid.
  5. Shake!
  6. Pump a few times to get the soap into the foaming pump.

Here are the supplies I used from POD (A big thanks for all their cool products)

Total cost of the reusable bottle and foaming pump was $0.97. For the children’s soap pump, I bought a bottle of dollar store soap, which will be used approximately 6 times. This makes my cost per fill approximately $0.32 for the first 6 times, then $0.16 for each time following. For my expensive castile soap that I love, it’s roughly $10. I think I can get 20 uses out of it (with none wasted!!!) for only $0.50 a fill!

I am seriously putting these all over the house. This will be a great way for them to shampoo their hair, body washes, and for me to wash dishes since I’m the soap waster in that area.

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Homemade DIY Bath Salt and Body Scrub Fundraiser

-Monday, May 11, 2015

Our Packaging Options Direct customer Leslie Fly, from Oshi Flowers, came to Bri seeking some jars for a personal fundraiser she wanted to put on to support her team in the upcoming Relay for Life Nashville to support the American Cancer Society. Upon speaking with Leslie, Bri and the Packaging Options Direct Team wanted to support her efforts, and donated the jars she was originally looking to purchase out of her own pocket. Read Leslie’s story below.

By Leslie Fly

Diving into a project because you see the idea or inspiration, on a blog or Pinterest board, brings out your creativity, excitement and curiosity. Then comes finding all the right items at the right price. As a Team Captain for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Nashville, those were my thoughts when I was needing to come up with an onsite fundraiser. Relay for Life - American Cancer Society

Donation from Packaging Options DirectI have recently become involved with essential oils and started making bath salts and scrubs, so I thought "Hey why not offer a make and take with bath salts and scrubs as the team's fundraiser?”. As a customer of Packaging Options Direct since 2014, I was at the same time receiving emails from them about different specials going on so I thought that's where I can get the jars for the best price! After a phone call P.O.D they were extremely generous and donated the 240 of the 8 oz. cream jars and lids, as well as, a personal donation to my team's fundraising goal! All the items arrived - within two days of being told the items were going to be donated! Craziness!

The idea was a “Create Your Own” bath salt bar at the event. My team and I put together 48 jars of a mixture of Epsom salt and baking soda, so those who didn't want to mix their own from scratch could just add the essential oils and go, while others could make their own salts from scratch.  They started from the beginning by blending the Epsom salt and baking soda; and then mixed in their choice of essential oils.

If you couldn’t make it out for our onsite fundraiser but still want to support our team’s efforts, please click here; and check back later in May for my update to this story.

Bath Salt and Body Scrub Fundraiser

Students Create Amazing Rustic Mason Jar Centerpieces

-Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Packaging Options Direct Goes to Florida

by Leira Fomburn and Brianne Livas

The Advanced Food Production Class of the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University located in Biscayne Bay Miami, was assigned a hands-on culinary project where the students would have the unique opportunity to organize an entire lunch event, including: decorations, food, music, menus and a signature drink.

The point of this assignment was to allow the students to get hands-on training on many different aspects of the hospitality industry including restaurant, event, and culinary management.  In this event, the culinary students would prepare and serve the meals to the public.

The event was held on Friday, March 20th 2015 at the FIU Biscayne Bay campus in the school's Restaurant Management Lab.

The dinner's theme was rustic and the group's idea was to have rustic centerpieces with mason jars, rustic menu designs, and to serve a rustic signature drink in 16 oz. mason jars. This is a very affordable way to decorate any rustic party, dinner, or even wedding simply using twine, baby breath flowers and mason jars.

Creative Uses Of Economy Jars

Packaging Options Direct was proud to sponsor this event by contributing by economy jars for the signature drinks, and centerpieces.


To prepare the economy jar centerpieces, twine was wrapped around the jars until the desired thickness was reached. After wrapping the twine, it was tied off by making a bow. The flowers consisted of baby's breaths and 3-4 daisy's in each arrangement. To give the table a little more color, the students served their sweet, tea infused Arnold Palmer signature drink in the 16 oz. economy jars which was garnished which a slice of lemon.

The guests were highly impressed with the vent and the students were thrilled with how well everything turned out. Many guests even wanted to take the centerpieces home.

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Understanding Types of Plastic

-Thursday, March 26, 2015

"BRI"ef: 109 - Packaging Options Direct’s Guide to Understanding Plastic Packaging

Plastic bottles and plastic jars are great for a wide range of products. The convenience, flexibility, safety, and sustainability make the economical containers a smart choice for products ranging from shampoos and weed killers. The added benefits of lightweight portability and being able to recycle most plastic containers makes them a definite packaging contender in the great packaging battle of glass versus plastic. In fact, here are a couple of quick statistics that might blow your mind.

  • 20 billion plastic bottles are produced every year.
  • Plastic bottles generally cost less to ship than glass bottles.

But how do you know which plastic containers are right for your product? With so many types of plastic on the market it can get quite over whelming.  In this “BRI”ef, I am going to give you a quick breakdown on the primary types of plastic, their resin identification, and the primary benefits of each type.

PETE - Polyethylene Terephthalate

Polyethylene Terephthalate – The most useful and widely used plastic and is generally used for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, carbonated beverages, mouthwashes, and liquors.  PET is often rigid and transparent (or even crystal clear), and has very good oil barrier properties, good alcohol and solvent barrier, and a fair water barrier. PET containers have a 176° Fahrenheit max temperature (204° F for short periods) and a -58° Fahrenheit minimum temperature. Though PET containers are not recommended for autoclave or dry heat sterilization, you can sterilize them with gas, gamma irradiation, or chemical disinfectant sterilization processes.

HDPE - High Density Polyethylene

High Density Polyethylene – Depending on the density of this plastic, it is often more rigid than LDPE, or MDPE plastics; making it most commonly used for detergents, bleaches, syrups, industrial cleaning products, cosmetics, and oils (both industrial and edible).  Milky in color (known in the container industry as “Natural”) HDPE plastics have a higher opacity than LDPE plastics. They are also known to have good impact strength, as well as a good environmental stress crack resistance, and better barrier properties than LDPE plastics.  HDPE bottles have a 230° Fahrenheit max temperature (248° F for short periods) and a -148° Fahrenheit minimum temperature. Though HDPE containers are not recommended for autoclave or dry heat sterilization, you can sterilize them with gas, gamma irradiation, or chemical disinfectant sterilization processes.

V - Polyvinylchloride

Polyvinylchloride – Bottles and jars made of PVC are often hard and rigid; and are transparent but have a blue hue to them. Most commonly they are used for automotive chemicals, cosmetics, personal care products, household chemicals, edible oils, and vinegars. They have a very good resistance to oils and a low permeability to gases. These are not recommended for temperatures in excess of 158° Fahrenheit, but have a low temperature threshold of -13° Fahrenheit. Recommended sterilization processes would be gas or chemical disinfectant. 

Medium Density Polyethylene

Medium Density Polyethylene – Great for squeeze applications, this type of plastic provides intermediate properties between low and high density polyethylene, as it is more rigid than LDPE, but less rigid than HDPE. These bottles are usually milky in color.

LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene

Low Density Polyethylene – Generally used for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products this is the most highly used plastic. LDPE is flexible and milky in color. LDPE containers have high impact strength, so high in fact they are virtually unbreakable.  They have excellent environmental stress crack resistance; and are resistant to many chemicals. The down side to LDPE plastic is that it has a low water and alcohol permeability; so they can be slowly attacked by strong oxidizing agents or solvents which will eventually cause softening or swelling.  LDPE bottles have a 176° Fahrenheit max temperature (204° F for short periods) and a -58° Fahrenheit minimum temperature. Though LDPE containers are not recommended for autoclave or dry heat sterilization, you can sterilize them with gas, gamma irradiation, or chemical disinfectant sterilization processes.

PP - Polypropylene

Polypropylene – More rigid than HDPE plastics, bottles made of PP tend to naturally be more yellowish or gray in color; but can be translucent or even clear depending on exactly how they are made. Most commonly used for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, syrups, juices, shampoos and more. They have an excellent environmental stress crack resistance, and though properties are generally equal to those of HDPE plastics, PP plastics are also resistant to most chemicals. A major advantage to PP containers is that they have a higher temperature resistance than HDPE containers, a max temperature of 275° Fahrenheit, and a 32° Fahrenheit minimum temperature.  The containers can be sterilized by autoclave, gas, or chemical disinfectant.

PS - Polystyrene

Polystyrene – A hard, rigid, transparent plastic with good dimensional stability makes this plastic great for dry pharmaceuticals, jellies, vitamins, and spices. PS has a good chemical resistance to many aqueous solutions but is soluble in many aromatic or halogenated solvents and could become brittle at lower temperatures. Though the plastic is okay at temperatures of 158° Fahrenheit for short times, it is not generally recommend that they are keep in temperatures in excess of 140° Fahrenheit ; and should not be kept at temperatures below -40° Fahrenheit. Gas sterilization or gamma irradiation sterilization processes are most recommended for containers made of PS plastic.

Check out and download our Plastic Comparison Chart below to easily compare types of plastics; and read some of my previous “BRI”efs for more helpful information on choosing your packaging. I hope you join me next time, and as always, I am happy to help any time our valued customers have questions. Please feel free to email us, or call us at (855) 754-3728 if you should ever need assistance with choosing the correct product for your specific needs. Should you have any questions about this blog, or ideas for future please email me at, and type BLOG TOPIC in the subject line.

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Let’s Get Spicy – From Bags to Bottles

-Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Packaging Options Direct featured blog

Hi, my name is Sara. I’m mother of three beautiful girls, a full time homesteader in Arizona; and a loyal Packaging Options Direct customer.  I am excited to be a featured blogger for P.O.D.  Over my series; I’ll be giving you tips, tricks, and recipes on how to use the cool items that Packaging Options Direct has to offer.

Today, we are looking at a little help in the kitchen. You see, I have a not-so-complex love/hate relationship with flavors. For instance, I love flavors; spicy, sweet, tangy, earthy. I don’t however love the complex nature in which flavors come (i.e. spice jars, bottles, bags, etc…)

So I’m on a mission to turn this (my current spice storage):

Into this:

Let’s get started!

Here is what you’ll need:

Really quickly I’d like to take a moment to advocate for the wet erase markers. First, I love them because they aren’t permanent (Who’s ready for those decisions?) and it cannot accidentally be rubbed off like the dry erase markers. Here is an example:


After I rubbed with a finger

After a wet wipe


The Steps...


  1. Step one – Pick a spice and pour it into a jar.
  2. Step two – Add shaker fitment (optional) and threaded closure.
  3. Step three – Label (you can get creative here if you choose. Printable labels, chalkboard paint and chalk, markers, paint, etc… As you see, I have labeled both the closure, and the glass bottle with a wet erase marker.)


Here I needed to use a funnel so I didn’t spill everywhere.



Super easy! And look how beautiful these containers are in my drawer.



I am happy to be on my way to a love/love relationship with flavor. These spice containers provide me with the organization and accessibility that I so desperately need. Also, this project only took me a few minutes. A definite bonus in my book!


To learn more about Sara, click here.