-Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The possibilities for using glass jars as storage are endless.
Whether you are packaging food to sell or just being efficient with leftovers, glass jars are the king of storage. Not only are glass jars more attractive and creative for food storage, but they are also way better than plastic containers.
With a few ideas, tips and tricks under your belt, you can use glass jars safely and beautifully to store food in your fridge, freezer and pantry.
Glass jars can be found in just about every size, color and shape that you could possibly ever need. Using glass jars for food storage is one of the best ways to keep your pantry, fridge and freezer organized. You can label them, paint them and customize and organize them in any way you please.
We’re pretty experienced with all kinds of packaging here at Packaging Options Direct, but even we can’t deny the versatility, popularity and efficiency of glass jars when it comes to food storage.
Although there is a myriad of ways you can use glass jars in your everyday life, today we are going to focus on putting together the ultimate guide to food storage with glass jars.
The benefits of glass jars heavily outweigh those of plastic containers. Some of the most important and significant benefits of using glass jars versus plastic include:
Simply put, when using glass jars as storage you become more economical, eco-friendly and you won’t compromise the quality and flavor of the food that is packaged. With good care, you will use your glass jars almost indefinitely.
The real question is what can’t you store in glass jars? If we were to list every little thing that you can put away in a glass jar we would have to write an entire book, and unfortunately not everyone is as much of a fanatic about packaging options as we are, so we don’t think the book would sell too well.
That’s why we’ll stick to simple lists…everyone loves lists.
You can also store things like laundry detergent, office supplies, cotton balls, tools and more in glass jars. Glass jars are pretty much the most versatile thing in the world.
Whether you are looking for glass jars for personal use at home and food storage, or if you need glass jars to package and sell your product, Packaging Options Direct can help you find and pick out the best glass jars for your needs.
Here at Packaging Options Direct, we have more than 100 years of experience with all kinds of packaging ranging from glass bottles, glass jars, tins, scoops and more.
Contact us if you have any questions about glass jars, packaging or for more information about our products.
-Friday, March 14, 2014
Are you searching for the perfect glass bottle for your home brew? Did you find a new DIY project on Pinterest that you are just dying to try out and it features glass bottles? Or maybe you’re thinking about decorating with glass bottles?
Regardless of your motivation or inspiration Packaging Options Direct offers a wide variety of glass bottles to fulfill your every need.
Glass bottles are not created equal and they vary in size, shape and color. Glass is renewable and 100% recyclable without losing strength or quality. This means that a glass bottle can go from the recycling bin to store shelves in as little as 30 days. This is one of the main reasons why glass bottles are increasingly becoming more popular and individuals are moving away from using plastic.
Glass is a wonderful packaging option because it ensures the product maintains its quality. Due to the variety of color and size options, it can be overwhelming to decide what kind of glass bottle you want to store your product in. What’s the deal with the different colors anyway? Is there a difference between a green bottle and a clear bottle? There is.
Let’s discuss the battle of the glass bottles and decipher the difference between clear and colored bottles.
The main colors that glass bottles are produced in are green, brown, blue and clear.
The different colors for glass bottles are achieved through various chemical additives, dyes and reactions.
So what’s the difference between clear and colored bottles? Besides the color the difference, it depends on what exactly you will be using the bottles for.
In today’s modern world of Pinterest, Etsy and other popular DIY or handmade websites, people are bombarded with millions of creative ideas.
Apart from that, companies are continually producing beer, wine, oils, personal care items and other products that need to be safely and aesthetically stored. Some companies and individuals decide to use colored bottles for simple marketing and packaging reasons, while others use specific bottles meant to protect the quality of the product.
Beer and wine are typically stored in darker bottles so the taste and quality isn’t compromised by light. Beer bottles were green in color until the 1930s when it was discovered that brown bottles filtered out light and prevented the beer from going bad.
Clear and green bottles won’t do much for filtering out harmful light, so they aren’t recommended for beers that are hoppy. Beer that contains little or no hops can be safely packaged in clear or green bottles. If you are creating essential oils and storing them in glass bottles, don’t worry about the clear versus colored issue. For most oils, the color of the bottle they are stored in will not affect the quality of the oil.
Of course there are always exceptions, so you should research your oils to learn if they are affected by light and if they need to be protected in colored glass bottles. If you are creating personal care items such as lotions and creams you can also store those in colored or clear glass bottles without worrying about compromising the quality of the product.
If you add a tint of color to your product you may prefer to show it off in a clear bottle. If your product is generic in color, then you may want to add to it by presenting it in a pretty blue or green bottle.
It all comes down to aesthetics. Other common uses for glass bottles include decoration, repurposing them as vases, painting them and more.
At the end of the day, choosing between colored or clear glass bottles is a personal preference.
Unless science or chemistry has proven that a certain color is better for a product, such as brown bottles and beer, then it really doesn’t matter what you choose. Packaging is a big part of a product.
You can offer the finest quality hand lotion or the best wine in the world, but if you package it wrong it can hurt your business.
Whether you choose green bottles, brown bottles, blue bottles or clear bottles for your business or DIY project, Packaging Options Direct will assist you with all your needs.
-Sunday, March 2, 2014
Thanks to social media sites like Pinterest and e-commerce websites like Etsy, which is focused on handmade items and art and craft supplies, there has never been a better time to consider making a business out of glass bottles and jars.
More and more savvy entrepreneurs are finding creative ways to start businesses and make additional income using their creativity and DIY capabilities in conjunction with glass bottles and jars and their seemingly endless uses. From homemade pasta sauces to beautiful artwork made out of repurposed glass bottles and jars, the possibilities can stretch as far as your imagination will take you.
Whether you’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to turn your grandmother’s secret salad dressing recipe into a worldwide sensation or have turned your Pinterest obsession for planning events into a real life business filled with gorgeous Mason jar centerpieces, having a great source for packaging can mean all the difference to your success.
Other popular businesses that are popping up using glass bottles and jars include companies that repurpose wine bottles into candle surrounds or holders, drinking glasses, planters and vases, and others that use glass bottles and jars in the food and cosmetic industries.
From choosing the right size and shape for your glass bottles and jars to helping you select the right closure, scoop or color, our professionals at Packaging Options Direct are your trusted packaging partners.
We understand the demands of small businesses and will work to ensure that your needs are met and exceeded. We will never ask you for a minimum order and you can count on excellent customer service, fast shipping and quality products.
Here are a few considerations to make before choosing the right glass bottles and jars for your business:
To learn more about glass bottles and jars for your small business, our team at Packaging Options Direct encourages you to contact them at your convenience.
We love learning more about the entrepreneurs that frequent our store and the endless ways our products are being used across the world, and would be delighted to help you in the selection process.
With a background in the packaging industry that dates back more than 100 years ago to a hardworking man who had the idea to sell used glass bottles in St. Louis, our company was built with the same entrepreneurial vision as your small business. Let us help you with all your packaging needs.
We look forward to hearing from you and to watching your business grow and flourish with glass bottles and jars.
Should you have any questions, you can contact us by calling customer service at 1-855-754-3728 between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm CST, Monday thru Friday. We look forward to hearing from you soon!