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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:

Before

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!

 

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Packaging Options Direct Product Reviews

-Monday, February 23, 2015

Thank you for all the amazing product reviews! We are excited to read and hear how much you love our products, so keep them coming.

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  2. Go to any of our product pages, look for the stars and click the link to add your review.
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A few of our favorite reviews...

This jar is perfect for many of our products!!!

These jars are the best for my scrubs and the delivery was absolutely awesome! I'll be buying more from you guys!

Love these bottles!! Perfect size for a home made organic lotion.

These bottles are high quality. We use them to store raw ingredients that would normally deteriorate in quality. The amber color helps keep sun rays at bay.

I have been using these bottles for DIY E-Juice, I use the matching polycone caps, they're perfect for this application, the amber color protects them from light, they are also about 1/4 the price charged by E-Cig vendors, shipment was very fast and everything arrived in perfect condition, I highly recommend both the product and Packaging Options Direct...

Great price for these cocktail mix bottles which can be used for just about anything perfect for signature drinks for a special occasion (put one on each table). Great quality and packaging was perfect no broken bottles and fast delivery at a great price.

Beautiful Cobalt Blue glass bottles, excellent for showing off premium products.

These are perfect for Wedding Favors! A friend used these to make home-made hot sauce from a family recipe and gave them away as their wedding favors. It was unique and affordable.

I looked everywhere before I purchased these, and you can't beat the price. On top of that Packaging Options Direct has outstanding customer service. This is my one stop shop for all my bottling needs.

I ordered these 2oz bottles to use in centerpieces for my business. They are just what I was wanting: an adorable size for flowers, crystal clear, and with a small opening. The shipping was fast and I was very impressed with the level of care with which my order was packed. I will be back!

 

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Shrink Bands For Bottles How To Guide

-Friday, February 13, 2015

"BRI"ef: 108 - Packaging Options Direct - Guide on How to Use Shrink Bands

Just like our middle name, Packaging Options Direct knows that there are several options on how to apply shrink bands. Over my years in the packaging industry, I have performed multiple tests on how the best way to get the shrink bands to work. I have tried heat guns, and hair dryers, and though they work; it can be timely, and if you aren’t careful, costly. I have actually melted plastic bottles with a hair dryer trying to get the band to shrink completely. What I have found to be the best method of applying shrink bands is what I call the hot water method. Easy, fairly quick, and though I might mess up a couple bands, I have never melted a bottle.

How to Use Shrink Bands

Today’s “Bri”ef is on the application of shrink bands using the hot water method.

The first step is to bring a pot of water to a boil and remove from heat. Once the water stops boiling you are ready to proceed. I have tried nuking water in the microwave, and though it works for one or two bands, the water tends to cool too quickly.

Next, make sure that your closure of choice, or standard dropper, are fastened securely on your bottle. Then place the shrink band over the neck of the bottle so that it sits half over the closure, and half over the bottle.

Best Process For Shrink Bands For Bottles

Using a pair of kitchen tongs, hold the shrink band in place.

Carefully, without burning yourself, insert the banded area of the bottle into the water. As soon as the band starts to come into contact with the water it will start to shrink. It's takes mere seconds to completely shrink the band.

Finally, remove the bottle from the water, and let air dry.

It is important to note that using the hot water method to apply your shrink bands to your bottles should be done BEFORE you apply your labels. If your labels are not water proof, you could ruin them by reversing the steps.

We hope that this easy method of application helps you in providing your customers with the security of knowing their items are sealed and safe. 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 brianne.livas@packagingoptionsdirect.com, and type BLOG TOPIC in the subject line.

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Packaging Options Direct Explains Packaging Labels and Container Decoration

-Monday, February 9, 2015

“BRI”ef: 107 - Packaging Options Direct – Guide to Packaging Labels and Container Decoration

As with choosing your packaging and closures, having an idea on what kind of decoration you would like one your glass bottle or plastic jar is key to completing your overall look. While Packaging Options Direct does not offer any kind of decorating or filling of our containers, I felt my “BRI”ef’s would be incomplete without at least giving my readers the all the packaging knowledge I can. The term “Decoration” in the packaging industry refers to anything applied to a bottle or jar which gives it a decorative appearance.  There are several types of decoration that can be applied to your container as we will review here.

Labels are the most common type of decoration, and are found on everything from cleaning product bottles, to mayonnaise jars and soup cans. They can be used on all types of glass or plastic packaging and can be pressure sensitive where glue is already applied to the label backing, paper where the adhesive is applied separately from the label backing, or sleeves. Pressure sensitive and paper labels have different formulations of adhesives for each type of material they are applied to. Sleeve labels usually require an indented or protected label area to be applied to (like those on our F-Style bottles), and are adhered by geometry, adhesive, or shrinking the label to fit the bottle. Most individuals who are in the start-up phase of a small company choose to print their labels from home, and apply the labels themselves.

Bottle Decoration and Jar Decoration

The next style of bottle and jar decoration is Silk-screening. You see containers and packaging that have been silk-screened almost every day – just look in your shower. Silk-screening is a very popular type of packaging decoration; and is a process where ink is transferred though a silk-like polyester mesh material onto the desired container, very similar to silk-screen printing a T-shirt. Silk-screening is commonly used on glass and plastic bottles and jars, as well as on closures, and liners; but is not often seen on metal cans.

Offset Printing is similar to silkscreening. It is a method of printing that uses printing plates (rather than silk screens) to transfer ink to containers. Offset printing is more exact than silk-screening and is also more practical for decorating a bottle or jar with more intricate artwork requiring more colors. This process tends to be more expensive than silk-screening as multiple plates must be created for each color used, so it is best used only in the case of very large quantities.

 

 

Lithography Supplies and Resources

Lithography is another method used to decorate containers with flat surfaces, such as a paint can; and is done using plates, and must be done on the sheet metal prior to the can being molded. This is often done to items which are custom made specifically for a company, and not sold in bulk distribution settings (like Packaging Options Direct).

Metalizing is the process of coating a plastic or glass item with a thin layer of metal to give it gold, silver, or other metallic appearance. Metalizing is seldom used as a means of labeling containers, but is commonly used on closures for cosmetic packages to give them a metallic appearance and an upscale look.

Hot Stamping is another decorating style that you might see more than you realize. It is a technique in which designs are pressed from ribbons of metallized film onto the surface of a plastic container using a heated die. This method is often used, usually in a small area of the package decoration, in addition to silk-screening on cosmetic containers such as shampoo and conditioner bottles.

In-Mold Labeling is yet another option for labeling containers and is the process of applying pre-printed labels directly to the plastic container while it is being molded. This is an economically friendly option for large manufacturing runs; as there is no need for a third party application process.

Shrink Labels and Bands are pre-decorated sleeves that are applied over the container and heated by dry or heat steam, until they conform to the packaging shape. The process is much like that of the sleeve label mentioned earlier, but superior for odd shaped or smaller bottles. Good examples of shrink labels are those found on salad dressing bottles. The artwork must be specifically designed to shrink to the dimensions of the package without distortion.  This is particularly important when the container is not a simple cylindrical one.

Pad Printing is the process of directly transferring ink by means of a pad (much like that of a rubber stamp). This process is used on smaller areas and also to decorate points on oddly shaped containers, like coloring in the eyes or nose of a “honey bear” bottle.

Ultimate Packaging Buyers Guide and Checklist FAQ's

Now that you are familiar with the different types of decorations for packaging it might be easier for you to envision the overall look you would like for your project. Not to mention it’s easier to source a supplier if you have an idea of what you would like. 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 brianne.livas@packagingoptionsdirect.com, and type BLOG TOPIC in the subject line.

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Packaging Your Product Is Important: Glass vs Plastic - View Infographic

-Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Glass Is A Great Option

Creating awesome products is fun. Choosing how to package them in the most elegant manner can be more challenging. As you know, Packaging Options Direct offers glass, plastic, metal tins and more options. We are not here to tell you which option is best for your product, although, we scour the internet for cool information to provide to you.

Glass vs Plastic For Your Product

The below infographic from our friends at BottlesUp Glass illustrates why glass may (depending on your product) be a better option for your product.

Omnibus Survey: Glass vs Plastic

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It seems like people prefer glass over plastic at the presentation level. It is interesting that 81% of people say that glass containers are more appealing on the shelf. Also, 1 in 3 people would buy more of their favorite foods and drinks in glass, if they were available.

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Ultimate Guide to Beer Bottling with Glass Bottles

-Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Crafting your own home brew is an exciting and rewarding process. Whether you are doing it as a hobby or for business purposes you will come to find that while the brewing process is not too difficult, getting the brew in the bottle can be extremely tedious and many home brewers say that the bottling process is their least favorite part.

Although following a guide and a recipe may seem like an easy task, making sure the process is done right and that you don’t spoil your brew or introduce any bacteria into the bottle is the most important thing to take care of.

The final stage in the brewing process is bottling day, and although many professional brewers eventually switch to kegs or prefer cans over glass bottles, most start out with glass bottles because it is cheaper and a good way to distribute the beer.

Bottling your home brew will take time as there are many steps to follow and a lot to do to prepare so make sure you dedicate enough time for this process.

We know that it can be confusing bottling your home brew, especially if this is your first time so we want to help you avoid common mistakes and get you closer to finishing up the process so you can enjoy your creation.

Here is our ultimate guide to beer bottling with glass bottles.

Beer Bottles

Make Sure the Brew is Ready

Generally speaking, the best thing you can do for your home brew is to leave it in the fermenter for a few weeks before bottling. This will make the beer much tastier because it gives the yeast extra time to ferment the beer properly. During fermentation the yeast converts sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide as well as a number of other byproducts that affect the taste of the brew.

If you are using an airlock with your fermenter you will be able to observe the action by watching bubbles of air trying to escape. This is known as primary fermentation. Secondary fermentation takes place as the yeast cleans your beer thoroughly and creates a delicious brew.

In general, around two weeks from brew day should be more than enough time for your beer to be ready for bottling, but if you are creating heavier or stronger beers you will need more time.

Don’t rush the bottling process and try to be patient, because even though it may not seem like the yeast is still processing sugars (signs of bubbling) the process is still happening and if you bottle before the yeast can finish, the remaining sugars will continue fermenting inside the bottle. If there are too many sugars still fermenting this could cause your bottle to explode. You can check the fermentation progress with hydrometer readings.

Choose Your Bottles

When choosing bottles for your beer you may consider recycling already used bottles. While this is an extremely eco-friendly method, the cleaning process is extremely time consuming and tedious. Luckily buying brand new bottles is not expensive and this way you can choose the finest bottles for your brew and you will have a uniform collection as opposed to various colors, shapes and sizes of recycled bottles.

Always remember to sanitize and inspect your bottles before pouring the brew in – even if you think they are clean.

Decide whether you want a standard bottle with a screw top, a swinging top or a different type of sealing cap. When choosing your beer glass bottles keep in mind that the color will affect your brew. The hop compounds in beer tend to be negatively affected by sunlight, therefore it is important to protect your beer with dark colored glass bottles such as dark green or dark amber glass.

If you do however decide to use light or clear glass bottles, just make sure to store them in a dark place.

Prepare for Bottling

Once the bottles and the rest of your equipment have been thoroughly and vigorously inspected, scrubbed and sanitized it’s time to prepare for bottling your brew. The first task is to prepare the priming solution. As mentioned earlier, the yeast gives off gas as it converts the sugars into alcohol and this gas is released through the airlock so don’t be surprised if your brew is flat at this point in the process.

To perk up the bubbles you need to add more sugar for the yeast to ferment in the bottles, and because this time they will be completely sealed the gas will not be able to escape and it becomes a part of the beer. The amount of priming sugar you add to the brew depends on how much carbonation you want and it’s a matter of personal preference.

There are various variables involved in how much sugar to add so just follow your preferred recipe.

For optimal clarity and to reduce the sediment you may want to use fining agents. It is important to add these in well before bottling. Adding agents such as gelatin should be done after fermentation has been completed, but about five to seven days before bottling to allow time for the proteins and yeast to settle.

Again, make sure that your bottles, caps and the rest of the equipment you will be using has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. You wouldn’t want any bacteria that were left behind to completely ruin your brew.

Siphoning the Beer

Make sure that you don’t begin the bottling process directly from a fermenter. For optimal results you will want to transfer, or siphon, the beer from the fermenter into a priming bucket or carboy. Make sure to minimize excessive splashing to avoid oxidizing your beer. Add your cooled mix of priming sugar into your sanitized bottling bucket and set up your racking cane to a hose.

The racking cane basically helps to keep sediment, or dead yeast, out of your beer. After you attach the racking cane to a hose you will want to sterilize it and check for air pockets. As soon as you’re done sanitizing it’s time to siphon the beer into the bottling bucket. Make sure the siphon hose is at the bottom of the bucket so the siphoning action can evenly mix the sugar water (priming sugar) with the beer for uniform carbonation.

Bottling the Beer

It’s finally time to fill your bottles with your brew. Attach the racking cane into the carboy or bottling bucket and then attach a bottle filler to the other end of your hose. Fill the bottles to about one inch from the top and lift the bottle filler to stop the flow. Fill the rest of the bottles the same way. As the bottling bucket empties you will have to move around the racking cane to avoid sucking up the yeast and the rest of the debris at the bottom of the bucket.

When you’ve transferred the majority of the beer into bottles you can collect any remaining beer into a glass for an early tasting. Don’t worry if you lose a couple splashes of beer during this process.

Capping & Cleaning

As usual begin by sanitizing your bottle caps by either boiling them for five minutes or submersing them in sanitizer for ten minutes. Invest money in a decent bottle capper. Even though the cheap ones work well, spending a little extra on a well-made capper will save you a lot of pain and suffering on bottling day. To cap your bottles just put the sanitized cap on top of the bottles and cover it with the capper.

Hit the capper with a hammer until you are sure that it is sealed well – be generous and strong with your hitting, but be careful not to shatter the bottle. You will know that it is property sealed because the capper will grip tightly to the bottle neck, otherwise the capper will easily flop around while you are trying to hammer it on.

Some may wonder if investing in popular oxygen absorbing bottle caps is worth it or if they are necessary to protect the brew. Unless you plan to store your beer for an extended period of time, such as a year or longer, then you do not need oxygen absorbing bottle caps.

As long as the caps are tight and properly sealed your beer should be fine.

Once you’ve bottled all of your beer, you’re pretty much done! All you need to do is to store the bottles in a cool dark place for at least two weeks and leave them alone as the yeast continues to ferment the priming sugar and conditions the beer.

Make sure to store the bottles in a safe area, because there is still a small chance of the bottles exploding if you added an excessive amount of sugar.

Before you relax, make sure to scrub, sanitize and rinse all of the equipment you used during the bottling process.

Enjoy Your Brew - or Sell It!

After all the hard work of sanitizing, preparing, siphoning, bottling, capping and cleaning it’s time to enjoy your brew – you’ve worked hard and you deserve it! Brewing and bottling beer is a long process, but in the end it is worth all of the hard work.

If you have any questions about what size bottle or what color bottle would be best for your brew don’t hesitate to give us a call. We would be more than happy to answer all of your questions and assist you in making informed decisions about all your glass bottle needs.

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Will Cans Replace Glass Bottles?

-Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The debate between cans and glass bottles has been strongly raging on for a couple of years, especially in the beer industry. There are pros and cons of each material when it comes to generic use and both easily trump plastic.

Each container is also more suitable for certain products than the other, but the question remains – will cans replace glass bottles?

Some brewers swear that their beer tastes better in glass bottles, while other’s will argue that cans are better at preserving the flavor and richness of a quality brew. Besides aesthetics and financial concerns, brewers are most concerned over the taste and quality of their brew so naturally they prefer a packaging option that will preserve the flavor and enhance the experience of beer drinking.

Various experiments and studies have been done by prominent brewers on the difference between beer in a can and beer in a glass bottle, but it seems that the results are unsatisfying. Some studies show that beer is better in a can, while others favor glass bottles.

The final decision mainly depends on the ingredients used in the brew, the shape of the packaging, the marketing and branding of the brewer and personal preference.

Effects on Quality

The most important thing in a beer, or anything really, is the quality.

If a form of packaging compromises the quality and taste of the product then it should immediately be eliminated. For example, many scientists will tell you that plastic containers do affect the quality and flavor of food.

When it comes to beer the most important thing is to make sure ultraviolet light does not penetrate the can or bottle to affect the beer.

Light is destructive to the organic compounds that make the beer flavor that so many people enjoy therefore it is extremely important for the packaging to efficiently block light. Another enemy to good quality beer is air that slips in and compromises the taste of the brew.

Pros & Cons: Glass Bottles vs Cans

Everything in this world has a good and a bad side – nothing is perfect. Cans and glass bottles also each have their pros and cons and their good and bad qualities.

Let’s take a look at what each packaging option has to offer.

Cans

Pros of Cans

  • Cans don’t shatter so they are safer when it comes to transporting, stacking and overall handling
  • You don’t need a bottle opener to open a can
  • Cans weigh less and less packaging means that you can move the same amount of product in fewer trips, which reduces expenses and the company’s overall carbon footprint
  • Cans fit easily into a cooler
  • Cans have very little environmental impact and are easily recyclable
  • Draft beer is stored in kegs, which is essentially a very large can
  • Cans don’t let any light in so they tend to be really good at blocking UV light from affecting the beer, which should mean a better-tasting beer
  • Cans are really good at preventing air from leaking in and compromising the brew
  • Canned beer chills better than bottled beer

Cons of Cans:

  • The smell of aluminum as you drink out of a can tends to be unpleasant, but this is easily solved by pouring the beer into a glass
  • Cans are reported to contain the hazardous BPA chemical, which has been linked to various health issues including heart disease and behavioral issues

Glass Bottles

Pros of Bottles:

  • Amber bottles are very good at protecting the brew from flavor-busting UV light
  • Bottles are very good at keeping the brew tightly contained so the flavor is fresh and the quality of the beer is not compromised
  • Carbonation in a bottle is controlled, which helps keep the flavor in check
  • Bottles tend to be cleaner than cans and brewers can control the sanitizing process
  • Glass bottles are among the easiest materials to recycle and 80% of glass finds it way back on the market
  • Bottles don’t transfer any chemicals or flavors to the product

Cons of Bottles:

  • Bottling costs more than canning
  • Bottles shatter easily
  • Certain colors of glass bottles can’t block UV light and can compromise the brew

The Final Verdict

At the end of the day there are multiple factors that will play into picking a material for packaging. Whether cans or glass bottles are better is a decision that is made by a brand and it can be something as easy as a marketing and branding decision and as complicated as taste and experience.

While cans may be easier to produce and maintain, bottles are not going anywhere anytime soon. Regardless of what you pick as a brewer or as a beer enthusiast it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

If you are interested in learning more about the debates over cans vs. glass bottles don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Packaging Options Direct.

If you are having a hard time deciding on a packaging option for your brew we would be more than happy to answer any questions and assist you through the process.

Give us a call today so we can discuss your packaging options and pick the best for your product!

Decorating your Wedding with Glass Bottles and Jars

-Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weddings are expensive. Between paying for flowers, catering, linens, silverware, plate ware, a DJ or live band, the venue, the dress and many other little details – the average wedding can easily cost more $15,000. This cost can widely vary depending on how many guests are invited and other factors.

Do-it-yourself trends are thus becoming more popular. Not only can you save a lot of money, but it also puts a unique and memorable touch to your special day. Not to mention that you will have a great time bonding with your bridesmaids while you hold DIY parties to put together unique creations for your big day. Glass bottles and jars are the perfect solution for a bride who is sticking to a budget and is also conscious of the environment and her carbon footprint.

Glass bottles and jars are recyclable and full of creative potential. The beauty of glass bottles and jars is that you can reuse and abuse them for multiple occasions. Weddings are wonderful celebrations that demand multiple events leading up to the actual wedding. Bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, bachelor and bachelorette parties and many other exciting parties build up the anticipation leading up the big day. If you were to order enough glass bottles or jars, or both, you could use them for each individual event, which would ultimately save you a lot of money.

If you are interested in decorating your wedding with glass bottles and jars and you are looking for innovative and unique ideas then you have come to the right place. Apart from supplying you with the perfect packaging options for all of your needs, our experts at Packaging Options Direct are here to offer you a diverse collection of ideas for decorating your wedding with glass bottles and jars for you to choose from.

Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

Wedding Jars

Decoration Options with Glass Bottles and Jars

Drinking Glasses

Whether you are using these for a shower, a bachelorette party or your actual wedding day, glass jars and bottles are perfect for serving refreshments. Perfect for iced tea, lemonade or cocktails you can label the jars with chalkboard stickers so each guess can write their name on his or her respective glass. You can even dress up the jars and bottles with ribbons, bows, flowers or other elements to add some personal flair. You can even offer these personalized glass containers as wedding favors for your guests!

Candle Holders

You can use glass jars as votive candleholders. The soft flames of delicate tea lights flickering against the curved glass will add a romantic and beautiful touch to your special day. You can paint the jars in different colors, dress them up in lace, tie pretty ribbons in your wedding colors or group a couple of jars together for a collective and dreamy feel. Whether you use these on the tables or line them up down the aisle to accentuate your big entrance, these simple glass jars as candleholders will add a magical touch to your special day at a very low cost.

Lanterns

In the same way that you can use glass jars as candleholders you can also use glass bottles or jars as lanterns that hang around your reception. These would be a beautiful addition to an outdoor wedding and a perfect touch for a rustic inspired reception. You can loop some garden wire around the top of the jar or bottle to make a handle and hang them around the area. Flickering glass lanterns will add a soft and romantic accent to any outdoor wedding.

Centerpieces

Why spend a ridiculous amount of money on professional centerpieces when you can easily do it yourself? You should definitely work with a florist for your flower needs, but you can save some money if you provide the professional with your own glass bottles and jars to act as vases. If you prefer to have professional centerpieces on the tables at your wedding, you can also add to the arrangement with separate arrangements, candles or other decorative elements stored in the glass containers.

Bridesmaids Thank You Gifts

Your bridesmaids have been there for you long before your big day and they have been there to assist you through every step of the wedding planning process. What better way to thank them for participating in your wedding and for being your best girl friends than with a goodie bag stocked in a pretty glass bottle or jar that they can ultimately reuse? As with all DIY glass container crafts, you can completely customize each gift with items you know your bridesmaid(s) will enjoy. You can include luxury spa items such as foot soak to soothe feet that have been dancing all night long, an eye-cooling mask to soothe tired facial muscles, a luxurious scrub and lotion or any other items you think your girls will enjoy.

Party Favors

Give your guests a token of appreciation and a memento of the event to take home with them. Use a pretty glass jar or bottle to add in the ingredients to your favorite hot cocoa recipe or cookie mix. You could literally fill the glass container with all kinds of goodies and decorate it with various elements that fit the theme of your wedding.

Place Cards

Remember the tip about using glass jars as personalized drinking cups? Why not use those same cups as place cards that will tell your guests where they will be sitting during the reception? You can ultimately create a personalized glass jar or bottle as a drink cup, a place card and a party favor all in one for each of your guests.

Dessert Bar or Desert in a Jar

If you are serving desert as a buffet style bar, then glass jars and bottles are the perfect option for storing these goodies. Sweet and sour candies, chocolates and various other bite sized sweets will look adorable and tempting in shiny glass bottles or jars. If you prefer to serve actual deserts, then you can also store individual desserts to be served to your guests for after dinner or they can take them home to enjoy after the reception. Blueberry pie, no-bake strawberry cheesecake and s’mores in a jar are all delicious options that look wonderful served in a pretty glass jar.

Save & Create with Glass Bottles & Jars!

The biggest benefit of using glass jars and bottles to decorate with on your special day is that you can completely personalize them – they are essentially a blank canvas for you to do with as you wish. Apart from the super savings that you will accumulate by working with recyclable and reusable materials, the unique touch will make your big day even more special. Packaging Options Direct can help you find the perfect glass bottles and jars for your special day.

Contact us today to speak with one of our experts and to learn more about our services and products.

Battle of the Glass Bottles: Clear or Colored?

-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.

Before you buy glass bottles, there are a few things you should know about them.

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.

Colored Glass Bottles

Glass Color Options

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.

  • Blue bottles are a result of cobalt or copper being added to the liquid molten mixture.
  • Green bottles are a result of oxidized iron chromate being added to the liquid molten mixture.
  • Brown, or amber, bottles offer the finest protection from harmful ultraviolet radiation. This is why brown glass bottles are the best choice for beer brewers.
  • Clear glass is natural and colorless and helps show off the product stored inside. However, it offers no protection from light or UV radiation.

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.

The Purpose of the Bottles

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.

The Final Verdict

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.

If you need help in choosing the perfect packaging feel free to connect with one of our experts for help. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with all your packaging needs.

Contact us today to learn more about us!

Making a Business Out of Glass Bottles and Jars

-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.

Glass bottles for business

Packaging Options Direct – Your Trusted Packaging Partners

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.

How to Choose the Right Glass Bottles and Jars

Here are a few considerations to make before choosing the right glass bottles and jars for your business:

  • Consider the color of your glass bottles and jars; you don’t have to stick with the traditional clear or flint style. Our most popular colored glass pieces are amber and cobalt. Amber is widely used in the brewing business, while cobalt is a big hit with those who make essential oils and fragrances.
  • Always keep the size of your glass bottles and jars in mind. You’ll want to make sure you’ve double checked your measurements and that you comply with the capacity and overflow capacity measurements listed for the bottle or jar you select. Our team of professionals can assist you with this step and in understanding these measurements.
  • You’ll also want to think about the shape of your glass bottles and jars. While this is mostly associated with the overall look and feel of the finished product, depending on your use, shape may play a larger role.
  • The neck opening is also vitally important to the usability of your product. Be sure to double and triple check that your product can easily be put in and taken out of the container. Again, our team can assist you with these measurements if needed.
  • These are just a few of the considerations you should make in order to select the glass bottles and jars that are best suited for your application.


Glass Bottles and Jars For Your Small 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!