-Tuesday, April 8, 2014
At Packaging Options Direct, we understand that one of the major factors in placing an order is the answer to the million-dollar question: “How much is the shipping going to cost me?” Just like you, we often shop online ourselves and have the same concerns. The common assumption is that freight should cost less than the items you are ordering. This is because of the misconception that freight costs are based on the total purchase price of your order.
We offer great product prices to our customers. Unfortunately, the cost of shipping doesn’t have anything to do with the cost of your order; it’s determined by several other factors, the primary being the weight of the shipment. We are happy to explain why the shipping costs sometimes seem high in comparison to the cost of your product.
Shipping carriers charge a flat fee per shipment and then add fees based on the weight of the total order, the number of packages it takes to ship the product as well as the distance from our warehouse in St. Louis, Missouri to you. They also add an additional fee for any extra services, like signature requirements, change of address once an order is in transit or shipping to a residential address (better known as a residential surcharge). Determining what a residential address is can be kind of tricky, but it is roughly defined as any address where someone can sleep or live. Farms and home businesses are considered residential addresses.
Sometimes you will find you can order twice as much product and not have the shipping costs vary too drastically. It’s always a great idea to play around with order volumes to ensure you are getting the best bang for your buck. Our shopping cart has a great Shipping Estimator to give you an idea of what you’ll end up paying for shipping. In a test we ran, we found that one order was $9.22 in shipping costs; doubling the quantity increased the shipping to only $10.28.
But we took it step further, just for giggles. When tripling the order, the freight only slightly increased to $12.78. Most of the time it is better to order in larger quantities, as it brings your overall cost per unit down. And that’s where the big portion of your savings in shipping can be found.
Also, take advantage of Less-than-truck load (LTL) shipments. You’ll often find, when ordering in larger quantities, that shipping can be less if the order is shipped on a pallet via motor freight carrier. An added bonus to shipping large orders LTL is you don’t have to deal with boxes and boxes of packing peanuts, which makes LTL a greener alternative. And to save even more, sign up to receive our discounts and promotions and we’ll keep you updated with any shipping discounts we may offer.
If you have any questions or need help reducing your shipping costs, our experienced customer service team is always happy to help; so don’t be afraid to contact us should you need assistance.
-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!
-Friday, February 7, 2014
There are so many ways to repurpose glass jars.
From wine and beer bottles to Mason jars and everything in between, with a little imagination your glass jars can be turned into a myriad of things that can be useful at home, in the office or at school.
Why throw away the glass jar that your spaghetti sauce came in? Make yourself a beautiful flower vase or storage container for grains or baking supplies. Take a few moments to wash out the Mason jar on your counter and use it as a centerpiece, storage container or planter for your herb garden.
At Packaging Options Direct, we’ve seen our fair share of creative ways to repurpose glass jars. We’ve taken some time to put together some of our favorites to give you inspiration for your next DIY project. Let’s get started!
Clear Glass Vases: The simplicity of a beautiful flower display in a flint glass jar similar to a Mason jar can be a beautiful statement for your home dining table or even as a wedding centerpiece. For rustic elegance, pair a clear glass jar with a formal flower arrangement with a burlap bow or accent. We’ve also seen clients use fruit such as lemons and limes as a vase filler and pop of color before adding their flowers.
Painted Glass Vases: Another one of the ways to repurpose glass jars is to paint the jar and add flowers. Two coats of acrylic paint will usually do the trick as long as you use a quality sealer after the paint has dried. For a rustic or vintage look, use a nail file to scuff-up raised letters and spots around the jar before sealing it. This project works well with glass jars of all shapes and sizes.
Decorative Displays: Have a beach house? Fill a few glass jars of varying sizes and shapes with artifacts from the beach: seashells, sand, rocks and starfish. Place your display on a shelf and enjoy its beauty. Need a place to display and store your makeup brushes? Add some decorative filler to the bottom of the jar and insert your makeup brushes for a clean and beautiful way to store and display them.
Pantry Storage: One of the best ways to organize dry goods and to keep them fresh is to use glass jars. In fact, there are tons of free printable labels available online to make your storage as organized and visually appealing as possible. Many people use Mason-style glass jars for this type of storage, as they hold a considerable amount of product. However, any glass jar with a good quality seal would be ideal for this type of use. Similarly, use glass jars in the bathroom to store everything from soaps and cotton balls to toothbrushes and swabs.
Craft Supplies: Another of the most creative ways to repurpose glass jars that we’ve seen is to paint the top of the jars with chalkboard paint for easy labeling and storage of craft supplies. Store everything from glitter and rubber bands to bows and glue sticks. Similarly, glass jars make great storage for school supplies.
Soap Dispensers: With the proper glass jar, a pump can be added to the top to create a custom soap dispenser for your kitchen, bathroom or powder room. Add colored liquid soap that matches your décor or paint the jar prior to adding the soap for a truly custom look.
Plants: From herb gardens to terrariums, which are very popular right now, glass jars can make great planters. This of course depends on the type of glass bottle you have. Even in the simplest of containers, they can be very beautiful to look at and can add life and color to your living or work space.
Gardening: Have a lot of extra glass jars and bottles lying around? One of the most interesting uses for bottles and jars that we’ve seen recently is as edging around a garden bed. Many folks try this with wine bottles, inserting them upside-down into the ground, and leave the labels on for a truly rustic look with time.
These are just a few of the many, many ways to repurpose glass jars. Do you have additional DIY projects to share with our Packaging Options Direct family? Connect with us on Facebook to share your latest glass jar or glass bottle project. In the meantime, if we can help you find the perfect packaging for your next project, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always just a phone call away and look forward to earning your business.
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.
-Monday, December 16, 2013
There are literally a million different ways to upcycle and repurpose glass bottles as decorations around the house, for your next party, or even your wedding. With years of experience in the packaging industry, we’ve seen our fair share of creative ideas and thought we’d share a few of our favorites with you.
image courtesy of InspirationGreen.com
1. Glass Bottles for Outdoor Lighting: We’ve seen DIYers and crafters use mason jars and glass bottles as outdoor lighting for years. One of our favorite ways is by adding citronella oil to the bottle, drilling a hole in the top of the lid, and stringing a wick through the top. Try clear and colored bottles for different effects. Other outdoor lighting ideas include adding string lights or tea candles to your glass bottles.
2. Glass Bottles as Terrariums: Technically speaking, a terrarium is an enclosed structure or area used for keeping plants for observation. When simulated on a smaller scale, terrariums are popular as decorations for both the home and office. To achieve a really great look, start by layering gravel in the bottom of your glass bottle, followed by a layer of dried moss, soil, and live moss. You’ll create a great statement piece, especially if you use a bottle with some architectural interest or curvature.
3. Glass Bottles as Centerpieces: We love the idea of using glass bottles of varying sizes and shapes in a cluster as a centerpiece. You can fill the bottom of the glass bottles with sand and add a candle, wrap them in burlap and a bow for use as flower vases, or paint them any color you desire.
4. Glass Bottles as Indoor Lighting: One of the biggest trends in lighting right now is the use of old glass bottles as hanging pendant lighting. This can be accomplished in many different ways, but the easiest is by using a Mason-style jar and drilling a hole in the top, which allows you to run the lighting cable through the top. You can hang these individually or as a cluster for a chandelier effect.
5. Glass Bottles as Kitchen Decorations: We’ve all seen old glass wine bottles repurposed as oil and vinegar sets or as dish detergent dispensers, but what about as unique storage containers? Collect glass bottles and paint their lids with chalkboard paint. The bottles make the perfect storage containers for a number of dry food goods and you can label and re-label until your heart's content.
6. Glass Bottles as Party Decorations: Another widely popular trend is having a “candy-station” at your wedding reception, birthday party or event. To achieve this look on a budget, take old candle holders and paint them white, silver (or any other color that matches your theme) and affix glass jars or bottles to the top. Use bottles and candleholders of different sizes to achieve a staggered look. Fill them with colorful candy and you’ve got a fantastic candy-bar for your next event!
7. Glass Bottles as Decorative Candleholders: Have a bunch of wine bottles that you don’t know what to do with? Love the label on your latest wine? Buy traditional taper candles and use the wine bottle as the holder, as the candle melts wax will drip down the side of the bottle creating a pretty visual. Continue to add candles over time and the wax will form a unique texture on the side of the bottle. Use different colors for a different effect.
These are just a few of the decoration ideas we have seen for glass bottles over the years. Do you have ideas that we’re missing on this list? We’d love to hear from you! Connect with us on Facebook or Pinterest to share ideas. In the meantime, we encourage you to browse our new website to get some great ideas for your next project. From glass bottles to plastic bottles and jars, tins and cans to pumps and sprayers, we’ve got all your packaging needs covered at wholesale prices.
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 and to helping you find the perfect packaging solution for your next DIY project or business packaging need. Connect today
-Monday, December 9, 2013
Maybe you read our Everything You Need to Know About Glass Bottles blog or perhaps you’re just a savvy business owner, hobbyist or DIYer that already understands the benefits of glass packaging. No matter how you ended up here, we’re happy you’re here and look forward to providing you with a step-by-step process for selecting and buying glass bottles for all your packaging needs.
Whether you’re searching for an amber colored glass beer bottle for your home brew, a clear mason-style jar for preserves, a glass growler bottle for your restaurant, or a cobalt blue Boston round for your aromatherapy company, our team at Packaging Options Direct understands the importance of packaging to your project or product. We can help you find the glass bottles that not only meet your needs, but that also exceed your expectations.
As you read further, you’ll find several steps that will help you in choosing the best glass bottles for your needs.
Glass Bottle Color: Color can play an important role in the selection of your glass bottle, and it’s not only about good looks. For example, many brewers and restaurants prefer amber colored glass bottles because they are very successful at blocking out ultraviolet radiation, which can damage sensitive products like beer. Similarly, essential oils are generally packaged in amber or cobalt blue bottles for the same reason.
Glass Bottle Size: The size of your glass bottle is almost always determined by the amount of the contents you will be filling the bottle with. Always ensure you have double and triple checked your measurements. To help, you can use our Conversion Tool for measurement conversions. You’ll want to compare these measurements with the “Capacity” and “Overflow Capacity” measurements of the bottle you select. Capacity is the amount of space inside a container for a given amount of product. The normal volume (usually measured in ccs, mls, ounces, or grams) of a bottle, published in standard sizes used by industry. When a bottle is filled to standard capacity, the contents usually fill it up to its shoulder area. Overflow capacity, on the other hand, is the maximum capacity of the container to the top of the finish if it was filled to the very top.
Glass Bottle Shape: Shape is almost directly correlated with aesthetics and personal preference, although there are some common shapes associated with specific contents. You wouldn’t store pickles in a long neck liquor bottle or put perfume in a 3-gallon carboy. Not sure which shape is best for your product? Contact our knowledgeable packaging representatives for more information.
There are two basic measurements that you need to take into consideration when measuring the neck opening of your glass bottle: neck diameter and neck finish.
Neck Diameter: While there are many technical dimensions an engineer will define while designing a bottle, the neck diameter of a glass bottle can be found by taking the measurement across the top opening of the container from the outside of the threads. To get the best and most accurate measurement, we recommend using our neck measurement tool, which you can print, cut out, and use to find accurate neck diameters.
Neck Finish (Neck Height): The neck finish, sometimes called neck height, is the thread style for a bottle or cap; there are several common finishes.
If you are unsure of the neck diameter or neck finish that would be best suited for your application or need assistance matching closures with bottles or jars, contact our team at Packaging Options Direct to assist you today!
At Packaging Options Direct, we do not have a minimum order; you can order as few or as many glass bottles as you need. However, the more bottles you order, the better price break we can give you. Some of our bottles are sold as individual pieces and some are sold via case. We also ship our containers using a reshipper carton, which can be reused to ship your containers once you’ve filled them. We believe this provides an unmatched added value to our customers. The number of bottles in a case fluctuates depending on the size of the bottle you’re ordering. You can find the number of pieces per case listed below the quantity and pricing descriptions of each bottle.
Once you’ve completed all the steps and you’re ready to place your order, our Packaging Options Direct website is fully equipped to make your ordering experience a breeze. Simply search the bottle or bottles you need and add them to your shopping cart. Be sure to view your shopping cart for accuracy. Should you have any questions, or team is always just a phone call or chat away. Be sure to enter your shipping and billing information, and any promotional codes you may have, and select “Purchase Now.” You’ll receive an order confirmation once your order has been submitted and processed by our customer service team. Once your order ships, you’ll receive a second email with the tracking number.
Do you have more questions about how to buy glass bottles? Let our team at Packaging Options Direct answer all your questions by contacting us today. We look forward to hearing from you soon and to helping you find the ideal packaging solutions for your project or product. Connect today!
-Wednesday, December 4, 2013
At Packaging Options Direct, we’re all about packaging! If you’re looking to learn more about glass bottles, their benefits, types, sustainability and more, you’ve come to the right place!
Didn’t think there was that much to learn about glass bottles?
We have over 100 years of knowledge to share with you and this is just the beginning.
So, whether you’re searching for the perfect glass bottle for your new hot sauce, are looking to transition from plastic bottles to glass bottles for their consumer appeal, or simply need a handful of glass jars for your next DIY project, we’ve put together this blog to help you learn everything you need to know about glass bottles.
Here are a few glass bottle facts from our friends at the Glass Packaging Institute to get you started:
Glass bottle packaging has been around for a long time. In fact, our parent company, TricorBraun, has been providing the packaging industry with quality glass bottles at affordable prices for more than 100 years. Yet switching from plastic containers to glass is becoming more and more popular in recent years, as consumers tend to favor environmentally friendly packaging, and companies rediscover the benefits of glass. But, what makes glass bottles so great?
Safety: Glass is made from all-natural raw materials, whereas other packaging materials (such as Plastics) can have negative effects on the health of humans and the environment. In fact, glass is the only packaging material that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration distinguishes as GRAS: “Generally Recognized as Safe.” Furthermore, glass bottles and containers, without the addition of chemicals during production, can protect food and beverages effectively while preserving the products’ taste and purity.
Sustainability: Glass is a 100% recyclable, sustainable material. It is also considered a mono-material, meaning that it is not composed of various materials, and can be recycled without losing its purity or quality. Recycled glass bottles can also be made into new glass bottles or can be reused for other projects and materials, such as landscaping, countertops, flooring, concrete pavement and tiles.
Image: Glass is one of the premier choices of marketing professionals, as it gives a shelf impact unlike any other packaging material. Plastics or cardboard cannot match its clarity, texture and shape. The transparency of glass also allows your product to be showcased in a way these other materials cannot.
Glass bottles come in all shapes, sizes and colors and offer a myriad of solutions to fit your product or project. Below are some of the most popular types of colored glass that you may run into while searching for the perfect glass bottle for your application.
Amber: This is a brown color glass that offers excellent protection from ultraviolet radiation. This is critical for products such as beer and certain drugs.
Cobalt: This is a blue colored class that is the result of copper or cobalt being added to the liquid molten mixture.
Green: Green glass is achieved as a result of oxidized iron chromate being added to the liquid molten mixture.
Frosted Glass: Frosted glass can be achieved when any color glass is treated, giving the glass a frosted-look or coating.
Flint Glass: Flint glass is clear and colorless.
Not sure which glass bottle is right for you? Contact our knowledgeable sales representatives now to learn more.
As you browse our website, you’ll also see information on the shape of the glass bottle or jar, its capacity and overflow capacity, and its neck size and description. Using these characteristics, our knowledgeable sales associates can help you find the glass bottles to suit your needs.
To learn more about glass bottles and why they may be the perfect fit for your project or product, connect with us today.
We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you with all your packaging needs – big and small.