From plastic envelopes to plastic mailers from pasterboxuk's blog

 People favor plastic packaging because it is a reliable form of packaging that is not just going to automatically fall apart the moment the shipping company handles it.  From plastic envelopes to plastic mailers, these are very useful for people who want to safely and reliably ship their items to people. Plastic packaging is definitely one of the lightest packaging materials you can use; it is almost as light as paper but definitely much more durable.  Both of these factors puts it on the top of the shipping material heap because it is not as heavy as a cardboard box is; this means you will be paying less on shipping because you do not necessarily have to account for the weight of the packaging material. 

And unlike paper, plastic can withstand a lot of the natural handling and shipping hazards that characterizes the business; this means less opportunities for it the plastic packaging to be ripped right open and exposing its contents. Another aspect of plastic packaging that lends to its overall durability is the fact that plastic, by its very nature, is elastic.  It can easily conform to the shape of the object it is holding, unlike simple paper or a cardboard box.  Paper can conform to the shape of the object but not easily.  Even the lightest extra tension on paper packaging will mean ripping it wide open.  The problem with cardboard boxes is that it is hard to find one that can be used to ship an irregularly shaped or sized object. For example, how does one properly ship a small replica of the statue of liberty? 

While it is certainly possible to find a box that will hold it, you still have to fill in the rest of the box with packing peanuts or other packing material so it does not move around and possible break while in transit. And some boxes are used so rarely that simply using them means you have to pay a higher price to ship them.  Such problems are generally avoidable with plastic packaging. Plastics have been used to carry around items and groceries but they are just as useful as material you can use to ship any item you want to.  Plastic is durable, convenient, lightweight, and reliable.  They are also cheaper than paper material which is all the more reason to use them.  The next time you are looking to ship something, put plastic packaging on the forefront of your mind.

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