food items still continues to evolve but it did not start from plastics or
glass. Like any other evolution story packaging has evolved greatly from tree
bark and woven reeds to what is currently on the market.
In the olden
days food was eaten as soon as it was found so there was no need for
containers. Things changed and items needed to be carried. Packaging was any of
the natural materials that were available including gourds and shells. Animal
parts like skins, tree bark, reeds and even hollowed logs were used to hold
items a little later.
Fur was plaited and
weaved to form fabric that was used for wrapping items and made into bags as
well Weaving progressed to grass and reed baskets were developed for food
storage of any extra food. Metal ores were discovered and that began the use of
Paper can be
considered the oldest form of flexible packaging. It started as treated tree
bark being used in Ancient China. The production of paper was first by use of
flax fiber and then linen rags. Paper from wood pulp was first made in 1867.
Sacks were initially glued together until sewing was discovered. Cartons were
made by accident in the 1870s by Robert Gair.
Metals were used
to make valuable items until plating was discovered. Tin-plating then became
normal and led to the creation of tin cans in 1810. They started off with air
holes at the top and the designs progressed to current cans that can be
Glass came about
as a branch of pottery in 700 BC. Egypt made it an industrialized process in
1500 BC using soda, silica, sand and limestone that were molten together and
shaped immediately while still hot. Molds for cups and bowls came around 1200
BC and the Phoenicians invented the blowpipe in 300 BC to increase production
speed and the making of circular items.
The making of
glass has not changed much over the years. A few developments like clear glass
and different markings on the glass have been added with time. It remains as
packaging for high-value items and various other uses.
Plastic is the
most common packaging but the most recent. It was first discovered in the 19th
century and was mainly used by the military. It started as styrene, foam, vinyl
chloride, cellophane, polyethylene film wraps and Polyethylene Terephthalate
(PETE) bottles for beverages. Current are recycled and recyclable and more
reuse methods are being researched.
about as a result of unscrupulous merchants packaging poor quality items and
selling them. Honest merchants that were not pleased chose to mark their
products so as to let the consumers know that they had the good items.
changed over the years due to different discoveries. As time goes by future
packages will change for one development milestone or the other.
About Adamant Valves.
Founded in 2002, Adamant Valves, as a global and
valves supplier, has grown to become one of the leading valves manufacturers
for high precision stainless steel sanitary valves, pumps and pipe
fittings. Adamant Valves uses advanced numerical control machine tools,
processing and testing facilities to ensure that our products will meet your
expectations for reliable performance and quality.