Why Packaging Exists
The main aims of today’s package are:
- To Protect (what’s inside)
- To Deliver (the goods safely)
- To Inform (provide information about the product)
Packaging is mostly used to deliver food and beverages and more durable goods to factories and offices. And it comes in various shapes, sizes, and materials (paper, plastic, glass, metal, textiles). It also has been around for a long time and is constantly changing.
The first form of packaging, for example, was probably an earthenware jar to carry life-giving water. As those early cave-dwellers roamed further and further afield, however, they needed to carry their food and the goods they wanted to trade over longer and longer distances. Jute sacks and animal skins provided a convenient means of packaging.