Why Use Cans for Packaging?

Published by Kinsbrae Packaging


Posted on June 10, 2022

You have many options for packaging your product. One of these is cans with custom packaging sleeves to make them your own. Even if you do not think about cans right away for your product, they could benefit you. Here is some information about the different types of cans as well as the pros and cons of using cans for packaging your product.

What Different Types of Cans Are Available?

There are several ways of categorizing different types of cans. One way is by size. The smallest kind of can is the Picnic size, also known as a Number One. These cans weigh approximately 10 to 12 ounces and have an approximate volume of 1-1/4 cups. The largest can is a Number 10. It can weigh up to seven pounds five ounces and has a three-quart capacity.

Another way of categorizing cans is by the material they are made out of. Metal cans can be made out of aluminum or steel plated with either zinc or tin. There are also paper cans used to package bakery goods or dry foods. Tubes used for mailing are another example of paper cans. Paper cans have their own pros and cons compared to metal cans but are also potential candidates for custom packaging sleeves.

Another way to categorize different types of cans is by their applications. Most cans are used to package food (including pet food) or beverages. Metal tube-like cans can also be used to package health and beauty products, such as toothpaste or lotion. Home improvement products, such as paint, are also frequently packaged in cans.

What Are the Advantages of Metal Cans?

Metal cans offer many advantages over other packaging options. For one thing, they are one of the most effective at protecting the product. They are opaque so that light cannot get through, and they are hermetically sealed to keep out oxygen. Food can be stored in metal cans almost indefinitely without spoiling. For this reason, canned food items are sometimes referred to as non-perishable.

Metal is one of the most recyclable materials. It does not lose anything in integrity or performance when it is melted down and repurposed, meaning that it can be reused indefinitely. The turnaround time for metal recycling is also very short. The reconstituted can may be back on the shelves within two months.

Metal cans are very sturdy. They can go in places where glass bottles cannot because cans do not break easily. They are also lightweight and easy to transport and store, making them convenient for both you and your customers.

Cans also offer a lot of surface area and a shiny, glossy appearance. These make it easier for you to draw customers’ eyes with attractive custom packaging sleeves.

What Are the Disadvantages of Metal Cans?

Under certain economic conditions, there can be disadvantages to using cans. Inflation can cause the price of metal cans to increase. Using recycled cans may help to keep costs more manageable.

Cans are very durable, able to store materials and keep them fresh for long periods of time, possibly years. However, some types of metal are vulnerable to rust. Rust is not safe to eat, and a can that has been compromised by rust may have tiny holes that allow bacteria to enter. Therefore, it is recommended that rusted food cans and their contents be thrown away.

Not all metals are susceptible to rust. Aluminum is an example of a metal that does not rust. Steel is susceptible to rust because it contains iron. However, steel cans receive protective coatings that prevent them from rusting and prevent the contents from coming into direct contact with the metal.

Choose Custom Packaging Sleeves From Kinsbrae

The packaging of your product should reflect the high quality within. Find out more about the sleeved can options available from Kinsbrae Packaging.