Amaze Your Customers With Branded Packaging
As man has evolved, so has the art of printing, and packaging. In fact, packaging has been around since early humanity. Early man was nomadic, a hunter-gatherer. Historians believe man’s basic need to store and transport food saw the birth of packaging, using animal skins, gourds, and leaves.
The creation of flexible packaging is credited to China. Historians believe that mulberry bark was used to wrap foods, and with the development of paper-making techniques, paper was soon used for packaging tea, and medicines.
By the Middle Ages, wooden boxes, crates, and barrels were being used for storage and transportation, often across oceans. Jute, wool and linen bags and sacks; baskets woven from reeds and twigs; and clay jars, pots, and pitchers contained everything from tools to tallow.
The Industrial Revolution heralded great technical advancement, but packaging remained expensive, and was usually reserved for storing and transporting luxury goods. In the early 1800s, an English merchant named Peter Durand, received the first patent for the idea of preserving food using tin cans. The patent (No 3372) was granted on August 25, 1810, by King George III. The use of tins increased in popularity over the next 20 years, and were a common household storage item for food and tobacco.
Cardboard boxes were created in 1817, by British Industrialist Sir Malcolm Thornhill. Paper bags were next, in 1844, although they looked more like our modern-day mailing envelopes. The modern carton was developed, by accident, by Brooklyn printer Robert Gair. Cellophane, bubblewrap, PET bottles… as product availability increased, so did the packaging options.
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