The History of Packaging

Packaging has been an essential part of life since ancient days to protect, store and transport items. The earliest materials used for primitive packaging were simple things from nature such as leaves, animal skins, nuts and wood.

During the Industrial Revolution, the introduction of machinery resulted in more efficient and durable packaging methods, while increasing city populations led to higher volume production of smaller, individual packaging. The introduction of the supermarket in the 1930s during the Great Depression led to packaging essentially selling products to the consumer with branding and advertising rather than reliance on salesmen.

In the mid to late twentieth century, plastics steadily overtook paper products as the leading packaging material. Today, packaging impacts our everyday lives. Thanks to advanced technology in the plastic packaging industry, there are now many innovations supporting practical, lightweight, sustainable packaging.

READ MORE about the progression of packaging over time at www.recyclingcounts.com/packaging-matters.