The most common packaging methods in industries is plastic. Mainly resin. Resin is extremely beneficial to packaging companies as it it can be created to be rigid or flexible depending on what is going to be placed inside the package. Resin is mainly used with items such as soda and egg trays. Although there are numerous types of plastic that can be used for packaging methods, resin is the most commonly used amongst industries.
Aluminum is widely used for products such as sodas, beer, canned goods and animal foods. Because of the high cost of using aluminum to package products, most industries take donations of recycled canned goods to help save money in their business.
Most products that are packaged in cardboard boxes are first wrapped in another type of packaging such as bubble wrap or foam. If your industry is planning on cardboard becoming the main packaging method, it is ideal to invest in a taping machine to insure you and the customer that the package is sealed tightly with no chance of it falling out during the delivery.
Glass jars and bottles are highly used for numerous food and beverage products including jam, honey, alcoholic beverages and food items such as pickles and peppers. Although glass is extremely fragile it makes for an excellent, well-sealed packaged for any perishable products. It's a good idea to label any plain glass jars or use glass transfers to help you identify the contents.
Foam is not as common as other packaging methods, but is used for a variety of household items like furniture, TV's, glass or anything else that may have sharp edges that could puncture cardboard and plastic. Even though the foam is the main part to the packaging, cardboard is normally used after to encase the product and foam so it all stays compact.