What makes bottles so great? Here's a brief introduction to the fascinating world of these useful vessels. Historically speaking, bottles are one of the greatest inventions of mankind.
Setting the seal
Bottles achieve their impermeability thanks to their closure systems. The best-known solution for storing liquids in resealable bottles is of course the cork. As a natural product, cork is surely the most biological of all closures. Currently the most common closure type around, corks are still the preferred stopper in the wine industry. However, recent years, evolving consumer habits and an often considerable amount of faulty wine as the result of damaged cork have contributed to the popularisation of other closure systems. Cork’s biggest competitor: the screw cap.
Glass as a packaging material
Glass as a packaging material has numerous, unbeatable advantages: it is 100 % inert so it does not release any substances whatsoever into its environment. Furthermore, in its tinted form it protects against harmful UV rays whilst simultaneously allowing consumers to view what’s inside it. You could even say it’s transparent. A huge benefit in an age when discerning consumers are keen to know what they’re consuming.
But that’s not all. Glass is also 100 % recyclable and thus a ‘circular’ raw material. After old glass is collected and melted, it can be remoulded into a new product. The material can also be used creatively. The most famous and most successful bespoke shape is probably the COCA-COLA bottle, for example. Customised bottle shapes, however, were long tied to large runs i.e. series productions and therefore usually exclusively the preserve of big international corporations. However, all that is a thing of the past. Cristallo UNICO makes it viable.
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