Vacuum Packaging Vs. Shrink Packaging: Which One Is Better

When it comes to shipping supplies, the kind of packaging that you use always plays a major role. The packaging is one of an essential additions to a product since it is required for its protection and to make sure it doesn’t get damaged in the process. Many times, people are confused about the kind of packaging that they should use. Vacuum Packaging and Shrink Wrapping have for a long time been one of the go to packaging options that people use. A lot of people think that both those kinds of packaging are the same, but they aren’t. So then what is the difference between the two? And if there is a difference, which one of them is the better option?

The result of the packaging looks similar to each other which is why people tend to get mixed up about it. But even though this is the case, they differ in numerous ways. One of how the packaging types differ is the way they trap the air. Vacuum packaging tends to create a vacuum around the product. This is done in a way which squeezes out all the air so that there is nothing left inside. This can also be useful in preventing water buildup inside products which can be caused by condensation of the air inside it. Of course, you would need a proper vacuum sealing machine for this. This kind of packaging is brilliant for items that are perishable. Since vacuum packaging contains no air, bacteria and other microbes cannot grow in there. This means that perishable foods can be kept for a lot longer in this kind of packaging. The kind of material that this kind of packaging uses is different from that of shrink packaging and tends to be a lot thicker.

Shrink Packaging, on the other hand, works in a slightly different way. Instead of being air tight, shrink packaging only works to cover the food to protect it from dirt. Shrink wrapping works exactly how its name sounds. A plastic film is taken and put on top of a product. Heat is then applied to it using a shrink wrap device or machine, which then shrinks according to the shape of the product. The plastic is then sealed to create a capsule around the product that you are packaging. This kind of packaging is different in the sense that when sealed, it does not eliminate the air from the inside, but merely traps it. This is however not ideal for perishable goods since the air trapped inside can become a breathing ground for bacteria. However, this could work well for items that aren’t consumables, and sometimes, may be a good cheaper alternative to using vacuum packaging. Since the plastic that is used for this needs to bend according to the shape of the item, the plastic tends to be a lot thinner in quality.

Each packaging type, of course, comes with its own set of pros and cons, which can play a big role in deciding which packaging you should go in for. At the end of the day, both these types of packaging offer your product a transparent look, which is one of the ways in which they are similar to each other. Both of them give your product the protection it needs during transit, which is always a positive.