For products to last longer in their functional form, packaging and boxing are essential steps. Soaps are merely plain bars of fats and oils conjugated with several chemicals for fragrances and colors. A soap bar alone is unable to attract any potential attention. So what makes soapboxes attractive enough to buy? The answer to this is the art of customization. Yes! Custom soap boxes are not only trending but overtaking the plain packaging industries by storm. These soapboxes do not cost a million to make and is a way of affordable packaging.
Let’s admit it, plastic boxes are way more convenient than any other material box you have at home. The use of a plastic soap box is much better as it is less messy, more durable and easier to handle. Some of the benefits of using this box are as follows:
Durability- it will definitely serve till you live and most probably not die out even after you have! Plastic soap boxes are usually made of polystyrene. This material is hard and does not decompose on heating, burning or breaking. Plastic boxes do not break and rarely leak only when pressure is applied to it. However, UV can always have an impact on the plastic of all kinds. If this box is constantly exposed to sunlight, it will deteriorate over time but it will never deteriorate completely. In terms of durability, the use of plastic soap boxes serves as a good decision.
Costs- The cost of producing a plastic soap box is less as compared to a cardboard box. Usually, one plastic box is enough to last a decade whereas a cardboard box will crumble with the exposure to water and wetting of the soap, thus creating a need to replace it immediately. Polystyrene is, in fact, easier to produce and the manufacturing is pocket-friendly for the makers.
Environment Factors- Plastic doesn’t decompose. This makes it non-biodegradable. Plastic soapboxes will often end up at land refills once they are discarded and remain there for a thousand years. Plastics if burnt produce toxic pollutants in the environment. Plastic soap boxes take less energy during production and generate less solid waste as compared to cardboard boxes. Moreover, plastic soap containers are made out of non-renewable resources such as oil and gas, this means due to the booming plastic production, these resources will completely run out. Overall this has harmful impacts on the environment.
Recycling- Although, recycling plastic takes less energy than cardboard. It is a cumbersome process. The machines which are meant for recycling plastic often get stuck or malfunction due to plastic making hindrances or obstruction in its proper functioning.
These kinds of boxes are made out of layers of corrugated and kraft material. The coatings are stuck together by tough glues to keep the box firm. Cardboard soap boxes attain some other characteristics too including;
Durability- Cardboard has limited durability as compare to plastic box as once a cardboard soapbox gets wet, it will start losing its firmness and gradually wash away. Even if it dries, it will not be able to retain its original strength. Unlike plastic, cardboard cannot withstand high pressures and degrade once discarded. Cardboard is a light material and won’t break on falling. However it is not leak proof and if watery soaps are placed in it, it will leak away.
Costs- For the manufacturers, producing plastic is more viable and cost-effective to them than plastic. Cardboard requires more energy for production, it is often said that fifty cardboard boxes equal the costs of one plastic box. While cardboard boxes may have to be replaced again and again due to its less durability thus adding up to the costs of production and buying, plastic boxes save up a lot of extra expenses for both the buyers and sellers.
Environment Factors- Cardboard soap boxes are biodegradable, recyclable and made from renewable sources. This indicates their obvious benefits to the environment. Being degradable, they return to the ground once discarded. Cardboard boxes do not require much effort to get recycled and since they are generated for renewable sources like plants and barks of timber, they are not a threat to draining natural resources. However, the energy required to produce a cardboard box is almost double that of producing a plastic one and also emits more pollution while its production.
Recycling- The process of recycling cardboard boxes can be inefficient as it consumes more fuel for degradation and production. Another downside is that it generates more solid waste than plastic.
Whether it is plastic or cardboard soap boxes, customization creates innovation to boxing. The art of custom soap boxes helps in achieving increased revenues and business sales for brands. Customization can help in improving several aspects of your local boxing business by focusing on some tips and tricks. The prominent ones are as follows:
Logo placement- Logo makes the first impression of a brand that the customer catches as soon as they set an eye on a product. Positioning the logo of your company right where the customer expects to find it on the soapbox reinforces the value of your brand therein boosting your company’s sales.
Brand image- Customization has a huge role to play for the brand image. For instance, if the brand produces eco-friendly cardboard soap boxes, it will be a major attraction for green lovers and it will, in turn, give an impression that the brand really cares about the environment and people thus improving the brand image. The more viable and relatable the customized packaging looks to the customer, the more positive the brand image.
Designing- Since customization offers an array of designs and shapes, soapboxes can be presented in their full potential. Ranging from floral designs to geometrical shapes and combination of the right color schemes can enhance an ordinary soapbox in an altruistic persona.