Blister Packaging: Consumer & Eco-Friendly

There can be a lot of boxes to tick when it comes to packaging. Depending on the product and the company, they might have specific considerations regarding the size and how durable a package needs to be. Not to mention the needs of branding and product showcase. However, we think that there’s one type of packaging that does a great job of ticking off all these boxes: blister packaging. 

Blister packaging is probably most notable as the type of plastic container your single-serve medicine comes in. It’s the plastic bubble affixed to a cardboard backing. It’s easy to open and helps control dosage. But its handiness doesn’t stop there. 

Blister Packaging Benefits

Blister packaging is handy for more than just medications. It’s used often for tools and items that are better served hanging than shelved. The rigidity of the plastic allows for security of the item, and the cardboard backing is dual purpose. It can provide more information, including instructions, about the product. And it provides an easy way for consumers to access the tool. 

But not only is blister packaging friendly for consumers, it’s also eco-friendly. Depending on your recycling guidelines, it can be as simple as removing the cardboard from the plastic and binning appropriately. 

Other benefits of blister packaging include cost savings in different ways. This style of packaging is ideal for showcasing a product with cost savings as the materials are relatively cost effective. Additionally, theft and tampering is driven down by blister packaging (and really, any thermoformed package) because consumers can view the product beforehand. They aren’t as tempted to open it. 

Best of all from an organizational standpoint, the airtight seal ensures a long shelf life and exemplary package performance over time. There’s no worry about the product becoming defective due to outside pressures. And if blister packs aren’t exactly what you need, check out Sunrise’s other custom thermoformed options as well. 

More Thermoformed Packaging Styles

In addition to blister packs, Sunrise can also create thermoformed trays and clamshells. Talk to a representative today to learn more about which style is right for your product!

Custom Thermoforming Packaging Options

When it comes to thermoforming packaging, there’s more than meets the eye. 

It’s the ultimate in custom packaging, as the pliable plastic is molded specifically for products. This perfect fit is part of what is driving the market for this specific type of packaging. In fact, PRNewswire estimates that the thermoformed plastics market will hit over $16 billion dollars by 2015. Demand will increase from industries as diverse as healthcare to automotive to construction, driven by this style’s unique properties. So what’s so special about this style of packaging?

Thermoforming Packaging Options

There are a few styles when it comes to thermoformed packaging.  Each one has different applications and advantages, and work differently for different products. Here’s a quick rundown: 

Custom Thermoformed Trays

Highly versatile as well as usable, thermoformed trays are precision-formed to provide the highest level of protection for products. They can even be created with a locking mechanism to ensure that nothing shifts or breaks in transit. These custom trays can be inserted and heat-sealed into boxes or binders to hold not only your products, but companion content as well. USB drives, discs, manuals, you name it. It’s important that your customers experience your products in an ideal setting, right? Custom thermoformed trays create that ideal setting, anywhere and everywhere. 

Thermoformed Blister Packaging

Originally used for packaging aspirin, blister packaging is a lightweight, easy-to-open option for custom thermoformed packaging. Blister packaging is comprised of clear plastic housing your product and adhered to a backing like cardboard or foil. While the idea of easy-to-open packaging might not be at the top of your list of considerations, it’s proving to be a main motivator for some shoppers. Driven by the aging baby boomer market, usability is an increasingly large concern, especially for healthcare and medical devices. 

Custom Thermoformed Clamshells

Clamshells are an increasingly popular option for items that customers want to see before buying. For obvious reasons, it’s not always in the best interests of retailers and producers to have customers opening their products, fidgeting with them, and then walking away. By encasing products in clear plastic, customers can see the exact product they’re looking to purchase. And by making the packaging securely tamper-proof, they know that it’s in perfect condition. We recommend adding a printed insert as well for your branding and more marketing real estate!

Learn More About Thermoformed Packaging Options

Minnesota’s Sunrise Packaging has years of experience in this market. Contact a representative today to find out what style can work for your product!

 

Custom Thermoforming for Point of Purchase

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Custom thermoforming is incredibly effective for point of purchase display, beauty, cosmetic, medical, pharmaceutical blister packaging, clamshell, electronic, and other manufacturing industries. Custom thermoforming is very cost effective for high volume orders and repetitive runs. Once your custom tooling is complete for custom plastic packaging, following orders are trouble-free to setup and speedy to turn.

EarSkinz Custom Thermoformed Packaging

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This vibrant custom thermoformed packaging for EarSkinz highlight a wonderful product. The tray assists to tell the story of what the product is, silicone ear bud covers in this case. This design utilizes the smooth and boundless potential of thermoformed plastic trays. An enormous advantage of this custom thermoformed package for EarSkinz is the elimination of extra exterior wraps, boxes or sleeves which diminishes waste, helping the bottom line for EarSkinz. The custom designed tray is covered in front by a clear co-polymer film which is easy to open for the purchaser. Finishing out the packaging is a back label which offers instructions which helps the front to stay clean and stylish.

Get Your Product to Market Fast

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Thermoforming is far superior to other plastic manufacturing methods when you want to get your product to market in as swift a way as possible. Thermoforming is speedier to implement, more effective in terms of materials and produces a considerably more affordable end-product.

In the final evaluation, thermoforming permits you to make more suitable decisions while still staying within budget. It also lets you have a faster product development cycle that will facilitate you to get your product to the marketplace ahead of your competitors.

 

Victoria Secret’s custom two-piece box

This Victoria Secret’s custom two-piece box illustrates how custom thermoforming so often combines flawlessly with turned edge to create a complete luxury custom packaging solution. I think Victoria’s Secret really triumphs getting their branding message out with this custom designed box!


One of the pieces is a slipcase that covers the main tray. This box is also know as a “drawer” box, and is perfect for kits with important pieces that you need to display. The inside of the box has a plastic thermoformed tray to hold lotions and fragrances securely. Consistent with the fashion trends and color design of the Victoria’s Secret brand, the cover wrap uses  pink and black with a custom pattern. This luxury custom box has two fully telescoped sections and to make it easy to open, a ribbon was included. This box does an incredible job of holding and presenting items in a elegant yet practical manner.

Blister Packaging Benefits

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Custom blister packaging offers excellent display advantages and tamper evidence in retail.  Branded artwork is considerably easily done with blister packaging, since the concept of the item involves a blister card, it makes sense for you to print with dazzling graphic design! The thermoformed cavity is then heat sealed onto each card holding the product in place.

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For security, the blister pack keeps products secured from their exterior environment. However, since they are easier to open than clamshells, there is still a chance of tampering. Although blister packaging does not safeguard the product itself, it does protect the consumer; therefore any evidence of tampering is obvious to the consumer. Custom designed blister packaging is an extremely popular choice for general consumer goods packaging.

Custom Designed Clamshells

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I consider custom designed clear plastic clamshells provide an enormous advantage for retail packaging solutions. I think it speaks to people that your package has nothing to hide. Your product is there for the world to see and your customer can see the product and not feel like they have any expectation to be disappointed by misrepresentative contents.

Clamshells provide safety and visibility that are designed specifically to product are frequently custom made with inline thermoforming manufacturing. Plastic material is roll-fed in to the former and takes shape of the Teflon coated aluminum tool that is being applied. Clamshells often are very cost-effective and usually have easy to open functionality that provides a great custom packaging solution.

Advantages of Clamshell Packaging

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Clamshell packaging is distinctive because of its hinged, one-piece design. The hinges allows them to open like a clamshell. Clamshell packaging frequently comes with a single hinge and usually includes a hanger tab so it can be hung on a store hook.

I love the advantages for both the consumer and the manufacturer. Let’s look at a few.

Highly Observable for the Consumer

This type of packaging is usually made using high transparency material. For the consumer, the product inside can be observed from many different angles

Highly Secure for the Manufacturer

Clamshell packaging can be made highly secure, allowing manufacturers to package highly valuable products in them while diminishing the possibility of theft or tampering. This increased security makes it perfect for retail.

Total Enclosure

Clamshell packaging provides total enclosure for the product inside without separate lids or backings. This ensures that the entire package is one piece.

At Sunrise Packaging, we design and manufacture visually interesting and functional plastic thermoformed clamshell packaging. We are a leader in manufacturing thermoformed clamshell packaging solutions to industries such as retail, medical, entertainment, media and cosmetic. We would love to work on your design and concept from start to completion.

 

Combination: Turned Edge Blister Packaging

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This is a turned edge product that carefully and strategically utilizes custom thermoformed blister packaging in order to create a unique and comprehensive packaging solution. An informative piece that covers the benefits and uses of crops from Minnesota Grain in Eagan, this packaging solution is not only a great marketing piece, but it provides the recipient with real time samples of each item in order to recognize and truly learn about what they have to offer. They say in order to make money you have to spend money, and in this case, Minnesota Grain has done that by making a solid investment in educating their clientele and potential buyers. The thermoformed plastic acts as a blister with the turned edge flat, making it possible to show a variety of grain samples. The placement of each blister is in line with the accompanying descriptive text. As both a turned edge manufacturer and custom thermoformer, we love projects like this that use our strengths!