It is said “don’t judge a book by its cover” and it is true...to a certain extent. It is true that the attractiveness of the dry food packaging does not matter. However, its quality does. Most of us pick our companions’ food looking at its contents. We study the labels but we often forget to look at the packaging itself. What are the advantages and disadvantages of various types of packaging and its materials?
Plastic packaging is used most commonly. Or the combination of plastic, aluminium and paper. Nowadays, when we tend to think about the environment, it might seem as creating unnecessary waste but some brands of superpremium dry food think about the environment in the production and they offer recyclable packages with their products. The fact is that this type of packaging is practical – solid, it doesn’t usually get damaged during transport and you’ll often find useful innovations on it.
Another packaging material is paper. It is easily torn compared to plastic and its production is more expensive. However, it is the friendliest option with regard to the environment. Its permeability is also an advantage, as the dry food does not get steamed even at worse conditions. And let’s look at the third option – aluminium packaging. They are the most solid option but also the most expensive.
With regard to environment, the larger the package the better, of course. However, these might be difficult to store. The packaging itself might help if there is a zip fastener. The food will be sealed in a dry and dark environment then. Also barrels might be good for storage. However, the ones that are not completely tight won’t keep the contents fresh for so long.
A great advantage of large packages (at least for me) is a handle for carrying. Well, taking a bag with 15 kilograms of dry food is not an easy thing. Therefore, the handle is a very useful thing. It also makes it easier to put the food to a barrel later.
An alternative might be buying bulk feed. This option is possible in many vet shops – they will give you as much as you need from a large package. However, there is a disadvantage that you don’t how long the package is opened and in what conditions it is stored. Therefore, you need to trust the seller.
Quality dry food should therefore be packed in quality materials, even though their design does not have to be attractive. The graphics is usually simple and clean. How do you deal with packaging for dry food? Do you think about what is practical or environmentally friendly or you don’t care at all?