Cap Liners

The best cap liner must suit your product needs in compatibility depending on product that will not have a negative reaction with the cap liner.

An EPE liner is a white foam sheet used to line a cap. When the lid of a container is closed, the rim of the container pushes against the EPE liner. EPE liners are available in different thicknesses. EPE Liners have a low-density foam core sandwiched between two levels of polyethylene. This style of the liner has a strong chemical resistance and low moisture transmission rate, they produce less fibre shed and are more conformable than pulp – which assists with a better seal of your product and prevent leakage.

IHS liners are sealed on the rim of the container using induction heat to seal the product in the container. There are a range of IHS liners suited to products containing oil, powdered products, or to prevent loss of flavour or leakage.

Pressure sensitive liners have adhesive on one side to stick on to the rim of a container. When a container is closed and pressure is applied to the cap, the adhesive becomes activated, sealing the product in the container. To access the contents, the seal must be pulled off the container. This liner protects the product and provides tamper evidence to ensure safe delivery of the product to the consumer.

CBD Bottles

Pricing for CBD bottles depends on the style, material and quantity you require. Glass dropper bottles are highly popular for CBD products allowing the user to dispense accurate dosage of CBD oil with graduated pipette droppers. Lifestyle Packaging manufacture and hold stock in the UK providing stock at short lead time to UK and Europe with global shipping options.

Lifestyle Packaging manufacture and hold stock in the UK providing stock at short lead time to UK and Europe with global shipping options.

CBD is usually packaged in 5-30ml dropper bottles for convenience and to be easily portable. Each of these different sizes of dropper bottles are available with the same GL18 neck allowing the same dispensing and cap to be used.

Child Resistant Packaging

By law, some items must be packaged in child resistant packaging, the most recent standard is BS EN ISO 13127:2012. In brief, child resistant packaging is designed to keep little fingers out of products which could harm them, while ensuring that adults can still open and close packaging easily.

The majority of blister packs are not child proof, however they can be supplied in an outer box which is child resistant.

Clamshell Packaging

Clamshell cases are made from Food Grade Polypropylene and are 100% recyclable.

Food Grade Polypropylene is used to manufacture clamshell packaging.

Clamshell cases are large enough to hold several tablets or gummies in the pouch, but blister packaging is designed to store tablets separately to be released individually.

Custom Plastic Packaging

Packaging can be customised in many ways – whether taking stock product and adding decoration, or creating a bespoke dispenser, or designing the whole pack from start to finish. Minimum order quantities and costs of designing and manufacturing a unique custom packaging requires significant investment and may take some time due to prototyping and compatibility testing. Customising some aspect of an existing product is therefore usually preferred route especially for smaller brands. The Lifestyle team are on hand to help with costings of your specific project.

Qualities of plastic packaging are useful for food and medication in preserving the contents for longer, enabling transport to where the user needs it and ensuring that large amounts of food do not go to waste. Creating the food and medication often takes considerably more resources, therefore it often makes environmental sense to protect it and make sure the resources invested are not wasted. Plastic can be manufactured with a precise amount of rigidity or flexibility, making it extremely useful to specific types of application or dispensing products. Plastics are also the lightest packaging material and help keep products safe and hygienic.

With just 4% of the world’s oil production being used for plastics, and there is much less energy is used to produce it compared to other materials. Plastics are durable yet lightweight and thus save weight in transport and packaging. Whilst plastics may take long to break down in the environment, recycling now makes it possible to create new products with the old plastics, a solution to waste being in the natural habitats or causing environmental issues.

Manufacturing and recycling plastic produces toxic gases and residues which causes air and water and land pollution. Plastic materials clog waterways, oceans, seas, lakes etc. … Plastic is widely used in packaging.

Plastic is an extremely durable material meaning it lasts for a long time, therefore it can cause issues when the plastic packaging is discarded in the environment and may disturb the natural habitat of wildlife.

If you are looking to replace plastic packaging, choose from alternatives available such as glass, paper, card or wood, depending on the qualities you need in your product – flexibility, transportable, fill volume, shape and size.

Eliquid Bottles

Depending on how the ejuice is stored, most e-liquids can be kept for up to two years. However, once the bottle is opened, the vacuum seal is broken allowing air to the ejuice. A good rule of thumb is to only stock ejuice you will use within 2-3 months. If you haven’t re-opened ejuice in a long time, check whether the colour has changed – e-liquid darkens as the nicotine steeps, making the throat hit stronger or weaker. Also check the consistency of the liquid hasn’t become too thick to prevent clogging your coil.

If you need to clean out an eliquid bottle, remove the nozzle and wash thoroughly with hot soapy water.

A bottle of e liquid that has been opened may last only a few months but e liquid that has not been opened will last around two years.

The most popular are the 10ml, 60ml and 120ml eliquid bottles, with other sizes in the range being 30ml, 75ml, 100ml which are also frequently used.

E liquid bottles are supplied with child proof caps, to open a child-proof e liquid bottle, push down on the lid towards the bottle and twist anticlockwise to release the lid from the bottle.

Essential Oil Diffusers

Essential oils can be diffused every day but it is best to use intermittent diffusing. Many scientific reviews and studies verify that appropriate doses of essential oils are safe and efficacious. Using low-quality, altered, or synthetic essential oils dramatically increases the possibility of sensitivity or reactions, and decreases the effectiveness of the oil. When using a potent, pure oil, only a small dose will be required to deliver significant benefits.

The length of time you run a diffuser can depend on the size of room it is in and the strength of the oils you are diffusing. General recommendations are to limit diffusing sessions to 30-60 minutes, depending on the oil. If you feel the scent is too intense or have any negative reactions or side effects, stop diffusing the oil and take a break.

Diffusing is one of the most effective methods of absorbing essential oils, therefore to obtain the full benefit the diffuser should be placed near to where you are working, it is generally recommended to place a diffuser on a high shelf in order to allow for maximum dispersal. If the diffuser requires a power supply, place near a plug socket and ensure the tank of water is not at risk of being knocked over. For diffusers with a flame, ensure the flame is out of reach of flammable materials or children.

An ultrasonic diffuser is safe to run while you sleep and can be beneficial in resolving health challenges such as cold or flu.

Typically the recommended amount of oils for in ultrasonic diffusers are 3-5 drops per 100ml.

Always follow the manufacturers instructions for your diffuser to give optimum results.

Essential Oils

Dilution can be around 5-40 drops of essential oil added with a carrier oil to fill the 10ml bottle, but depends on the purpose of the roller and the strength of the oil. For example some essential oils are so strong they may burn the skin if applied without dilution and therefore need to be more diluted.

One drop is typically 0.05ml, therefore 200 drops in 10ml of oil.

One drop is typically 0.05ml, therefore 100 drops in 5ml of oil.

One drop is typically 0.05ml, therefore 300 drops in 15ml of oil.

Using an inverted dropper allows the user to manage the quantity of oil in dispensing, other options include atomiser spray for delivering a fine mist such as perfume or room spray, or pipettes to dispense drops or measured quantity. https://www.lifestylepackaging.com/product/child-resistant-dropper-caps/

For inverted dosage units such as roller ball or inverted dropper, a thin object such as the edge of a spoon to run around the rim between the glass bottle and the plastic closure, releasing the seal between them and allowing you to pull out the roller ball or dropper and clean/ refill the bottle.

Most caps are screw off, but more potent oils (such as Wintergreen essential oil) will be fitted with a child-resistant closure meaning you must remove by dual action of pushing down and twisting to remove.

Wash with hot soapy water, to thoroughly sanitise, place glass components into boiling water for a few minutes then leave to dry in a clean environment to ensure they are cleaned and ready to reuse.

2.375 x 1.25 inches or 6 x 3 cm

Most pure essential oils will last at least two years before starting to degrade, and some as long as 15 years! When essential oils are mixed with carrier oils it may reduce the lifespan slightly.

Glass

Glass jars and bottles are shrink-wrapped at the manufacturer for safe shipping and to ensure they arrive at the client in high quality, maintaining cleanliness of product. This means the pack size is different for each size and style of glass container.

Glass is impermeable and virtually inert, meaning there is no risk of harmful chemicals getting into the food or drinks that are packed in glass. This makes it the most stable packaging material without the need for additional barriers or additives.

Glass packaging is most commonly used for food and drink, medication and essential oils. Qualities of glass make it suitable to keep products for a long shelf-life.

In this comparison, there are several reasons why glass is viewed as more sustainable than plastic including being far more durable and washable, meaning it is a reusable container that can be sterilized and recycled over and over.

Glass is manufactured from natural, renewable resources and is infinitely recyclable with no loss in strength or quality. Closed loop recycling means that 100% of the recycled glass container becomes a new glass container, without waste.

Glass packaging is virtually inert meaning it does not easily react with products; being made from renewable sources, glass packaging can be a good alternative to plastic and lasts for a long time. However the weight of glass and possibility of breaking can be detremental for brands looking to ship their packaging via post.

Glass Bottles

Packaging glass bottles for transport is important to ensure no breakage in delivery; if packaging more than one glass bottle with another, they should not be loose enough to bump together otherwise there is the risk of them chipping or cracking in transit.

Choose your bottle depending on the purposes of your product packaging – consider how the product will be dispensed, what contact materials are compatible with your product, how environmentally sustainable the packaging and your product branding.

Markings on the bottom of glass bottles are called ‘punt marks’; they often refer to the manufacturer or the volume of liquid the bottle will hold.

Glass is made from sustainable, natural resources and is recyclable infinitely without waste material, however the process of manufacturing and recycling glass also takes a lot of resources and energy.

Glass Candle Jars

In short, yes. Glass is manufactured at a very high temperature and most glass is extremely heat resistant. It is important to ensure the glass is not directly above the flame to prevent cracking.

Glass candle jars are the best for candle making, but a variety of others are also used successfully including ointment jars, powder jars and balm jars.

If the flame is directly beneath the candle, the temperature may be too hot for the glass to withstand and cause the glass to crack.

No special glass is required to make candles.

Glass typically used in windows will fracture between 70-90 degrees Celsius, but tempered glass will withstand up to 240 degrees Celsius.

Usually, glass sheeting that has been tempered has completely smooth edges due to the extra processing it goes through, while other types of glass usually have scuffed or ridged edges. Tempered Glass is about four times stronger than regular class and is known for its safety. And, unlike regular glass, tempered glass fractures into small, relatively harmless pieces. This is possible because during the annealing process the glass is cooled down slowly, which makes the glass much stronger.

Glass Packaging

Glass is impermeable and virtually inert, meaning there is no risk of harmful chemicals getting into the food or drinks that are packed in glass. This makes it the most stable packaging material without the need for additional barriers or additives.

Glass packaging is most commonly used for food and drink, medication and essential oils. Qualities of glass make it suitable to keep products for a long shelf-life.

In this comparison, there are several reasons why glass is viewed as more sustainable than plastic including being far more durable and washable, meaning it is a reusable container that can be sterilized and recycled over and over.

Glass is manufactured from natural, renewable resources and is infinitely recyclable with no loss in strength or quality. Closed loop recycling means that 100% of the recycled glass container becomes a new glass container, without waste.

Glass packaging is virtually inert meaning it does not easily react with products; being made from renewable sources, glass packaging can be a good alternative to plastic and lasts for a long time. However the weight of glass and possibility of breaking can be detremental for brands looking to ship their packaging via post.

HDPE Bottles

Advantages of using HDPE for bottles are with it being cost-effective, can withstand temperatures from -148 to 176 degrees Fahrenheit, non-leaching, UV-resistant, dishwasher safe, resistant to most chemical solvents, stiff material.

High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) is a thermoplastic polymer made from petroleum, it is currently one of the most versatile plastic materials used in a wide variety of applications, including plastic bottles and supplements jars, milk jugs, shampoo bottles, bleach bottles, cutting boards, and piping. Qualities of HDPE such as outstanding tensile strength and large strength-to-density ratio, high-impact resistance and melting point mean that HDPE plastic is the best choice for many of these applications.

High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) is a thermoplastic polymer made from petroleum, it is currently one of the most versatile plastic materials used in a wide variety of applications, including plastic bottles and supplements jars, milk jugs, shampoo bottles, bleach bottles, cutting boards, and piping. Qualities of HDPE such as outstanding tensile strength and large strength-to-density ratio, high-impact resistance and melting point mean that HDPE plastic is the best choice for many of these applications.

HDPE (high-density plastic) is very stiff, has a good temperature resistance, very good water vapour barrier and high chemical resistance, making it perfect for shampoo bottles.

Opaque plastic bottles, often used for milk, juices, detergent, yogurt and margarine tubs, belong to the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) category of plastics. The American Chemistry Council and Care2 agree that it is safe to reuse these bottles after you have finished the original contents.

Many food containers are manufactured with HDPE, symbol #2. HDPE represents high-density polyethylene. There is a common misconception that all containers made of white plastic or HDPE plastic bearing recycle symbol 2 are food grade containers however not all of them are.

High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) is a thermoplastic polymer made from petroleum, it is currently one of the most versatile plastic materials used in a wide variety of applications due to it’s qualities.

HDPE is a high-density plastic that is very stiff, has a good temperature resistance, very good water vapour barrier and high chemical resistance. By contrast, PET plastics are highly transparent in appearance, available in different colours, lightweight and tough against gases and liquids. PET is also highly resistant to diluted acids, oils and alcohols. Based on the different qualities of these products you will be able to determine which plastic is best for your application.

In short, HDPE is suitable for storing alcohol and products containing ethanol such as hand sanitiser.

HDPE plastics will degrade in just under 100 years depending on the thickness of the plastic used, it is probably also the most recognized recyclable plastic and takes much less energy to recycle than to manufacture from ‘virgin’ materials.

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is, like BPA, a material derived from petroleum. The difference is that HDPE plastics are completely free from BPA and are therefore safe for applications that directly impact humans.

Plastics in category #2 HD Polyethylene (HDPE) can be potentially toxic to humans when left in the environment as they may leach when exposed to UV, heat and over time from natural breakdown.

Lotion Pumps

In a lotion pump, the product is drawn up through a dip tube by spring action in the top. The space in the container is replaced by air coming back in through the top.

A lotion pump is used to dispense thicker liquids such as cream and lotion from a bottle.

A lotion pump can be used for soap that has a similar viscosity to cream and lotion.

If a lotion pump stops working, it may be clogged or the spring broken, or internal seals may fail.

Perfume

Glass bottles maintain and protect perfume to be optimum when it reaches the consumer. Manufacturing perfume (and other glass bottles) starts with raw materials being melted, formed into pucks then into bottle shapes at very high temperatures. When the glass cools it holds shape as a perfume bottle, ready to be filled and sealed.

Some perfume bottles have a screw-off lid which can be opened but perfume bottles with a crimp closure may require tooling to remove the atomiser spray.

Perfume filled in a bottle with a screw-off lid can be refilled by opening the lid and inserting more perfume, perfume bottles with a crimp closure may require tooling to remove the atomiser spray, but perfume manufacturers making more sustainable products are now opting for recycled glass and unscrewable pumps to allow the bottle to be refilled.

A 30ml perfume bottle contains 30ml liquid internally and the external size of the bottle depends on the design of the perfume bottle.

A 50ml perfume bottle contains 50ml liquid internally and the external size of the bottle depends on the design of the perfume bottle.

Many perfumes don’t have a set expiry date and can last anywhere between 1-10 years. However, three to five years is often the average shelf life of a fragrance. According to experts, perfumes with heavier base notes will last the longest.

Fragrance in a perfume bottle is in a liquid. To release the spray, the spray bottle top or trigger needs to be pressed down. Pressing down on the trigger draws the liquid perfume up through a tube and it is dispersed through the atomiser of the spray bottle out as a mist.

PET Bottles

PET (also abbreviated PETE) is short for polyethylene terephthalate, the chemical name for polyester. PET is lightweight and therefore requires less energy to transport, safe as it does not shatter when it breaks, convenient, re-sealable and suitable for multi-serve packs, recyclable, can be moulded into different shapes, flexible in manufacturing.

PET bottles can be recycled by thoroughly washing and remelting for use in new PET products, or by chemically breaking down the PET into its constituent raw materials, which are then purified and converted into new PET.

PET is a clear, strong, and lightweight plastic that is widely used for packaging foods and beverages, especially convenience-sized soft drinks, juices and water. Here at Lifestyle packaging we use PET in tablet bottle and jars, medical rounds and eliquid bottles. These products can be made with recycled PET to enhance their sustainability.

PET has some useful qualities in the strength, thermo-stability, gas barrier properties and transparency. It is also lightweight, shatter-resistant and recyclable, making it a popular choice for drink bottles.

Pipettes

A pipette screws onto the top of a bottle and can remove larger quantities of liquid in a single dose, compared to an integral dropper which dispenses just 0.05ml drops when the bottle is inverted.

While the pipette is on the bottle, squeeze the rubber bulb then release it to draw liquid into the pipette tube. Move the pipette to the place the liquid is to be transferred to, then squeeze the pipette to release the liquid from the pipette tube.

Pipettes with graduated measurements allow the user to draw a measured dose of liquid.

20 drops equates to 1ml, due to a single drop being equal to about 61.6 μL (U.S.) or 59.2 μL (Britain). Pharmacists have since moved to metric measurements, with a drop being rounded to exactly 0.05 mL (50 μL).

Each component of a pipette must be recycled separately depending on the material it is manufactured from. Typically pipettes contain 3 components – bulb, hole cap and dropper.

Reed Diffuser for Oils

Some people may be sensitive to certain fragrances or synthetic oils used in reed diffusers.

A diffuser bottle holds the oil of a reed diffuser which the reeds are placed into. Typically these are glass helping to maintain the quality of the fragrance contained.

Many reed diffuser bottles have a screw neck which can be removed by screwing off.

Qualities to look for in a reed diffuser bottle are for UV resistance so the quality of the fragrance in the bottle is maintained, this can be opaque or coloured glass (amber glass is often chosen due to its high UV resistance) and a neck size large enough to hold a few bamboo reeds for the purpose of diffusing the fragrance.

To remove a bottle stopper from reed diffuser bottle, press upwards around the edges of the stopper to release the seal from the bottle, then pull the stopper out the top.

To clean a reed diffuser bottle, wash with hot soapy water to remove any fragrance oil. If the bottle is glass, it can be sterilised using boiling water.

Recommended dilution for reed diffuser oil is 30 – 50 drops of essential oils per 1/2 cup of base oil.

Tamper Evident Caps

As defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a tamper-evident label or seal “is one having one or more indicators or barriers to entry which, if breached or missing, can reasonably be expected to provide visible evidence to consumers that tampering has occurred.”

Tamper evident caps are designed to alert producers and consumers of potential tampering. For safety, caps are designed with a secured ring attached to the cap by a thin bridge of plastic. When the cap is unscrewed from the container, the ring is broken and two pieces of the cap are apparent.

Screw-on caps with a tamper evident seal should be screwed tightly on to the bottle ensuring the tamper band covers the neck ring of the bottle. After 24 hours when the plastic has had time to settle, the tamper band will then break when the cap is unscrewed.

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