Packaging evolution

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  • 20,000 BCE

    Natural materials

    Natural materials
    Grass, animal skin, leaves, gourds,
  • 8,000 BCE

    Ceramics & Amphorae

    Ceramics & Amphorae
    Clay was shaped into a variety of containers and storage devices for dry goods and liquids in the Middle East.
  • 5,000 BCE


    Barrels and boxes to store or transport liquids and dry goods in large quantities, found in Egypt.
  • 2,500 BCE


    Phoenicians and Syrians started yo use containers, or blowing glass.
  • 2,000 BCE


    Paper and cellulose fibres to write down or wrap food in China.
  • 1,800 BCE


    Safer preservation of food in metal containers was realized in France. The idea of putting food safely in metal packaging was first had in 1809 when Napoleon Bonaparte said he would award 12thousand Franks to whomever comes up with a method to protect the army's food supply.
  • Card board box

    Card board box
    British are credited for creating the first commercial carton box. • However, cardboard packaging was done for the first time by Germans in the same year
  • Paper bags

    Paper bags
    The square-bottomed paper bag, started in England by one Luther Childs Crowell but was limited in terms of durability and interior space.
  • Printed metal containers

    Printed metal containers
    The first printed box in the history of metal packaging was made in 1866 in USA. It wasn't until 1910 that it was in the stores commercially and the aluminum foil box design was developed in early 1950. The first aluminum canned food came out in 1959. Screws and hammers were being used to open metal packaging until 1866. Later, packaging with tearable lids was made. In 1875 can opener was invented.
  • Glass containers

    Glass containers
    The development that affected glass packaging the most was the patenting of the "automated rotary glass manufacture machine” in 1889. After the 1970s glass packaging begun to be used in high value products' protection and has a wide range of usages today.
  • Aluminum can

    Nikolas Appert from Paris presented that tinned can pressed with stannic has an ability to preserve food after it has been sterilized. A year later English man Peter Durant, earned to right to patent the cylindrical can with his pressed stannic invention.
  • PETE containers

    PETE containers
    Used for foods, hot-fill products and others container.
  • New packaging

    New packaging