A few of my favourite packaging things
No 1: Pallet Collars and Lids
Inspired by a recent blog about brown paper packaging, which gave me the opportunity to quote a few lines of a song from The Sound of Music (which I have been unable to get out of my head ever since), I’ve been giving a few thoughts to some of the truly creative packaging products on offer these days.
Let’s be honest: most items of packaging, while undoubtedly useful and practical, are a little dull. We love polythene bags at Davpack, for example, but it will be a sad day when we get excited by them. Yet there are a few things we sell that are new, different and genuinely imaginative.
They are, in fact, packaging ideas thought up ‘out of the box’; if they can’t be lauded here, then where can they be?
First up, we have some wooden crates designed to be used as export packaging, but with an unexpected bonus use which I’ll come back to shortly.
As packing cases go, this is basically a ‘self build’, because you construct it by stacking the plywood pallet collars one on top of the other. That means that, unlike normal shipping crates, it only needs to be as high as you need it.
As one who has suffered with a bad back, the second advantage makes it even more ingenious in my book. If you need to pack something large, heavy and breakable, getting it into normal plywood boxes can be tricky. The only way to get it on to the bottom without breaking it is to lean over the high sides and lower it gently into position, requiring you to adopt a posture that is not going to do your spine any good. With this, you place your heavy item on the pallet and then build your box around it, saving bad backs all round!
So, I can hear you thinking, they certainly make decent export boxes, but what on earth else could you use them for?
This is not, I have to admit, my idea, so many thanks to the customer who rang in with this suggestion. Because if you just take one of our pallet collars, it makes an ideal, instant raised flower bed or vegetable garden!
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