Mylar is an American invention, having been invented by the DuPont Corporation in the 1950s. Today, Mylar is more appropriately referred to as BoPET, which stands for biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate. Essentially, it is a film made of several layers of stretched polyester material.
Custom Mylar packaging is desirable for storage of medications and food products because, though lightweight and flexible, it protects contents from going bad by limiting air transfer. Here are some reasons why your company can benefit from American-made Mylar packaging.
1. Fast Turnaround Time
When ordering packaging products from overseas, the wait time can be several weeks or even months. This is primarily due to the need to transport the product from halfway across the globe. If something happens in transit, you may never get the product. When you order Mylar packaging from a company that manufactures it in the United States, it can reduce your turnaround time to about two weeks at maximum.
2. Child Resistance
The most conscientiously made child resistant Mylar bags meet federal standards set forth in the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Both the films and the re-closable zipper are certified for resistance. Not only that, but these bags are also constructed to prevent the escape of odors from the bag. As a result, they may not attract the attention of children or pets to whom the contents of the package could be potentially harmful. The same high-barrier films that make the packages odor resistant also block out moisture, helping to keep the product fresh.
A company based in the U.S. has a stake in producing products that are eco-friendly. Failure to do so could mean the pollution of the specific ecosystem in which the company and its people reside. Certain films are made from post-consumer recycled materials. In other words, they derive from products such as water bottles or milk cartons that have fulfilled their life cycle. Films made with PCR resins reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% to 20% by using less virgin polymer.
Polyethylene films are another sustainable option. These are 100% recyclable and are compliant with the How2Recycle Store Drop-off program while still featuring photo-quality graphics and resistance to water vapor and oxygen. Before long, a compostable film will be available that can nourish the soil by breaking down into nontoxic components.
4. Customer Service
A company that prides itself on making Mylar packaging here in the United States is less likely to outsource its customer service operation overseas. Rather, it is more likely to offer access to knowledgeable experts willing to engage with you, listen to your needs, and either work to your specifications or recommend an appropriate structure for your product if you are unsure of what you need.
Both Mylar bags and roll stock film packaging can be digitally printed with your unique artwork and packaging design for a professional look, helping you to compete effectively with large competitors.
Mylar originated in the United States 70 years ago. Since that time, it has only gotten better. In addition to the benefits to your company from purchasing American-made Mylar packaging, you also help to create domestic jobs in a sustainable industry and support the U.S. economy.