The many uses of plastic containers

The ‘future is plastics’ is a famous line from a movie that was created in the 1960’s. This is true for many business people and consumers who are putting more plastic into their lives than ever before.

One of the major reasons that plastic remains a stalwart part of the storage industry is that new technology allows plastic to be greener while still maintaining the positive features that most people have come to enjoy.

Here are some different ways that plastic can help you make an impact for your storage needs in your home or business:

Kitchen Storage

Most restaurants and commercial kitchens are fastidious about keeping their work areas clean. By switching to plastic, you can not only keep your perishables and dry goods safe from the elements, you can also ensure that the container that they are stored in will not degrade or decay. One company tested an olive oil for kitchen use over a two year period. After one and a half years of storage, the humidity from the kitchen created decay in the tins that the oil was stored in, causing a flavor distortion. The oil that was stored in plastic containers retained its fresh taste for dipping with breads for the entire two year test cycle, which was how long it was supposed to stay fresh.

Mobile Tool Kits

Although there are several different systems available for workers that use tools, one of the most common standbys for small businesses is to organize their tools into different plastic containers so that they remain separate yet available for use.

Computer Parts

Tablets and smartphones have made inroads into the typical company or consumer computer setup. At the same time, what home or office does not have a lot of extra cable and accessories that comes with their IT equipment? Organizing these parts into plastic bins makes a lot of sense for most firms. They can also be a part of certified quality for processes if a company is seeking ISO or other recognition to meet client requirements.

Archiving Files

Whether you run a business or a household, your paperwork will tend to stack up over time. Getting a large plastic bin that is stackable and can be covered can make a lot of difference when it comes to managing the extra paperwork that is no longer needed. One way to get started at your business is to determine a specific time limit by department and then remove all documents that are older than that date and archive them. That way you keep your current documentation to a minimum while your documents that are older are still available somewhere else in your facility.

Off-season Clothing Storage

In other countries like Japan, homeowners keep their off-season clothes in covered plastic bins that can be stacked. When summer arrives, they then remove their summer clothing and replace it with winter and spring clothing. The end result is a safe, clean system that keeps their clothes away from humidity, pests, and the effects of temperature changes until they are ready to be used. In American homes, many rooms have more storage available- yet the trend towards smaller living quarters in more urban areas makes this type of storage system an excellent option for consumers.

Plastic containers continue to be one of the most relied upon means of storing, sorting, and transporting items that you own or create. Leveraging their capabilities in your home or business should end up saving you time and money.

Jessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in keeping things organized and in order. She currently writes for FlexCon, a leading vendor of bulk plastic storage containers, bins & boxes.

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