Top 10 Questions About Plastic Boxes

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For over 50 years, Gary Plastic packaging has been designing and manufacturing plastic boxes for storage, shipping, display and protection. We’ve serviced industries from retail to food, pharmaceuticals, government and more. While each of our customers has their own unique needs, a few questions often come up in our industry. These are the top ten questions we’re asked.

If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please get in touch and let us know. We’re here to serve your packaging needs.

1. What material are your boxes made of?

Our high quality plastic boxes are made of crystal polystyrene. It’s ideally suited for plastic packaging due to its rigidity, stability and insulating qualities. It is naturally transparent but can be colored if the application calls for it. Some of our products can be ordered in clear, black, white or blue coloring.

food safe plastic boxes2. Are they food safe?

Yes, our boxes are BPA-free and safe for food. If you plan to vacuum seal the boxes, our hinged compartment containers make great boxes for displaying and selling candies. Our OMNI collection or unhinged boxes are ideally suited for food because the lids fit securely, helping to keep food clean and fresh.

3. How do I purchase your plastic boxes?

Ordering is easy – you can call us directly at 718-893-2200 and one of our dedicated customer service reps will work with you to fulfill your packaging needs. Or, you can email your order to Kevin@plasticboxes.com.

If you’d like a sample prior to your purchase, you can request one online here.

4. Do you offer inserts?

Yes! Our customers include everyone from jewelry retailers to electronics manufacturers, many of whom want either a beautiful display or quality protection.

We cut inserts in many colors and sizes to fit all of our boxes. Foam, flocked or thermoformed inserts are available in a wide selection of colors and can easily be die cut to securely hold your product. In addition, the box can be inverted and the insert can serve as a platform to display your product.

5. How long will my order take to process?

Lead time is approximately 3 weeks for an order, unless we have your desired products in stock, in which case your order can ship in as little as 1-2 days after you place the order.

Many of our customers place their orders up to 3 months in advance to ensure that they have the packaging they need to plan ahead.

6. Are your measurements inside or outside dimensions?

Our hinged boxes are inside dimensions and our OMNI and unhinged collection are outside dimensions.

7. Do you sell individual pieces?

No, we only sell in carton increments. Check our product pages or catalog for the number of pieces that are included in a carton. Remember, if you’d like a single sample you can request one online.

imprinted plastic boxes8. Do you imprint on the boxes?

Yes, we do. We can customize your plastic boxes to include a logo, tagline or other artwork at your request. Our imprint methods include hot stamp, pad print, silkscreen and digital imprint.

For more information about the types of imprinting and their best use cases, you can read more on our blog here.

9. Is shipping free?

Shipping is not included and will be added to the order based on size and weight. We use common carriers depending on which provides us with the optimal cost and delivery time.

Alternatively, we can ship your order using your FedEx or UPS account number if you have one.

10.  What is the minimum order?

Our minimum quantity order is a single carton. Check our catalog or product pages for the number of pieces in a carton.

While there is no minimum dollar amount, we do add a $10 handling fee for any order under $100 (excluding freight charges).

Do you have another question about our plastic boxes, customizations, applications, ordering or something we haven’t covered here? Call us at 718-893-2200 or contact us online and let us know how we can help.

Features And Benefits Of ESD Plastic Boxes

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Since 1978, the Stat-Tech division of Gary Plastic Packaging Corp. has specialized in the development and manufacturing of injection molded, rigid plastic packaging for the protection of static sensitive electronic parts.

Our ESD boxes have been used across industries from the military to aerospace and engineering, protecting and securing highly sensitive and valuable components. They are ideal for tools, fiber optics, electronic components including memory chips, motherboards and hard drives, semiconductors, laser diodes, high precision resistors, circuit breakers, cabling and more.

We combine function and aesthetic to offer the highest quality products trusted by some of the largest names in top industries. Here is some important information about our ESD boxes and how they can be used for the safety and protection of your static sensitive products.

ESD plastic boxESD Boxes Are Available In A Wide Array Of Options

Our rigid and protective anti-static plastic boxes are available in over 65 sizes and a variety of materials, with a choice of four foam inserts, including low density, medium density and high density black conductive foam, and pink antistatic foam. Our full catalog has over 350 stock sizes that can be designed to perfectly suit your needs with custom die cut foam inserts.

Our ESD plastic boxes are also available in black conductive or transparent, amine-free ASFD.

Foams Can Be Die Cut To Your Specifications

All foams are anti-corrosive and can be sized and die cut to precisely cradle and protect your products. Foams are available in 1/8″, 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ thickness.

Our customers often choose the pink foam for its cost effectiveness and black for its display qualities, variety of densities and elegance. Whatever you choose, each type is designed to provide maximum protection for your sensitive items and components.

Each Foam Has Unique Characteristics

Our static dissipative foam is manufactured from polyethylene in the pink traditionally associated with ESD protection. It contains an additive that continually migrates to the surface of the foam, creating an anti-static layer that both dissipates electronic charges and repels dust. It is characterized by its long lifespan, uniform thickness and durability.

Our low density black conductive foam is manufactured from polyurethane. It is non-corrosive, displays antistatic properties even in humid conditions and has an indefinite lifespan. It’s an ideal choice for protecting components from vibrations and physical shocks during handling.

Finally, both our medium density and high density black conductive foams are made using nitrogen gas, rendering them C.F.C. free and H.C.F.C. free. Their purity and anti-sloughing characteristics have earned them a leading position in the electronics industry. Both are non-corrosive and engineered specifically for use in electronics industries.

Hinged ESD boxESD Boxes Can Be Imprinted

Enhance ESD protection with a custom imprint using the ESD warning logo on each box. Additional information can also be custom imprinted to suit your specific application, including your company name and address, logo and even product-specific information.

ESD Boxes Provide Surface Resistivity

Black conductive packaging has a surface resistivity of <10(5) ohms/sq. For high antistatic properties, our ASFD boxes are made of acrylic and have a surface resistivity of >10(5) and < 10(12).

If you have a static sensitive product that requires specialized ESD packaging, you can download our full catalog of plastic boxes and containers. Then call us at 718-893-2200 or contact us online and let us meet your packaging needs.

Ten Unique Ways To Use Plastic Boxes

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For 53 years, Gary Plastic Packaging Corp. has designed and manufactured boxes for everything from preserving happy memories, to making life a little more organized, to allowing for safe shipping and beautiful display. While there are myriad ways to put our plastic boxes to good use, we’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorites to show you just how versatile our boxes are.

1. Animal Calls

Need some help keeping your turkey calls separate from your deer calls? Lightweight enough to carry with you, and durable enough to survive being dropped, our hinged G250 box is perfect for simple and safe animal call storage.

2. Personalized Gifts

Plastic boxes for giftsWith Mother’s Day and Father’s Day rapidly approaching, gift-giving is on the mind. Our food safe plastic boxes make ideal storage containers for sweets and edibles, from our Omni boxes that are fully sealed without hinges to compartment containers for fun display. All of our boxes can be personalized through decorating and imprinting in order to give your gift a uniquely special feel.

3. Bait And Tackle Box

When the avid fisherman grows tired of taking time out of a fishing trip to untangle tackle, our compartment containers make the perfect tackle box, with room to comfortably store bait and tackle, fishing wire and hooks.

photo display box4. Baseball Card Storage

Our hinged plastic boxes are perfect for protecting these delicate collectibles. They’re ideal for storing, organizing, transporting and showcasing. Store and showcase a single card or a full pack of cards as well as a deck of playing cards.

5. Photo Display

Give school photos a cool, modern display with a hinged, clear-top, black-based box. While this serves as a unique way to display photos, it also allows for convenient storage and makes an impression on parents when it arrives at their doorstep.

6. Jewelry

Clear, hinged boxes make the ideal storage and display cases for earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, charms and any stylish bauble. They’re durable enough for shipping and can be imprinted with a custom design or logo. Plus our foam inserts can be selected in a variety of colors and sized to perfectly fit any box.

compartment boxes7. Arts And Crafts

Arts and crafts can get messy. Glitter, beads, string, and everything in between can become easily disorganized without the right storage. But with a hinged compartment container, crafting products can be beautifully displayed and perfectly organized, from beads to sequins, needles, feathers, safety pins, scrapbooking supplies and more.

8. Tie Rider

One of the products that started it all for us 50 years ago was the tie rider, and to this day, we still don’t think there’s a better way to store and display neckties. For easy storage of collar stays, our unhinged OMNI boxes make a perfect complement.

9. Cosmetics Kits

Make-up bags seem like a great idea in theory but can easily become a disorganized bottomless pit. Our plastic boxes provide a practical and durable storage solution that not only looks great on retail shelves but add value to the purchase.

plastic boxes for collectibles10. Collectibles Case

Show off signed baseball or football cards while simultaneously protecting them. Display dolls or plush toys while keeping them free of dust. Use them as shadow boxes and stage items beautifully. The possibilities are unlimited with our Omni boxes.

These are just a few of the many uses of our hinged, unhinged and compartment boxes. If you have a specialty use and would like more information about ordering, custom imprinting or have a sample request, contact us online.

Choose The Right Custom Imprinting Method For Plastic Boxes

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Rigid plastic boxes make the ideal material for creating a customized packaging experience. From logos to graphics, text and more, they can be imprinted on any or all sides, in single or full color.

There are different reasons to choose one imprinting method over another, so consult with your design team to choose the right one for your needs. Here is a quick guide to what each means and when you may choose them.

Choose The Right Custom Imprinting Method For Plastic BoxesHot Stamping For Custom Imprinting On Plastic Boxes

Hot stamping is a dry printing method in which inks or foils are transferred to a flat surface at high temperatures. It originally became most popular for gold foiling and embossing in book printing. Today, hot stamping is perfect in situations where you want to achieve a high level of detail for an elegant and beautiful effect.

The resulting imprint is permanent and incredibly resilient. It can withstand harsh conditions, making it ideal for shipping without concern for damaging the image.

Silk Screening For Custom Imprinted Plastic Boxes

Silk screening is a wet printing method in which images are transferred by pressing ink through the image embedded into a screen. It’s a versatile method that works well on everything from plastic to glass, metal, wood and other materials. It can also be used on flat or cylindrical surfaces for a 360 degree effect.

Silk screening is ideal for large, bold images or when you wish to achieve a “wrap” effect. It’s also a good choice when you’re looking for multi colored images or printing on multiple sides.

Pad Printing On Plastic Boxes

Pad printing is a wet-ink process that can be used on irregularly shaped surfaces, for single color or multi-color process printing to match specific PMS colors.

One of the main advantages of pad printing on your plastic box is its ability to afford you a level of extremely fine detail.

Digital Imprinting

Our in-house design and engineering team will consult with you to determine the best method for your needs. Our plastic boxes can be custom imprinted with a choice of 50 standard foil colors, including metallic gold and silver, plus 14 standard ink colors. Contact us and let us know how we can uniquely and beautifully customize your plastic boxes.

Advantages Of Plastic Boxes For Storage, Shipping & Display

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For everyone from consumers to hospitals, retailers, automotive suppliers, food services and more, plastic packaging serves a variety of needs, offering convenience, durability and the ability to adapt to myriad shapes and sizes.

It may sometimes get a bad rap but plastic has some significant advantages over other types of packaging materials and often its bad reputation stems from myths and misinformation.

Here are some advantages of plastic boxes and a couple of specifics that demonstrate just how superior and versatile they can be.

Advantages Of Plastic Boxes For Storage, Shipping & DisplayPlastic Boxes Are Strong And Durable

When it comes to shipping and storage, especially of delicate or sensitive items, plastic boxes have few rivals. They’re tear resistant, mold and mildew proof, and made well. They can be manufactured in sizes that meet specific needs, or molded with foam inserts to perfectly enfold and protect the items inside.

Rigid plastic boxes are strong enough for stacking during storage or shipping without bending. As an added advantage, they can even be real space savers due to the simplicity and ease of stacking.

Plastic Boxes Can Be Reused And Recycled

It’s a common myth that plastic boxes add exponentially to landfills and environmental hazards. When it comes to plastic waste, energy usage and environmental costs, water and soda bottles are the biggest culprits, along with construction materials like flooring and siding.

Plastic boxes, on the other hand, do not only perform their function indefinitely (for instance, for food storage or collectible display) but they are often reused after they’ve served their initial intent, keeping them out of landfills entirely. And ours are made of 100% recyclable polystyrene so they can be disposed of safely when necessary.

Rigid Plastic Boxes Protect Valuable Items

Given their strength and durability, plastic boxes are already poised to be ideal for safeguarding items during shipping, storage and display. But with the foam inserts we mentioned earlier, they can be designed to contour perfectly to anything inside.

Flocked and thermoformed inserts can also be designed to securely hold a product, and as an added bonus, the box can be inverted and the insert can serve as a platform to display your product.

With the right insert, plastic boxes can be designed to meet highly specific or sensitive packaging needs.

Plastic Boxes Can Create A Unique Branding Opportunity

A number of commercial methods can be used to custom imprint your box, including hot stamping, pad printing, silk screening, and digital imprinting. Each has its advantages, whether you’re looking for a cost effective imprinting method or one that produces the finest of detail.

Your options for customizing boxes are limited only by your imagination. Imprint a logo, graphical image, text – whatever you need to personalize and customize any or all surfaces. Plastic boxes are adaptable to foil printing, textured etching, single or multicolored images.

Whether you’re looking for a box in a standard size and shape or something completely custom, contact us and let us know. We have in-house engineering and design staff that work with you to meet your needs.

Choosing Food Safe Plastic Boxes For Display & Shipping

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With a growing trend toward more health conscious consumers, plastics have come under fire for their role in contributing not only to environmental hazards but to health issues as well. Consumers have been advised to skip plastics entirely for fear of chemical contamination and switch to containers like glass instead.

Choosing Food Safe Plastic Boxes For Display & ShippingBut in the world of display, packaging and shipping, glass is entirely impractical – and unnecessary. It’s fragility alone makes it unrealistic to use glass containers and its weight makes it a luxury that most consumer goods retailers or gift suppliers can’t afford.

The benefits of using plastic containers for food display and shipping are myriad, from keeping shipping costs down, to minimizing damage and even being far more customizable in terms of shape, size and imprinting. Unlike glass, plastic food containers can be formed in tall or wide shapes, single-item containers or multi-item compartment boxes. They are also crystal-clear, providing the visual display that other accepted materials like ceramic or wood can’t.

And the good news is that plastic containers and boxes don’t have to compete with glass when it comes to food safety, because some plastics are just as safe and effective as their glass counterparts. Much of the time, the battle is in the education.

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Rigid Plastic Boxes Make Ideal Display Cases For Collectibles

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From dolls and toys to precious antiques, books, model aircraft and more, the art of collecting – and displaying those collectibles – is a trend among old and young alike, seasoned collectors and one-time admirers, the truly diehard and the casual flea market shopper.

Displaying a collectible comes with its own unique challenges and a quality, rigid plastic box can provide the ideal solution. These are a few reasons that plastic boxes make the perfect display case.

Rigid Plastic Boxes Make Ideal Display Cases For CollectiblesPlastic Boxes Make It Easy To Stage A Collectible

Staging can be a particular challenge for the newcomer to collecting. Too often, precious items get left on a mantle or ignored in a corner or worse – stuffed into a cardboard box in the closet or attic. But as any interior decorator will advise, staging is vital to enjoying your items and works of art.

Plastic boxes create the space to highlight items, also offering a platform for display. They can mitigate the effects of overcrowding by keeping items sufficiently separated and delineated. Plus, collectibles can be easily moved and enjoyed or tested in another display location without disturbing them.

They Allow Light To Filter In From All Directions

In any staged environment, lighting is important for an effective display. Buy sometimes it’s impossible to know what kind of lighting – or from which direction – will be most effective.

Clear plastic boxes provide the ideal staging medium because lighting can be angled from the top, bottom or back to create the ideal effect.

Plastic Boxes Keep Collectibles Clean

Dust is the enemy of every collector, turning items dingy and even making it difficult to clean delicate items that may easily be damaged. Plastic boxes seal collectibles against dust and keep them protected.

No more close encounters with a cleaning spray and dust cloth, no more worries that fabrics will turn grimy with soot – collectibles are safe and sound behind their plastic enclosure.

They Won’t Compete With The Display Item

With their crystal clear surfaces and 360-degree display capabilities, plastic boxes won’t draw attention to themselves as other display platforms might. They are there to protect and showcase, but not to become a visual distraction.

They can, in essence, become invisible, leaving only the collectible to delight the viewer.

Plastic Boxes Go Easily From Display To Storage

Interior designers advise displaying only one or a few precious items at a time. Especially for those with large collections, showcasing everything at once can be overbearing and even impractical or impossible when space is limited.

The conundrum arises in what to do with items that are not on display. Rigid plastic boxes provide an ideal solution. They are strong and durable and can easily be stacked safely in storage, which is great for protecting items and for managing collections when storage space is limited. When it’s time to swap out an item on display, the old item can be stacked and stored and the new item easily moved along with its enclosure into its new home in the spotlight.

If you’re interested in quality, rigid plastic boxes that are crystal clear and made for display, try our Omni Collection. If you have any questions or would like to inquire with a special order, contact us and let our in-house design and engineering team work to meet your needs.

You can also download our online catalog here.