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Top 10 Questions About Plastic Boxes

By August 31, 2016April 6th, 2022Q&A
plastic boxes questions and answers

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 [email protected].

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.