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Selecting the Right Bottle Color

The color of a bottle plays a major role in the presentation and protection of your products. It can be the source of much confusion too. Customers often start placing orders with us and we end up explaining why their products would make more sense in a different color.

We thought it would be helpful to offer a quick primer on the bottle colors offered by Silver Spur and where each of them shines.

Bottle Colors 101

Flint

Perfect for showcasing what’s in the bottle. Use Flint glass when UV rays aren’t a concern because it doesn’t offer light protection. Commonly used for food, beverages, liquor & more.


Amber

Ideal for products that require maximum UV protection or where minimal product visibility is desired. Amber bottles bring a pharmaceutical-grade feel to a product that radiates credibility.


Cobalt Blue

Offers significant protection from UV rays, although less than amber. Cobalt blue brings high product visibility and a natural/earthy feel to products. A favorite for many nutraceuticals.


Green

Provides a unique aesthetic for product differentiation. Green glass offers minimal UV protection, but more than flint. Often used for wine bottles and droppers.


There is a color, shape, and proper closure for all bottled products that can help your merchandise stand out from the crowd. Not sure which color makes the most sense for your product?  Feel free to contact us any time and we’ll be happy to help.

We know bottles like the back of our hand and actually enjoy talking about this stuff. Seriously!

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Are Glass Bottles or Plastic Bottles Better?

colored variety of glass bottles and plastic bottles

There are plenty of options available when shopping for bottles but should you get glass or plastic bottles? It can be difficult to determine which type is better to buy. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of each.

Benefits of Glass Bottles

One of the benefits of glass bottles is that they are 100% recyclable. They can be recycled numerous times without lowering the quality. In fact, 80% of glass containers get turned into new products. As a result, fewer emissions get produced and released into the air. The recycling process is fairly quick, with bottles going back onto shelves in about 30 days. These bottles are a preferred choice among people who are environmentally conscious.

Another reason to prefer glass bottles are that they protect the integrity of the contents inside them. Glass is useful for having an extremely low rate of chemical interactions. Food and beverages are less likely to lose their flavor. Silver Spur offers a wide range of glass bottles, including amber glass droppers. Amber glass often is used to protect oils, medicines, and other pharmaceutical products. Glass bottles that have a powder coating will prevent long-wavelength rays from damaging the products inside.

Overall, glass bottles tend to have higher durability. While they can break if dropped, they can last a lot longer. A person can use one of these bottles multiple times without the quality of the bottle decreasing. Glass bottles are less likely to get holes from daily use. Some types of glass bottles have additional strength. Thicker glass can improve a container’s durability. Powder-coated glass bottles have a higher resistance to chipping and scratching. The strength of glass bottles can help save money by not having to buy new bottles often.

Benefits of Plastic Bottles

One reason to choose plastic bottles is that they can easily be fashioned into different shapes, sizes and colors. One high-quality material is polyethylene terephthalate (PET). PET plastic gets used for shampoo bottles, salad dressings, and drink bottles. This type of plastic can be readily colored to signify its use. Handles and important markings can be added to the bottles. Plastic bottles will not only improve in their appearance, but they can become more efficient to use.

Plastic bottles can withstand extremely high and low temperatures. The type of material can impact the temperature range of the bottle. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) will have a much higher resistance to hot and cold conditions. HDPE plastic bottles can tolerate temperatures between –220 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit for a short period of time. They can be in conditions as low as –100 degrees Fahrenheit for a longer duration. PET plastic can also endure hot and freezing temperatures, but it has a smaller range than HDPE. If a food or drink needs to be stored in the freezer, then plastic bottles are the preferred choice.

Just like their glass counterparts, plastic bottles are recyclable. Different materials can be turned into other products like carpet fibers and strapping materials. One of the advantages of recycling plastic bottles is their low weight. As a result, the cost of transporting them to a recycling center is cheaper than with other types of bottles. Almost all plastic containers are recyclable, and each bottle gets categorized into different numbers. PET bottles are labeled as number 1 plastics, and HDPE is listed as number 2.

Glass and plastic bottles each come with their own merits. Silver Spur offers a wide selection of both types of bottles to meet your needs. To learn more, contact us today.

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Top 5 Uses for Glass Packers

glass packers in cobalt and amber - Silver Spur Corp.

Have you ever wondered why most households prefer using glass packers as opposed to plastics or any other materials? Glass bottles have been available for ages. To date, glass packers are still a favorite among most households across the world.

Glass offers excellent strength, weight and compatibility for materials that cannot use plastic containers.  Glass packers are also preferred in many households since they are easier to clean. This is because they are unlikely to develop scratches that may harbor residue or bad odor.

Notably, glass bottles retain the taste of liquid placed on them without altering the original flavor. Glass is safer for use at home since it doesn’t have harmful chemicals that may pose a health threat to users. It is easier to identify whether glass is clean or not compared to other packing materials made of metal or plastics. Comparatively, glass packers can be reused for a more extended period of time without worrying about additional wear and tear.

Best of all, glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. Most glass containers can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days. It’s estimated that almost 80% of recovered glass containers are made into new glass bottles.

This article stipulates a myriad of uses that glass packers can serve.

1. Administration of drugs

Are you running a clinic or have a small baby at home? A packer bottle style has a wide mouth for easy access, making it a good choice for packaging dry products such as tablets, capsules and powders.

The amber-colored glass shelters photosensitive compounds from light damage. This makes them the perfect choice for storing and dispensing medications, vitamins, flavorings and more.

2. Storage of laboratory chemicals

Typically, glass packers are the real deal in the storage of bases and acids. Ideally, ordinary glass is incapable of reacting chemically with various substances, including acids. In essence, glass cannot contaminate chemicals.

This is why glass packers are better at storing chemical substances in factories, laboratories, schools, and other entities that use chemicals for various reasons.

3. Used for preservation

Glass packers are also preferred in the preservation of food and beverages for a more extended period. Glass is not reactive to most substances hence ideal for use in the storage and long-term preservation of things such as syrup, pickles, jams, jellies, fruit and more.

4.  Used in sampling

Wide mouth bottles are used for sampling. Since it takes time to analyze soil samples, the glass packers are critical in the storage of sampled soil samples for future analysis.

5. Storage of food and beverages

Glass packers are effective in the storage of beverage and other food substances. Glass offers exceptional appeal when displayed on the shelves. In essence, It is easier to show off a product via glass bottles than plastics.

Additionally, products packaged in glass bottles never lose their taste. This means glass never affect product flavor or freshness in any way.

Health and safety standards

Glass bottles are the safest in storage since they are never affected by prevailing temperature changes. Unlike plastics that can melt and affect the quality of food substances, glass can maintain product quality on the shelf for the longest time possible.  In other words, packaging products in glass bottles ensure the products packed remain fresh without the worry of getting stale.

The use of glass packers in packaging is an essential element in ensuring high health standards are maintained. If you are looking for durable and quality bottles, contact us or request a sample to try out our glass packers. Let us help you find the right packaging solution today.

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Ten Facts About Dropper Cap Assemblies To Sharpen Your Knowledge

dropper caps for wholesale glass dropper bottles

When you or your business is in need of wholesale glass dropper bottles, you probably don’t put much thought into the most important part of many products: the dropper cap assembly.

If you have ever used essential oils, CBD oil, or liquid medication, you’ll know that without the glass dropper, the liquid would not go to its intended place but would instead cause a mess. Valuable products would also be wasted due to the difficulty in pouring just the right amount from the bottle. Glass droppers help customers and those dispensing products to avoid the loss of valuable inventory.

What Are Dropper Cap Assemblies?

Dropper caps are made of three main parts: the rubber bulb, the plastic cap, and the glass pipette. Together, they form the cap of a glass bottle that’s meant to hold liquid. The rubber bulb is the “squeezable” part of the lid, the cap is simply the part that screws onto the bottle itself, and the pipette is simply the glass tube that is connected to the bottom of the cap and extends into the glass bottle. This assembly allows the user to safely remove liquid from the bottle and/or use just as much as is needed, one drop at a time.

The Physics of Dropper Caps

Dropper cap assemblies use the laws of physics to pull liquid from a glass bottle and into the glass tube. First, the user squeezes the rubber bulb on the lid. This forces out the air in the pipette and creates a vacuum. Then the pipette is inserted into the liquid and pressure is released from the cap. The vacuum needs to be filled, so the oil, medication, or other liquid has no choice but to go into the pipette.

The liquid then stays in the pipette until use. Anyone using a dropper cap assembly can then control the amount of product they squeeze out, thanks to the small hole at the end of the pipette. Once done, the extra liquid still in the pipette can simply be squeezed back into the bottle.

Types of Dropper Cap Assemblies

Regular dropper cap assemblies are simply that: a cap, a rubber bulb, and a pipette which may or may not be calibrated.

Another common type of dropper cap assembly is the “Euro” style. This style includes a dripper insert and is useful for bottles meant to hold fragrances, herbal extracts, and oils. It’s used for when precise measurements aren’t needed. The cap comes with the dripper already inside it and can be used by turning the bottle upside down and dripping a liquid one drop at a time.

Tamper-evident dropper caps have a ring that’s broken when the lid is unscrewed, and this allows you to easily see if a bottle has been opened before.

At last, CRC dropper caps are designed to be child-resistant.

Pipettes, and What They Do

The pipette is perhaps the most important part of a dropper cap assembly. They can be made of glass or even plastic, and they’re meant to draw liquid from a glass bottle and then dispense it. The great thing about pipettes is that they let you to dispense a liquid without spilling any extra drops or wasting any product.

To Contain, or To Dispense?

Pipettes are useful in a wide range of industries. Pipettes have two basic purposes. TC (To Contain) means a pipette is meant to hold a precise volume while TD (To Dispense) means that pipette has a design meant to squeeze out a very specific amount of liquid.  This is very useful for, say, dosing.

The Different Pipette Types

The regular type of pipette, or dropper cap, is simply meant to capture and dispense liquid. Etched pipettes have measurements on the pipette itself (typically in ml) and are meant for more specific jobs.

Uses Dropper Cap Assemblies

Dropper caps are useful for everything from pharmaceuticals to fragrances. CBD oil is dispensed using dropper caps and herbal remedies also make use of these products. Laboratories and schools can also find dropper caps with calibrated pipettes to be useful for their studies.

Different Styles and Colors

Since different colors of glass bottles exist, so do different colors and styles of dropper caps and pipettes. Amber pipettes can be ordered to match amber glass bottles, and caps with green pipettes can be ordered to match bottles of the same color. The most common type is flint, or clear, pipettes.

Dropper caps can also come in different colors (usually black or white) and as the regular Boston round cap or the Euro cap.

Different Bottles, Different Pipette Sizes

Pipettes also come in different sizes, ranging from 48mm to 100mm. You don’t want to have a pipette be so long that it touches the bottom of a glass jar, since glass is such a fragile material that easily breaks. It’s also a bad idea to have one be so short that it cannot reach the liquid on the bottom of a bottle.

Handy tables that are included on our product pages will help you find the right size.

Different Cap Materials

Plastics are most commonly used for dropper cap assemblies. Polypropylene and polyethylene are two common materials used to make up the caps, with Euro caps usually made of polypropylene. These materials don’t react with water, don’t easily crack and are durable, which help to prevent damage and leaks.

Offering Customers the Best

Dropper cap assemblies offer more options than it seems at first, and you can find the right type to suit your customers’ needs.

We offer dropper caps in several types that will meet your packaging and product needs. If you’re looking to keep your products safe and make them easy for your customers to use, contact us and we’ll help you find the right solution today.

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The NEW Supply Chain Paradox

freight truck delivering quality Silver Spur products

We have seen the biggest disruption in global supply chains in the past 18 months, affecting various sectors of our economy. First, it was the imposition of tariffs, duties and punitive anti-dumping regulations having geo-political implications that were man-made. At Silver Spur, we were proactive, and made significant efforts in diversifying our sourcing. It was a historic pivot after 40 years of perfecting product development, manufacturing and logistics with a handful of producers. By late 2019, and after a year-long effort, we had successfully repaired our supply chain to adapt to changing geo-political realities. We now have replaced and built redundancies for our entire product line, that will not be subject to or exposed to tariff, duty or any other man-made event.

Just as we celebrated our success and then BAM! we faced a pandemic unlike anything our generation has ever experienced. Not only will it have a lasting impact in our personal lives, there are many businesses which will be permanently impacted, some will thrive because of it, but many will struggle in recovery.

Fortunately for Silver Spur, the effects have been minimal as we built redundancies in advance of these events. As if by foresight and careful planning, we now have both legacy and new sources of production. The pandemic did impact our newly acquired production facilities, transportation and shipping line partners, and even port closures, which was unthinkable a few months ago. We encountered unexpected scenarios – several furnaces were shut down by local authorities as they were deemed ‘non-essential’, and one country invoked national security for limiting exports. As we have learned the hard way, managing supply chains from various facilities under changing conditions is only navigable by the most experienced and resourceful teams today. And I might add, best prepared, even if only accidentally!

In the last three months, Silver Spur’s sourcing team has done a yeoman’s job in being agile, disciplined and responsive in moving production, logistics and flexing the entire supply chain to meet growing demand for critical items we are best known for, without missing a beat. As a result, we celebrated the highest shipping volume month in our company’s history, this April.

Thank you to our clients for working with us, as we have moved rapidly to fill every order. We have beefed up our stock levels in response. Even as our customer-facing staff have had to work remotely, they have been exceedingly productive and responsive to the heightened demand.

To our loyal customers, thank you for your continued patronage and we want to convey our deep appreciation for your patience as we ramp up production for a large variety of products from our newly diversified supply facilities which will include tariff-free products, and of the quality you have come to expect from us – both in glass and plastic.

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5 Things To Consider When Buying Wholesale Glass Dropper Bottles

blue glass dropper bottles from Silver Spur Corp.

Glass dropper bottles represent an incredible value. Glass containers come with a surprising variety of customization options, are easily transportable in bulk, and can be very cost-efficient. Let’s dive deeper though; here are 5 things to consider when purchasing glass dropper bottles, and 5 compelling reasons to use glass droppers.

They come in a wide range of sizes

Glass dropper bottles can be tiny, or they can be relatively large. Silver Spur’s glass dropper bottles come in sizes that range from 5ml all the way up to 100 ml, with numerous, incremental sizes in between. Whether you are looking to bottle a small, medicinal product or essential oil to be applied on a drop-by-drop basis, or a larger-quantity medication, there is a bottle size made to fit your needs.

They are a safe storage method

Glass dropper bottles allow you to store all kinds of mixtures, medicines, and chemicals. Glass dropper bottles are primarily used to store and transport items like eye drops, liquid medications, CBD products, essential oils, ear care medications, hair care products, and other hygiene products such as soap or shampoo. Clever up-cyclers all over the world have also found ways to repurpose these versatile, safe bottles to hold just about anything. What makes them so useful though?

Due to the manufacturing processes used to make glass, dropper bottles are inert. That means that the few added materials used in their manufacture will not seep into the bottle’s contents and contaminate them. They are incredibly easy to transport and store, and are a naturally reusable resource that can either be repurposed or recycled regardless of what they contained inside.

They come in a variety of colors

The color of your glass dropper bottle matters. Although color can be used to make a product more attractive, lending increased branding utility to your droppers, color isn’t just for show. Colored bottles, especially amber bottles, help prevent chemical changes from occurring with the bottle by blocking harmful UV light from interacting with the liquid inside.

Silver Spur offers a range of colored bottle options including flint, green, blue, and amber that are ideal for both marketing purposes and to protect the integrity of the contents within.

You have a choice between dropper inserts

Dropper inserts are attachments that are used for administering the contents of the bottle in single-drop increments. Typically, dropper inserts are used with eye drops, ear drops, or hair care products.

There are two types of dropper inserts available: vertical or horizontal. Both give users exceptional control when dispensing the bottle’s contents, with the horizontal dropper insert giving the user a slight advantage, especially when self-administering solutions like eye drops.

There are a wide range of bottle closures available

If you don’t require a dropper insert, there are numerous types of bottle closures available to prevent the contents of the bottle from spilling during transport. They come in two different classifications: dispensing vs non-dispensing.

Dispensing closures feature a pipette that extends down into the bottle. One common type of dispensing closure is the bulb syringe that’s commonly paired with a dropper bottle. Non-dispensing closures do not have a pipette, but otherwise can be very similar. Both types usually come with a child-proof or tamper-resistant mechanism.

The advantage of wholesale

Glass dropper bottles are versatile and convenient. They come with a surprising amount of customization options, and can be employed for a near-infinite number of purposes. The biggest advantage to using glass dropper bottles is that their value increases as you buy them wholesale, without the typical worry of environmental impact. Silver Spur Corporation is your authority on glass dropper bottles. Please check out our product pages for our full line of bottles and packaging products.

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The Anatomy of Great Plastic Wide Mouth Bottles

variety of plastic wide mouth bottles

Plastic Wide Mouth Bottles

Bottles come in all forms and sizes. That is why it’s vital to understand their anatomy to enable you to choose the most suitable one for your packaging needs. The mouth of a bottle can be sealed using an exterior bottle cap, an inner seal, internal stopper or closure. The type of product you deal with determines the kind of bottle you should use. Plastic bottles are best suited for keeping liquids like medicine, vitamins, oils, soft drinks, and water. They are popular because they are great moisture barriers and highly resistant to breakage from impact, whether during production or transportation. Also, they are affordable.

Plastic wide mouth bottles are available in various types and sizes. Amber Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) plastic wide mouth round packer is best suited for storing pills, vet, and pharmaceutical products. This bottle allows you to see the contents inside and can be used with a variety of closures. The sizes range from 75cc to 750cc. The clear PET plastic wide mouth round bottle is available in a variety of sizes from 75cc to 960 ml. It is lightweight, resistant to impact, and offers easy access to the contents inside. These bottles are used in the laboratory. The white HDPE plastic wide mouth round bottle is opaque white in color, recyclable and perfect for bulk packaging. Its size ranges from 75cc to 750cc. The bottles are normally used for label application and silkscreen decoration.

Let’s look at the architecture of plastic wide-mouth bottles.

Plastic Wide-Mouth Bottles – 10 Parts to Know

1. Finish

This is the part above the neck, reaching up to the opening of a bottle. The finish is usually shaped in line with the type of closure used on the bottle. According to history, creating this part was the last step that craftsmen took when making containers, and hence the name.

2. Sealing surface/land

The sealing surface or land is the flat circular part of the finish that comes in direct contact with any closure used to seal the bottle. The land is usually flat to prevent contents from leaking from the container.

 3. Thread

This is the section of the finish that has a spiral shape. It is where the closure is twisted to seal the container. The size of the bottle neck determines the thread – standards range from between 5 threads per inch to 12 threads per inch. A well engineered thread will protect the bottle contents by keeping them fresh and free from being tampered with which can lead to product damage.

4. Transfer bead

Also known as the neck ring, this is the horizontal ridge found at the bottom of the finish section. This collar of plastic is used during the molding process and can be used to provide tamper evidence for your package.

5. Neck

The neck area is found below the finish. This is the section where the narrow part of the bottle gets smaller and joins the finish.

6. Shoulder

This section is where the base of the neck joins with the body. It is the widest part of the container. The shoulder’s slope can tell you how fast a product can spill out when you turn the container upside down.

7. Label

The label is the flat area below the shoulder and just before the bottom of a bottle. This is the section where labels or print decorations are placed.

8. Body

The body, also known as the sidewall, refers to the central part of the container. The body of most vessels usually is vertical. However, there can be exceptions.

9. Bottom

This is the foundation of a container. As the name suggests, it is found on the lower section of a bottle and falls right under the body. The bottom is divided into sections like the base, push-up, and heel. The heel refers to the section where the sidewall starts curving to form the base, which is the bottom part of the container. The push-up is part of the base and is the section that provides a plastic wide-mouth bottle with stability, and includes room for marking the base with details like registration numbers, and any labeling.

10. Parting line

This is a vertical line from the base to the finish. It’s where the two halves of the container meet during molding to form a full bottle.

Silver Spur Corporation can provide you with a variety of different types and sizes of plastic wide-mouth bottles in line with the product you want to package. Get in touch with us, and we’ll ensure you get the best plastic bottle for your packaging needs.

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The Perfect Cap or Closure For Your Product

glass and plastic bottle closures and caps

The packaging and presentation of a product are often just as important as the contents of the product. The design of the bottle and cap or closure used for the product will determine not only the use of the product but its safety for consumers and their families. The wrong selection for your product’s cap can make your product difficult to use or unsafe and deter customers from making recurring purchases. It is important go over your options and make certain considerations when finding the perfect cap or closure for your company’s product.  When choosing a cap or closure for your product you must think not only about your actual product but also the jar used and intended use for your customers and tendencies of your customers. At Silver Spur Corporations we provide a variety of caps and finishes for your needs.

Your Bottle’s Intended Use

What is your product going to be used for and what is the consistency of your product? For liquid products consider the use of our Euro Round Dropper Caps with a pipette to avoid wastage and spills. A pipette is a small plastic or glass tube used to measure and transfer liquids.  For thicker consistencies consider a screw-on cap. Also, consider whether the consumers purchasing your product will need to measure volume to gauge proper dosing and usage where a marked dropper cap will be an appropriate and necessary choice.

Consider Your Customers

While it is impossible to take into account all of the possible types of consumers that will be using your product it is a good idea to consider your main market and most common consumer. For example, if your customers tend to be older it would be wise to avoid child-resistant caps and focus on caps with ribbed closures such as our Boston Round PPC Cap available in a variety of sizes to assist with grip and opening of your product.

Associated Risks & Safety

Think about the hazards and risks associated with your product. If your product presents a high risk of harming children and has a high probability of being used in households of families it would be beneficial to research and implement child-resistant caps for the safety of your customers and to limit possible liability towards your company in the case of misuse.  It is also crucial to consider maintaining the integrity of your product and providing a cap for your product that is safe and practical.

Overall Product Appeal

Consider the overall look and appeal of your product as a whole and take into account the jars being used. If you are going for a higher-end look for your product and appealing to the higher end consumers consider using a premium glass jar lid to elevate your product’s appearance.

How Silver Spur Can Help Your Company

At Silver Spur Corporation we have decades of knowledge and experience providing quality bottles and caps to our customers. With our state of the art manufacturing facilities, we can help you pair your bottles and quality product with the perfect cap or closure. We stock a variety of wholesale glass and plastic bottle caps and closures in different styles and colors in our 100,000 square foot warehouse; including wide mouth packer caps in polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE), and Boston round and Euro dropper caps in polypropylene. We also offer clear and/or calibrated pipettes, child-resistant options, and tamper-resistant closures.

Contact Us at Silver Spur Corporation for your bottle cap and closure needs for your plastic and glass bottles. From our most popular cap options of the Boston Round Polypropylene Cap (PPC) to our Euro Round Regular Dropper Caps with and without pipettes;  we offer the top of the line cap to help your company get a safe and high-quality product into the hands of your consumers.

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The Benefits of Powder Coating Glass Bottles

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The application of powder coats to glass bottles is an important element for many companies in the design, manufacturing, and retailing phases of their products. Powder coating offers several significant financial, environmental, and even visual advantages over other bottle treatment methods.

The following will discuss some of the key benefits of powder coating glass bottles, as well as common use cases across a wide range of industries.

How Modern Powder Coating Began

The first iteration of powder coating as we know it today originated in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Previously, the only way to apply organic polymers to a material’s surface was to spray coat them on, a process which was limited as to its efficiency and effectiveness.

However, in the early 1950’s a German scientist named Erwin Gemmer developed a method of applying thermostatic resins to a substrate by means of a fluid-bed application. Then in the 1960’s, the development of electrostatic application made it much easier to spray on even coats of powder across the surface of a workpiece. To this day, most manufacturers still use this simple and efficient electrostatic powder coating process to treat their products.

Benefits of Powder Coating Glass Bottles

What are some of the advantages that powder coating can offer to companies that deal in glass bottles? Here are just a few:

Enhanced protection against UV rays. Ultraviolet radiation can be harmful both to humans, and to many consumable products. While untreated glass typically blocks UV rays with short wavelengths (known as UVB), it does not offer much protection against long wavelength rays (UVA). However, the application of powder coating can block potentially damaging UVA radiation from reaching the product contained within the bottle.

Increased durability. Powder coated surfaces tend to be highly resistant to scratching, peeling, chipping, and other effects of normal wear and tear.

Improved eco-friendliness. Other spray-on processes that involve solvent-based wet paint often release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere. These VOCs can damage the environment by contributing to ozone pollution and can also pose a health risk to humans exposed to them for a significant period of time. In contrast, powder coating releases very few, if any VOCs into the environment, making it the preferred choice for environmentally conscious businesses.

Wider branding capabilities. Since powder coating is such a versatile technique, companies that want to differentiate their products in a crowded market can utilize this process to create glass bottles that have a very distinctive look and feel. In addition, powder coated bottles can retain their color and texture for a long time, adding to a high quality experience for the end consumer.

Industries that Benefit from Powder Coating

There are several industries that frequently utilize powder coating methods to treat their glass bottles, including:

Food & Beverage

Exposure to UV radiation can, over time, change the taste and flavor of a premium wine, liquor and food. Wine-makers and other companies in the food and beverage industry often use powder coating to protect their products and give them a longer shelf life.

Cosmetics & Fragrances

Many companies in the health and beauty sector use powder coating techniques to protect body oils, colognes, and other items from UV damage. Powder coating can also make these products stand out from the crowd by customizing bottles with a unique style and design.

Nutraceuticals

From omega-3 fish oils to herbal remedies, many brands that specialize in natural supplements also use powder coating to treat their glass bottles, ensuring a long shelf life and increased product safety.

Without a doubt, powder coating is an integral manufacturing component for many businesses that package their goods in glass bottles. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of powder coating, reach out to our friendly team of experts at the Silver Spur Corporation today.

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Why HDPE & PET Plastic Bottles Are So Ideal

Thousands of plastic bottles pass through consumers’ hands each day, but rarely does anyone give a second thought to the container. It’s just something to hold a product in, until it fails. Maybe the lid doesn’t stay on or the bottle cracks. All of a sudden, there’s a problem and the reality hits. Quality storage containers make a difference. 

Safety

Bottles made from poor quality plastics are not durable or safe. Medicines improperly stored are a danger to children and pets. Faulty child-proof caps can allow children to access medications, causing overdoses. Each year, more than 34,000 children are sent to the emergency room after ingesting medication. Over 9,000 of them are hospitalized. 

Some plastics are unsafe and cause toxins to leach into the product. Foods and liquids stored improperly can absorb the toxins, especially when heated or stored over a long period of time. The importance of using the right plastic cannot be underestimated. 

PET Plastic Containers

Polyethylene terephthalate, more commonly known as PET or PETE plastic or polyester. This plastic is clear and strong but lightweight. It’s commonly used for drink bottles, salad dressings, shampoos, peanut butter, cooking oils, and food storage. Thirty years of testing has proven this plastic to be safe for contact with food, drinks, and pharmaceuticals. Because it is resistant to micro-organisms and will not react to foods or biodegrade, and is easily recyclable, PET is one of the most popular plastics to use. The FDA and other world-wide health organizations recognize PET’s safety. It does not contain bisphenol-A (BPA) or phthalate.

PET bottles can be easily decorated and molded into a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Their high clarity allows for good product visibility and they are easily colored to complement a brand and label. When you’re looking for protection of products such as pharmaceuticals or nutraceuticals, amber colored bottles offer high resistance to UV rays.

HDPE Plastic Containers

High-density polyethylene, or HDPE, is widely used in both rigid and flexible products. Its versatility allows it to be used for everything from hard hats to storage containers to bags. Lightweight yet strong and impact-resistant, this plastic has replaced many metals and wood for playground equipment, decks, and car parts, yet remains highly recyclable. It is FDA-approved and safe for food, liquids, and pharmaceuticals, and does not contain BPA or phthalate.

An important property of HDPE plastic is the ability to withstand cold temperatures. HDPE plastic can endure long-term temperatures of up to -100 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows products such as food and beverages to be frozen for later use. It also has the ability to withstand temperatures between 212 and -220 degrees Fahrenheit for short periods of time, making it sometimes suitable for autoclave sterilization.

What’s The Difference? 

PET plastic is clear and glass-like while HDPE plastic is more opaque and flexible. Both are safe and are great options for consumables. 

Why Use Plastic? 

Plastic is durable and lightweight, making it ideal for storage and more economical for transporting. Drug interactions and leaching can be an issue with certain medications and supplements, but both PET and HDPE plastics are safe and are commonly used. The white bottles give further protection by blocking light. 

Silver Spur Bottles & Closures

Silver Spur was founded in California in 1978 and quickly became well-known for their glass amber bottles. The business grew and now carries a large variety of glass and plastic bottles. Along with the amber, they also offer cobalt blue, flint, green, clear, and bottles.

The PET and HDPE plastic, wide-mouthed bottles can be ordered in white or clear and come in a variety of sizes. The PET plastic also comes in amber. These round bottles are perfect for pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals and are ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 certified.

Quality caps are also important to mention. Safety is a top concern and the integrity of the product and safety of the consumer is vital. A nice selection of plastic fine rib closures are available as heat sealed or pressure sealed. Also in stock are plastic child-proof caps that come in a variety of convenient sizes.

Quality Service

With years of experience, a large selection of products, and a commitment to great customer service, Silver Spur Corporation will be able to assist with any packaging need. Please contact us with any questions about our available products and how we can best serve you.