New Aluminum Bottles Banner

ElementalContainer-AluminumPackagingYouCanTrust-120X240-gif_256Check out one of the banners we created.

We’ll be coming out with some interesting new content for this new year – starting out with these little advertising banners.  This one was just launched and it directs to one of our pages on our website.

We have a lot more planned new content so keep coming back over the next few weeks.



Advertisements at the 2012 World Perfumery Congress

We’re exhibiting at the 2012 World Perfumery Congress to be held in Connecticut in June.

Aluminum bottles have long been recognized as superior packaging for preserving the volatile and expensive essences found in the most expensive perfumes.  We should know.  Our aluminum bottles are used to store those expensive essential oils used as primary ingredients by parfumeurs around the world.

With their inherent strength and ability to shield contents from light and oxidation, not to mention aluminum’s “greener” environmental profile, aluminum bottles are ideal for storing and transporting the essential oils and other precious essences that are used in some of the world’s leading perfume brands.

If you’re attending the show, visit us at Booth #331.

Aluminum Bottles vs. Steel Gallon Drums

I wanted to devote this post to our 1-gallon seamless aluminum bottle.

Industrial aluminum bottles get very little attention but they play a huge, unheralded role in the storage and transport of the materials that are at the heart of end products like perfumes, vitamins, etc.

The seamless aluminum bottle is an ideal alternative to the more widely used steel gallon drum. First of all, it is 3 times lighter than its steel counterpart so there is the immediate advantage of lower transport costs. The content weight to container weight ratios are better with aluminum bottles. It takes a lot less fuel to transport a gallon of essential oil in our seamless aluminum bottle compared to steel drums.

Handling of aluminum bottles is also easier for humans. Their lighter weight makes them easier to lift. Moreover, aluminum bottle geometries allow for much easier pouring of contents. Take a look at the flat and wide opening of the steel drum in the picture. You can empty the an aluminum bottle to the last drop more efficiently.

I’ll write a little more about the advantages of our seamless aluminum bottle in my next posts.

Aluminum Bottles for Hair Care

Niche, a Canadian manufacturer of premium hair care products, makes a compelling case for the use of aluminum bottles.

Here’s their justification for the use of aluminum bottles, straight out of their website:

Niche Aluminum Bottle

Niche Aluminum Bottle

” So, why aluminum? Aluminum can be recycled endlessly, whereas even recyclable plastic has a limit to how many times it can be recycled before it ends up in a landfill, ocean, park, or animal’s stomach.

Aluminum is valuable, and highly sought after by recyclers and therefore even if it is thrown on the street, it will not lay there for long before someone picks it up for the recycle value.

As a packaging material aluminum is excellent, since it does not rust like metal does, and is more sturdy than plastic.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

But what really got my attention – I was actually quite stunned – was Niche’s mention of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.   This is a floating garbage dump of plastic waste in the North Pacific Ocean that covers an area the size of the continental USA!  Pretty disgusting – and one of the most compelling arguments to quit plastic and go aluminum.

First Australian Aluminum Bottle

Ardagh Aluminum Bottle

Ardagh Aluminum Bottle

I would have thought the Aussies would be among the first to come out with an aluminum beer bottle.

But even the folks in tiny Faroe Islands beat them to it (see my previous post on this).  Apparently, the The Ardagh Group of Australia has launched its own line of aluminum bottles, which is a first in the Australian market.

Many countries already have aluminum bottles for the Ready-To-Drink (RTD) market which is proving to be an unexpectedly robust market niche, especially for outside events and functions where glass bottles are prohibited.

Now what could be better on a warm summer’s day in Sydney than a tall, cold Foster’s lager in an aluminum bottle?

One Liter Aluminum Beer Can

Tuborg Aluminum Bottle

Tuborg Aluminum Bottle

I don’t normally post about aluminum cans but I had to make an exception for this new 1 liter aluminum can of Carlsberg Tuborg Pilsener beer.

That’s a huge aluminum can, compared to what’s available here. This is a 2 piece can rather than a 3 piece tin cans. Technically, this is very interesting. Also, one of the reasons for the switch and for my post is the emphasis on the fact that aluminum is “100 percent and infinitely recyclable without loss of quality”.

Aluminum Advantages

Aluminum Advantages in Transportation

Aluminum Advantages in Transportation

There is a great article that I came across in the Aluminum in Transportation website that talks about the advantages of using aluminum in the transportation industry.

We’re aluminum packaging people but many of the advantages the article points out are as relevant to packaging as they are to transportation.  I wanted to focus on two points in the article:

  • Aluminum allows manufacturers to maintain or increase the size of their SUVs while reducing weight by up to 20 percent
  • Aluminum can compete successfully with less costly materials because of the advantages it brings in primary and secondary weight saving, structural performance and design flexibility

In my previous post, I pointed out aluminum’s weight advantages vs. glass and plastic from a simple layman’s perspective. From a manufacturer’s point of view, reducing weight by 20% makes aluminum a lot easier and cheaper to handle in both manufacturing and physical distribution. Its structural strength also makes possible lower breakage rates in handling across the supply chain. Many manufacturers sometimes overlook this weight advantage, focusing too much on the initial costs.

Manufacturers can potentially ship more products per pallet-load or container-load using aluminum packages instead of glass or steel. That makes for savings that could be significant.

Going back to my layman’s perspective, this weight advantage has practical value for the end user. I can lug a lot more beer, wine, whiskey in aluminum bottles when I go to my next picnic. And I don’t have to worry about breaking them.

I think I’ll do another experiment. I’m going to load up two coolers – one with aluminum bottles and another with glass bottles. Then I’ll compare the overall weight and number of bottles in each cooler. I suspect the cooler with aluminum bottles wins 🙂

Coca-Cola Aluminum Bottles

I saw a really neat display of various generations of Coca-Cola aluminum bottles – a family portrait, so to speak. 

Coca Cola Aluminum Bottles

Coca Cola Aluminum Bottles

This display was from a show in Atlanta that I attended.  I didn’t realize that Coca-Cola had so many designs for their aluminum bottle.  Of course some of these designs are limited production runs (which probably enhances their collectible value). 

The display did not have the Karl Lagerfeld Diet Coke aluminum bottles which were released just yesterday and which I wrote about in my last blog post.

Coca Cola Aluminum Bottles

Coca Cola Aluminum Bottles

There was also another display that showed how the aluminum bottles are made, starting from a disc cut from a huge aluminum coil and ending up with a fully decorated and lined bottle.

It’s a testament to the Coca-Cola company that they’ve been able to improve their products’ appeal and probably extend their lifecycles  with innovative aluminum packaging. 

I just wish these Coke aluminum bottles were more widely distributed 😦

Aluminum Bottles for DNA-Based Perfume

I’ve heard of personalized perfumes and personalized bottles but this product takes the cake.

The My DNA Fragrance company creates individual fragrances using your DNA genetic code! They are kept in light-tight aluminum bottles and they recommend that they store them in temperatures of about 37-47 degrees Fahrenheit. Here’s how the company describes the process:

“A DNA Swab Kit will be sent to you within 24-48 hours of confirmation of your order by USPS 1st class mail. for the collection of your sample. The swab collection process is painless and as simple as brushing your teeth. Follow the enclosed instructions and send your sample back directly to our laboratory to protect your privacy. Once your DNA sample is processed we will email you a copy of your DNA Genetic Code for your records and the perfumer will begin your formulation process.”

Now if you can have the aluminum bottle personalized, then you will have a truly one-of-a-kind perfume that absolutely no one can replicate. Unless you steal the DNA genetic code? Hmm . . .

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