Packaging is a product we encounter in many aspects of everyday life. There are several basic functions every proper packaging needs to have, most notable of which are safety and protection of its content. The purpose of this paper is to examine various types of packaging used in home delivery of prepared food, outline their pros and cons and describe the types of materials used for its production. The ultimate goal of the research was to collect data in order to produce an own type of packaging that would be used to contain prepared food.
This paper is divided into two parts. The first part deals with the theoretical aspect and gives insight into some general facts about packaging and materials, emphasizing on packaging used in home delivery of prepared food. The second, experimental part provides the analysis of three types of existing packaging that are used to contain prepared food: plastic (polypropylene) packaging, expanded polystyrene packaging and tin (aluminum) packaging. An online survey was also conducted. The respondents were asked to answer which of the mentioned materials cause the least difficulties, which ones serve the functionality of the packaging the best and how important the appearance and lifespan of the packaging are to them. The results of the survey and the analysis of the existing packaging samples helped develop the design for the production of our own piece of packaging. Furthermore, the process of production, using 3D computer program Blender, is described. The new type of packaging is made from silicon and polypropylene. It is of simple shape, highly functional and easy to handle. The packaging is made of recyclable materials and is designed for multiple uses.