How Does Shatter-Resistant Packaging Work?

You want to keep employees safe on the packaging line, as well as make sure pieces of packaging don’t fall into the product for consumer safety. Here are answers to six burning questions about packaging’s breakability.

Jack Shaw, Senior Writer and Editor

January 9, 2024

6 Slides

Shatter resistance is one of the most desirable traits of reliable packaging. Manufacturing plants rely on breakage-resistant packaging to prevent injuries, while consumers also benefit from packaging solutions that bounce instead of shattering when dropped. It ensures plastic or shards of glass do not get into the products, allowing them to stay safe for consumption.

In a perfect world, all packaging resists shattering. In reality, some popular materials can be brittle. Which ones are somewhat immune to breakage? Is there a difference between shatter-resistant and shatterproof materials? Discover how specific plastics and glasses preserve their unbroken condition under stress.

Start the slideshow to get answers to:

1. What is plastic ductility?

2. What is the ductile-to-brittle transition?

3. Which packaging plastics are the most shatter-resistant?

4. Why is glass prone to breakage?

5. How does shatterproof glass work?

6. Will there ever be 100% shatter-resistant packaging?

About the Author(s)

Jack Shaw

Senior Writer and Editor, Modded

Jack Shaw is a Senior Writer and Editor at Modded. He’s from New York, NY, and has more than six years of experience writing for the men’s lifestyle niche. When not writing, Shaw can be found playing with his pets, cooking, training, or out exploring.

Shaw has covered everything from cars to sports to men’s health. You might even call him a Jack-of-all-trades. His writings have been featured in OffRoad XtremeSportsEd TVBarBend, and more.

Reach him at [email protected], on LinkedIn, or via his digital portfolio at

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