Types of boxes: Banco de Alimentos

In this post I would integrate knowledge (research) and personal experience (practice). First of all, I interested in identify the different types of boxes available in the market from the lecture of Handbook of package engineering third edition. In the second place, I expose a practice case based on the “Gran colecta” of the Banco de Alimentos de Valencia. Finally, I will introduce some reflexions about packaging in a globalised world.

From the Handbook of package engineering third edition it is possible identify the following types of boxes, among others:

  1. Paper and Paperboard,
  2. Films and Foils,
  3. Coating and Lamination of Flexible Materials,
  4. Bags, Sacks and Pouches,
  5. Folding Cartons and Set-Up Boxes,
  6. Fibre Tubes, Cans and Drums,
  7. Plastics,
  8. Glassware,
  9. Metal Containers,
  10. Pressurized Packaging,
  11. Labeling and Decorating,
  12. Corrugated Fibreboard,
  13. Wood Containers, and
  14. Cushioning.

Types of boxes

Image 1. Types of boxes. Source: Own elaboration from Hanlon et al. (1998).

“La Gran Colecta” del Banco de Alimentos manage directly on the supermarket the food provided by people and institutions with corrugated fiberboard boxes. I collaborate in this experience three times and was a great opportunity for collaborate and manage directly the inventory. On the video 1, minutes 0:11-0:31, it is possible identify different types of boxes like: Paper and Paperboard (1), Plastics (7), Labeling and Decorating (11) and Corrugated Fibreboard (12). In 2015 with “La Gran Colecta” were collected 22 million kilos. See Image 2.

Banco de Alimentos Valencia

Video 1. Types of boxes inside Banco de Alimentos de Valencia. Banco de Alimentos de Valencia. <http://www.bancodealimentosdevalencia.org/> [Accessed: 04/04/2016].


Image 2. Banco de Alimentos distribution. Source: Reproduced from El Economista. <http://www.eleconomista.es/generales/noticias/5860284/06/14/Video-Como-se-reparten-50-toneladas-de-comida-al-dia-Asi-funciona-el-Banco-de-Alimentos-de-Madrid.html>. [Accessed: 04/04/2016].

How can I collaborate in this experience?

-With the university volunteering at the UPV: http://voluntariado.webs.upv.es/booking/

-Contact directly with Banco de Alimentos: http://www.bancodealimentosdevalencia.org

In a globalized world the sustainability is a key element for determining the respect to the environment and ensuring a high quality in the delivery process. The World Packaging Organization (www.worldpackaging.org) has the following mission: “Better Quality of Life, Through Better Packaging, For More People”, this mission enhance the value of a better packaging reducing spoilage and promoting an equal distribution with respect to the environment.

Recommended Bibliography:

Joseph F. Hanlon, Robert J. Kelsey, and Hallie Forcinio. (1998). Handbook of Package Engineering, Third Edition (Vols. 1–0, pp. i–xvii). CRC Press. Retrieved from http://www.crcnetbase.com/doi/abs/10.1201/b18045-1

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