Concentrate Packaging: Shatter Primary Packaging 101
With shatter growing in popularity thanks to great dispensary deals and a low cost to manufacture, it is essential you know what type of packaging fits your brand and your needs.
Quick aside – what is primary packaging? Primary packaging is the layer of packaging that physically touches your product. In the case of shatter, the primary layer is the barrier to the marketing layer, which is typically a barrier bag or paper shatter envelope.
The three most common mediums of shatter primary packaging are Parchment Paper, PTFE, and FEP. All three are usually cut into 3”x3” or 4”x4” squares, but larger applications are available.
Parchment Paper: When we say parchment paper, we mean silicone-lined parchment paper. This is the most cost-effective option and still provides the benefits of non-stick with the silicone lining, and is heat resistant in non-direct heating applications. Parchment paper is the same material you buy in rolls for baking at the grocery store.
PTFE: Polytetrafluoroethylene, or primarily known as Teflon™, was a material developed by DuPont in 1938 and is used mainly in corrosion-resistance applications. PTFE is a unique material in that it is nearly 100% inert (nothing sticks to it) and UV resistant. PTFE is also much more heat resistant than parchment paper, with a melting point of 600⁰ F/327⁰ C, and can be dabbed off of directly. WraPure PTFE become a top seller for DIZPOT with the many advantages it holds over parchment paper.
NOTE: PTFE is also sold as our primary lid liner for jars where the advantages are more stark. A standard foam liner does not offer any of the advantages of PTFE. With the volatility of concentrates, foam liners can actually damage your product and suck terpenes out of the concentrate.
FEP: Fluorinated ethylene propylene is a derivative of PTFE with a couple of *clear* advantages: it is more formable than PTFE and, therefore easier to produce and work with, and is crystal clear versus PTFE, which is either white or tan. FEP otherwise has the same properties and advantages as PTFE, but in states like AZ where there is not currently an opacity requirement for packaging, FEP provides a better visual of your product.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact DIZPOT at 602-795-4499!