Child Proof Packaging VS Non-Child Proof Mylar Bags

For most businesses, packaging decisions come down to a thorough cost analysis. For companies with no need to consider child seals, simple roll stock packaging can be enough. However, when the items stored within the custom mylar bags require a fair bit of protection against minor consumption, a business must weigh the pros and cons of childproofing or not, including liability concerns and the safety of customers and their families.

Liability Matters

What is your specialty? Does your product present any inherent risks? If over-consumed, will your product cause harm to the consumer or an unintended consumer? Every business must assess the risk associated with their merchandise, and responsible companies will do everything to prevent injury or damage to people and corporate reputation, especially when lawsuits are possible. Child proof mylar bags help to avoid liability matters, placing the responsibility of consumption directly with the customer. Add a warning label, and you have mitigated corporate risk and offered protection for customers.

Poison Prevention

The primary aim of using childproofing is poison prevention. There are several products available over-the-counter that present severe risks to minors if consumed in large or small quantities. By taking the extra precautionary step, a company can protect its clients and rest easy, knowing it did what it could to prevent harm to the consumer.

Storage Discretion

At the consumer level, childproof mylar bags and packaging allow storage discretion. If a client knows their child cannot open a potentially hazardous material, they can store it anywhere in the home. However, as childproofing is not protective against all ages, some level of caution is still advisable. For example, cleaning chemicals, known to be poisonous, need to have a storage place away from idle hands.

Convenience of Utility

Some childproof containers offer reusability, which is an excellent benefit to consumers. Customers can store valuable items away from prying hands, protecting the merchandise from damage. Whether a client needs to store loose pill bottles, jewelry or other potentially dangerous or valuable materials, a reusable childproof container is a convenience. Businesses are remiss if they neglect the possibility of their packaging being later repurposed and of value to the consumer.

Cost-Effective Design

Childproof packaging is more expensive than regular mylar containers, but you must consider the future savings and benefits. If a company fails to use childproofing on potentially harmful products, it may open itself up to future lawsuits and settlements. Also, as a responsible business, it is a responsibility to protect your client base to ensure trust and loyalty. Beyond the fiduciary benefits of using childproofing, consider the continued use benefits for the consumer and your business. Custom packaging allows for the printing of logos and messaging, which clients who continue to use your product will see regularly.

While you may debate the costs of childproofing your packaging, you must consider the entire picture, from manufacturing to home use, and the corporate responsibility throughout. If you are struggling with a decision over the need for childproof packaging, consider talking with a supplier to weigh the pros and cons further.

Cyndy Lane

Cyndy is business journalist with a focus on entrepreneurship and small business. With over a decade of experience covering the startup and small business landscape, Cyndy has a reputation for being a knowledgeable, insightful and approachable journalist. She has a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing small business owners and is able to explain them in a way that is relatable and actionable for her readers.