Definition of packaging

1 : an act or instance of packaging something or someone: such as
a : the enclosing of something in a container or covering … damage caused by static charge during packaging, storing, and shipping.Chemical & Engineering News
b : the presentation of something or someone to the public in a way that is designed to be attractive or appealing This is public relations: the packaging of ideas, the execution of them, and the media coverage surrounding them.— Robert Z. Chew
2 : material used to enclose or contain something … the flashy packaging popularized by mass merchants.— Jan Stafford also : a covering wrapper or container : package entry 1 sense 3 the manufacture of food packagings

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Legislation in other states has proposed things such as banning use of PFAS in food packaging and prohibiting its use in firefighting foam. Michael Casey, The Seattle Times, "EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks," 12 Feb. 2019 Weekly deliveries arrive in packaging that's 100 percent recyclable and compostable, which is another major win. SELF, "The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Hearst’s commitment to sustainability, of course, begins with her clothes: Her suits are spun from the wool of her family’s Uruguay sheep farm, and those suits are shipped in 100 percent biodegradable packaging. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Gabriela Hearst Just Opened the Most Beautiful Store in New York City," 5 Nov. 2018 Also over the weekend, it was revealed via @TrendMood1 that the Pretty Rich collection will include two dreamy highlighters: Fancy Pink Diamond and Canary Diamond, which come encased in packaging meant to mimic the appearance of a jewelry box. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Too Faced Is Launching Its Pretty Rich Makeup Collection This November," 29 Oct. 2018 Canada will control marijuana sales quite tightly—the product will have to be sold in plain packaging and prices will be capped in order to drive out the black market—but there is big money to be made. David Meyer, Fortune, "Canada Is About to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use. And These Weed Companies Are Ready to Take Off," 7 June 2018 The draft rules also call for setting aggressive targets for reducing youth cannabis use, creating national standards for potency testing and packaging and setting tax rates low enough to undercut the black market. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Canada poised to approve legal marijuana sales; pot shops could be open by late summer," 6 June 2018 The Laundress products, all made in the U.S., are highly concentrated and use fewer ounces per load, therefore requiring less packaging, energy, and water. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "The Laundress Makes Products that You Can Actually Clean 'Dry Clean Only' Items With," 5 Feb. 2019 Starting in the 1970s, Congolese artist Kingelez envisioned vibrant buildings and cities of the future with paper, cardboard, plastic, and packaging, sculpting an alternative vision to the post-colonial development of Kinshasa. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of packaging

circa 1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for packaging

from gerund of package entry 2

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The first known use of packaging was circa 1875

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English Language Learners Definition of packaging

: material used to enclose or contain something
: the act or process of putting something in a package or container
: the way something or someone is presented in order to be more attractive or appealing

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