Packaging is the technology of enclosing or protecting products for distribution, storage, sell, and use.

Commercial paper bags were first manufactured in Bristol, England, in 1844, and the American Francis Wolle patented a machine for automated bag-making in 1852.

Packaging advancements in the early 20th century included Bakelite closures on bottles, transparent cellophane overwraps and panels on cartons.

These innovations increased processing efficiency and improved food safety.

As additional materials such as aluminum and several types of plastic were developed, they were incorporated into packages to improve performance and functionality.

The method pioneered there of rolling iron plates by means of cylinders enabled more uniform black plates to be produced than was possible with the former practice of hammering.

Tinplate boxes first began to be sold from ports in the Bristol Channel in 1725.Packaging can be described as a coordinated system of preparing goods for transport, warehousing, logistics, sale, and end use.Packaging contains, protects, preserves, transports, informs, and sells.The first packages used the natural materials available at the time: baskets of reeds, wineskins (bota bags), wooden boxes, pottery vases, ceramic amphorae, wooden barrels, woven bags, etc.Processed materials were used to form packages as they were developed: for example, early glass and bronze vessels.Custom packaging is an evolutionary use of modern materials.