Packaging can tell a story. Just think of the Coca-Cola Co. bottle, if you want one example.
But during the coronavirus pandemic, the rush to get hand sanitizer out to consumers, along with a shortage of traditional bottles for sanitizers because of the heavy demand, has meant that some companies are using whatever bottles are available.
Plastics companies have jumped in to fill the bottle shortage needs much as they have embraced production of face shields, masks, gowns and other health care needs. Sidel, for instance, was able to convert a 500-milliliter bottle mold it had on hand into production to supply a French hospital's sanitizer needs.
But Consumer Reports says some of the ad hoc containers have been confusing, especially those used by breweries and distillers who used the bottles they had on hand when they converted from drinking alcohol to medical alcohol.
"Some manufacturers are putting the hand sanitizer into plastic and glass bottles that could be easily mistaken for regular alcohol or another beverage," Consumer Reports said, adding that calls to the National Poison Data System in March related to hand sanitizer consumption increased 79 percent.