Al-Farhati (1999) divided the history of packaging into three parts:

The ancient history of packaging

  1. Al-Farhati (1999) stated that the first man in the  Paleolithic period used many natural containers to preserve and store food in cavities and trunks of trees, pumpkins, and seashells, and then manufactured the package using rocks, wood, animal horns, bones, and skins. 
  2. The nineteenth century witnessed the birth of the packaging industry, and what is meant here by packaging industry is the manufacture and decoration of various packaging by an institution or person for the purpose of selling them to another institution or person and not using them to protect and promote the goods they produce.

Recent history of packaging.

3. Al-Farhati (1999) pointed out that most of those working in the field of packaging and those interested in its affairs agree that the modern history of packaging began after the end of World War II, i.e. in 1945,  at this time more than seventy years ago, most of the packaging was manufactured  From paper or cardboard, glass, and metal, there were no plastic containers at all.

4. A major development in packaging occurred during World War II as a result of many food, clothing, and spare parts developing themselves, and there were many tests carried out on the packages to confirm the arrival of supplies properly, as it is known that the United States was a party to this war, and all wars took place far away. This was to supply the army with the supplies it needed, but these supplies were in poor condition as a result of poor packaging, and it took to develop packaging operations to overcome this problem.

5. Many vital developments in the field of canisters occurred as a result of extensive research during the war, and these developments became available to the public after the end of the war.

The development of the packaging industry

 Al-Farhati (1999) presented all the important events on the date of packaging, including the researcher mentioning the following:

300 BCThe ancient Egyptians believe that the use of blown bottles and jars, the formation of paper from hail plants, and the use of HFI  packaging.
1884The appearance of milk bottles.
1886 Production of the first pure aluminum by Charles Martin.
1895The first presentation of toothpaste in tubes.
1898The appearance of cellophane.
Use aluminum lids for jars.
1902Standard Oil uses metal barrels instead of wooden ones.
1903The first use of double-sided corrugated cardboard.
1906The first pure U.S. Food and Drug Act.
1907Production of the first organic piece of plastic.
1913The first use of foil is to wrap candy.
1936Thermoforming, the process of heating and forming plastic sheets originated in France to be used as a non-shrinkable film on meat.
1937Acrylic production in the United States and subsequent use in hard boxes and bottles.
Production of plastic bottles with a blowing system.  
1938The Food and Drug Act, passed by the Food and Drug Organization, sets out steps to increase the regulation of the packaging and labeling of these goods.
1943Patent for aerosol packaging published by Sullivan & Goodhue.
1947Production of the first commercial aerosol bottle by Continental Cans.
1954Detection of urine and propylene, and the beginning of its use in packaging.
1959The use of aluminum in the manufacture of cans beverage cans.

• Al-Farhati, Mahmoud Attia, (1999), “Packaging and its Impact on Society and the Environment”, first edition, Dar Al-Fikr Al-Arabi. Cairo (pp. 21: 24).