Industry: An Uncanny Transformation

The tin can, that 154-year-old companion of the housewife, is undergoing an uncanny transformation. The pattern of change began a while ago, but it has picked up such speed that it is affecting both habits in the home and the future of an entire industry. Millions of cans no longer require keys or openers; they flip, zip, pop or peel. Cans now come in thin tin or aluminum instead of hefty old tin plate, and in many cases have evolved into containers of paper, plastic or fiber foil. The aerosol can, once limited...

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