I’ve ruminated elsewhere about containers that blur the line between bottle and can—(see: Cone Top Cans)—but these examples of canned/bottled water (mostly from Elisha.com except for the Ark Land container) are particularly striking.
A blended hybrid container with a recognizable PET bottle at the bottom and a familiar aluminum can-style top. According to this article in Package Design Magazine, there have been a number of “PETCans” and “PETtainers” starting in the early 1980s. Many of these were criticized for being un-recyclable due to the mixing of the PET body, aluminum top, and PVC labels.
Recently, a lot of water companies have been bending over backwards to prove their eco-cred, but the fact remains that the most ecological option of all is to just use the tap. (See: Elizabeth Royte’s blog)
What I enjoy about these containers is that they depend so much on a cross-referential packaging reference as their main attention-getting device. It’s as if these are bottles metamorphosizing into cans (or vice-versa).
Beach Packaging Design