Archive for the ‘Green Products’ Category

Eco-Friendly Business Practices for Retail

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

local manufacturingWhile consumers are more in tune with how their decisions affect the environment, it is only logical that retailers, manufacturers, and shippers strive toward the same goal. For any business to succeed in captivating an eco-conscious customer, they need to be fully aware of how their products and practices affect our world. One step that many retailers are missing is the use of eco-friendly materials in their products. Despite the green movement, many companies continue to rely on cheap, toxic and unsustainable materials for their products. Aside from materials, a company should also employ sustainable practices like choosing local suppliers or manufacturers. By choosing local suppliers, companies build a close community, invest in the local market, and reduce their carbon footprint. Shipping costs increase exponentially when using overseas suppliers, not to mention taking an important investment away from a local company that needs the business.

Blog Source: Greener Ideal

Sprint Excels with Sustainable Packaging

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

sustainable packagingSince 2009, Sprint has improved the sustainability of its product packaging by 55%. “The Evolution of Green Device Packaging and Sprint” is a recently published white paper that closely examines Sprint’s branded device packaging and its impacts. The report explains Sprint’s commitment to managing the environmental performance of all of its products, packaging and the services they offer. The 55% reduction in environmental effect is largely attributed to careful and innovation driven design. The company explored all options by reworking everything from raw materials to inks and adhesives. Compared to previous packaging solutions, the current packaging used by Sprint is 60% smaller in volume and 50% light in weight. They lowered both use and cost of materials, therefore fitting more devices onto each loading palette and reducing shipping needs. For each million devices produced, Sprint saves a significant amount of resources.

Read more at PackWorld

Eco-Friendly Wine Packaging

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

greenPicnicWebGilles Louvet, a vineyard located in the South of France, has announced the release (uncorking) of their new green PicNic organic wines in flexible stand up pouch. National Sales Manager Laura Bret explained that as the leader in organic wine production in France and Europe since 1993, it was only lgical for Gilles Louvet to take an interest in a more eco-friendly packaging solution such as this pouch. Like most wine drinkers, I assume that my wine come in a glass bottle. However, this flexible pouch is said to offer a carbon footprint with only 20% of traditional glass containers. The best part about this new packaging solution is that each 1.5 liter pouch holds the equivalent of two standard bottles of wine. Along with its benefits to the environment, the product offers a long eight week shelf-life, easy-to-open characteristics, and easy to pour.

Source: PackWorld

Consumers are on board with Green Products

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Green this, green that. As both the manufacturer and consumer all we hear about is providing eco-friendly alternatives for environmentally conscious consumers. But even as the trend is growing, it can still be a struggle for Americans to realize their role in the lifecycle of these products. When asked directly, 9 out of 10 believe it is their responsibility to properly use and dispose of green products. However, we have yet to see the results in action. Only 30% of Americans say that they often use the product in a way that achieves its intended environmental benefit. The majority of respondents in this survey expressed an interest in being educated in the proper way to use and dispose of eco-friendly products, but education isn’t the only barrier they face. One third of consumers admit to not having the resources, and one fifth just simply do not know how to find or use them. Consumers say they understand the environmental terms that companies use as being positive of neutral in terms of their effect on the environment. While the message is understood, many consumers feel overwhelmed by environmental messages because of their lack of education on the subject. Brands that promote environmental awareness already have their foot in the door and consumers on board. The next step is comprehensive environmental marketing, which is what we should expect to see in the future.

Partnership to Develop Bio-based Adhesives for the Packaging Industry

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Henkel, the adhesive supplier, and DaniMer Scientific LLC have recently partnered up for the development of hot-melt adhesives for packaging made of bio-based raw materials. At first, this application will be targeted towards the consumer packaging and labeling market. The partnership is beneficial because it will combine Henkel’s adhesive expertise with Danimer’s expertise in biopolymer science. The alliance will hopefully bring to the marketplace a technology platform that will include both bio-based adhesives and hot-melt applications supplied at a global level. The innovative technology that will result from this alliance will finally meet the needs that customers have been asking for. Not only will the partnership increase the amount of renewable materials used in manufacturing, but it will also continue to support the health and safety requirements in packaging applications. The first product results are expected for their market launch in the first half of 2013.

Source: Packaging Digest

GreenBlue Appoints Nina Goodrich Executive Director

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

GreenBlue is a nonprofit that equips businesses with the science and resources to make their products and packaging more sustainable. The organization is excited to announce that the GreenBlue Board of Directors has appointed Nina Goodrich as the Executive Director. Along with the newfound responsibilities, Goodrich will continue in her current role as the Program Director for the GreenBlue flagship project, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. The Board is thrilled that Goodrich is taking on this role and looking forward to the expertise and innovation she has to bring to the table. Nina Goodrich is an internationally recognized leader who has specialized in sustainability, innovation, and organizational development. She was previously Program Director for PAC NEXT inTorontowhich is an initiative of the Packaging Association that strives toward a “world without packaging waste”. Goodrich is working towards a world where business leaders are environmentally conscious- where products are design with sustainability in mind from the get-go. GreenBlue has earned a scientifically credible reputation through successful projects such as SPC, CleanGredients, the Forest Products Working Group, and Advisory Services. Nina Goodrich sees the new position as an opportunity to work towards the GreenBlue vision of making products more sustainable and share the vision of developing sustainable strategies in the production process.

Source: GreenBlue

“Green Guides” Revised

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued final revisions to “Green Guides”. These guides are set in place to ensure that claims made by companies and marketers promoting “green” or eco-friendly products live up to a set standard.

The revisions to the FTC’s guides are not invented by the organization. They reflect a wide range of public input, taking into consideration consumer and industry comments on previous drafts. The “Green Guides” include revisions to previous versions as well as new additions and developments.

The goal of updating these standards is to ensure that the environmentally conscious consumer is getting what they paid for and to level the playing field for businesses that are honest in their eco-friendly claims. The update also modified categories of recent developments in “green” manufacturing. Some of the new sections include; certifications and approvals, non-toxic claims, renewable claims, and free-of claims. In return, the consumer should see a more honest representation of products that are truly considered “green”.


Read more at packagingdigest

Go Green- Be a Post-Consumer!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Once you open and unwrap your favorite products, think twice before heading straight to the garbage can. There is a multitude of ways to reuse product packages and become a “post-consumer” guru. “Post-consumer” refers the use of a product once it is no longer used for its originally intended purpose. The first step of the post-consumer cycle begins with waste. Think again about your printing, paper, and packaging products reuse them around the house and get creative!

You can start to make a difference even before you purchase. In your normal shopping routine, start to pay attention to labels that tell you what the product is made of. By purchasing products that recycle a large percentage of post-consumer waste, you are helping the environment by preventing the need to tap into the beautiful natural resources that our planet has to offer.

Once waste gets to the landfill, it is subjected to a complex sorting process. With both of these steps you are keeping landfills clear of useful material that is perfectly reusable. So have fun being creative with your everyday reusable product packaging, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for products that utilize post-consumer resources. Remember- what goes around comes around- so feel great about doing your part to encourage the success of the recycling market and process!

100% Biodegradable Packaging Promised by Israeli Firm

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

TIPA is an Israeli company that promises a packaging waste solution; they now offer 100% biodegradable packaging material. Packaging material and the waste it produces is a big concern for the Earth.

TIPA offers a wide variety of packaging such as the Tip, the Tipack and the Tipup. All options offer a completely green packaging material. These designs also encourages users to reuse the packaging for something else. This is another step towards the green movement that more companies are jumping on each day.



Environmental Friendly Packaging Solutions on the Rise

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

An Irish supply chain management company, PCH International has decided to set up a new sustainable packaging design centre. This will be located in Shenzhen,China and a product showroom will be set up in San   Francisco ,CA. Designing new packaging solutions that are sustainable and have the least carbon footprint and a full life-cycle assessment is the ultimate goal. This project is set to launch in 2013 with the goal being able to develop more environmentally friendly packaging solutions.