Archive for the ‘Post Consumer’ Category

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

Look for Postconsumer

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

earth friendly post consumerPackaging is one of the biggest contributors to waste- up to one third of the nonindustrial waste in developed countries, according to the United States EPA. That is why packaging is a huge concern for consumers in retail. For the people that are interested in environmentally-friendly options here’s the issue: packaging is practically impossible to avoid altogether, so the goal of these consumers will always be to purchase products with packaging that does the least amount of damage. Not only is this good for our environment, but it is an added incentive for companies to strive for sustainable business practices. What we at Sunrise like to offer, and what the EPA recommends is to buy packaged products wrapped in material with a high percentage of recycled content. By doing this, consumers motivate companies to continue the cycle. SO- instead of simply grabbing for the product that makes general Eco-claims and call themselves green, search the labels for “recycled content” or “postconsumer content” and your sustainable efforts are a guarantee.

Blog Source: National Geographic

APR Opposes Degradable Additives

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

recyclable plasticsThe trade association of companies that recycle plastic, also known as The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, opposes the use of degradable additives in currently recyclable bottles, containers, and films. There are serious implications of using said additives on the recyclability of packaging. While it may seem understandable to use an additive that will help the plastic degrade, the concern is the impact of this additive when used in successive applications. Most secondary uses of recycled plastics are intended for long term uses such as carpeting, plastic lumber, and pipe. Such items have an expected life span of 30 years or more, however if the plastics being recycled to make the product have this degradable additive, the polymer molecules will start to break down, vastly decreasing the product’s life span that consumers depend on. The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) is in support of legislation that would require containers with degradable additives to be labeled with the instruction “do not recycle”. The APR have looked for instances and proof of no harm done from the providers of this additive, and do not have the evidence to change their opposition.

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New Packaging Provides Reuse Ideas

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

reusable boxPractically all products come with packaging that is reusable in some way. The problem is, not everyone is born with the creative instinct to know how to use it all (certainly not me). A great idea that comes from Costa Rica aims to provide creative ideas for packaging reuse for the creatively inept, therefore increasing and promoting clever re utilization of product packaging. The website, quehagoconesto.org(Spanish for “what do I do with this?”) is a successful project coming from Central America that has gotten several brands to incorporate reuse instructions in their labeling. The organization made an agreement with the Universidad Veritas in Costa Rica to introduce this project into their design curriculum. The product labels for these items direct consumers to the website for step-by-step instructions and pictures on how to reuse their packaging. Re utilization concepts can also be uploaded by anyone- a community reuse blog of sorts. The goal of this project is to make a large impact with such a small change. With the simple addition of a Quehagoconesto label, companies are given the opportunity to contribute to the post-consumer cycle.

Source: treehugger.com

Fishing Plastic Waste from the Seas

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

In seas around theUK, fisherman are being sent to collect waste plastic for recycling. The innovative project is supported by Ecover and Closed Loop Recycling. The waste being salvaged will go towards trials of a new type of plastic that uses rHDPE, plantastic, and the waste marine plastic that is collected. Both organizations involved are supporting the Waste Free Oceans initiative by sending an important anti-litter message to consumers to help in the efforts of reducing floating marine debris and highlighting the importance of recycling and the value of used plastic as a resource. Along with supporting these efforts, Ecover has launched it ‘Message in our Bottle’ campaign, along with the use of an entirely new form of fully sustainable and recyclable plastic made from 100% sugarcane and plastic fished from the sea- the use of this plastic will start in 2014.

Source: Packaging Digest

Thermoformed Trays: A Reusable Alternative

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The new Sell Stack from Innovative Plastech is an improvement on the conventional corrugated fiberboard packaging for bottles and cans. The thermoformed plastic alternative will improve the sustainability of the product while providing a clear view of the product for the consumer. The Sell Stack is completely customizable and is manufactured to create the correct fit and amount of support on a pallet necessary. The pallet trays provide the perfect combination of quantity per pallet and lad bearing capabilities. Along with proper function, the Sell Stack is a waterproof solution that can be reused up to five times. It is made from a combination of post consumer products and post industrial recycle PET plastic, creating a sustainable alternative to the traditional corrugated fiberboard. The Sell Stack is easy to recycle as they are accepted by any US recycling center or they can be returned directly to Innovative Plastech to be recycled for future trays.

Source: PackWorld

A Creative Way to Reuse DVD Cases

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The cheapest and most beneficial way to be more sustainable and eco-friendly is by reusing products and their packaging for things other than their intended use. Just like the young couple that used jewel CD cases as simple picture frames, one 4th grade teacher writes in her blog about a simple way to reuse DVD cases. Not only did this purpose extend the life of a once wasted product, but it saved her a lot of money in her first year of teaching. This first year 4th grade teacher wanted to use individual dry-erase boards for activities in class, but couldn’t afford to purchase one for every student. That’s when her sister gave her the idea to reuse old DVD cases as white boards by turning the printed insert inside out. The clear overlay allows for any dry erase marker to be easily wiped away. The teacher asked all of her students to each bring in an old DVD case which, let’s be honest, we all have a DVD case we don’t use anymore. Each student was able to choose their favorite colored construction paper insert to make the board more colorful and fun. The end result; a cheap (practically free) dry erase board for each of her students, and since they were DVD cases, the students were able to store whatever papers or extra inserts they needed for class activities.

 

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Increasing Demand for Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

According to a new study from the Freedonia Group, “Recycled Plastics”, theU.S.demand for post-consumer recycled plastic is forecast to rise 6.5% per year, meaning in 2016 it is projected to be up to 3.5 billion pounds. This demand is driven by a number of factors, one being a growing emphasis on sustainability among packaging and consumer product manufacturers. The advancements in processing and sorting technologies make it more attainable by allowing a wider variety of plastic to be recycled into high quality resins. Along with these factors supporting the movement are the federal, state, and local governments providing a significant boost to recycled plastic collection, processing, and demand. Other study results showed that PET and high-density polyethylene were the two leading resins used in recycled plastic products in 2011 which accounted for over 70% of demand, fueled by rising recycled content in beverage bottles and thermoformed containers. The most rapid growth is forecast for recycled low-density polyethylene. Also on the horizon is the increase in recycled polypropylene collection volumes and improved processing techniques which improve the quality of the resin.

A Great Way to Reuse!

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

It seems as if printed/developed pictures are becoming a thing of the past. However, there will always be a demand for nicely printed and framed pictures in our homes and workplaces. A young couple from Virginia posted in their blog/website a unique way to have nicely framed pictures by using their used jewel CD cases. They express that ever since they started using the increasingly popular photography tool, Instagram, they have wanted to find a fun way to showcase their family photos. They realized after ordering the printouts of their photos, with a small trim these photos fit snugly into the front of a jewel case. Not only does this solution protect photos as they hang, but should a problem arise these easy-to-come-by picture frames cost less than a dollar to replace. Not only is this an economically friendly craft to spruce up your home, but it is a great way to re-use a product that would inevitably sit in a landfill otherwise.

 

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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!