Archive for November, 2011

Paper Packaging Market Will Reach $236 Billion in 2011

Monday, November 28th, 2011

With a global recession negatively affecting many industries there are some industries experiencing phenomenal growth. One example is the paper packaging market which according to recent research, is expected to hit $236 billion dollars globally before the end of 2011. Further, in emerging markets such as China, Brazil, and India, the growth is expected to persist. The consumer demand in North America and Europe is also on the rise.

So why the growth in this market? Various factors such as the ability to recycle, convenience, and cost-effectiveness can be attributed. The main advantage the paper packaging industry has through is its environmentally friendliness. Combined with quality, paper packaging is a viable packaging option in our modern world that is concerned about sustainability. As technologies and innovations continue to evolve, the paper packaging market only gets stronger providing manufacturers with more customized solutions.

This report comes as no surprise to anyone who has observed packaging in a retail setting over the past handful of years. Paper packaging is replacing many types of plastics packaging. Consumer behavior is changing, demanding less packaging that is recyclable and marketers and packaging manufacturers are capitalizing on the opportunities.

Skincare Company Uses Bamboo for Eco-Friendly Packaging

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

One industry that has been slower to adapt to green packaging has been the cosmetic industry. Many cosmetic companies put the emphasis of elegance first when it comes to packaging. This posts focuses on a company who combines elegance with green packaging.

TAY’s Natural Skincare Products have a great eco-friendly packaging strategy using bamboo! Eight of their affordable skincare products are organically made and packaged in 100% bamboo and recycled PET plastic containers. The bamboo packaging really emphasizes the organic nature of this skincare line and communicates its importance to consumers. Because bamboo is used, the packaging is long-lasting and can be reused over and over again.

Paper Wine Bottles Get Their Chance in the UK

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Soon, the first paper wine bottle will be released in the UK. That’s right, a paper wine bottle. The carbon footprint of a paper wine bottle is only 10% of a glass wine bottle, hence the appeal.

With the UK poised to run out of space for landfill within seven years, the bottle’s makers claim biodegradable packaging will become a paramount issue for both consumers and manufacturers. The paper wine bottle is compostable and decomposes in weeks. The wine bottles feature a similar bag to that found in wine boxes so the wine can keep longer.

Transportation costs of the paper wine bottle will also be greatly reduced. The paper wine bottle weighs only 55g compared with 500g for a glass wine bottle.

While paper wine bottles sound great in theory, there will be huge challenges. Venturing into the wine market is more adventurous. “How wine looks is incredibly important; it’s such an arcane business,” said Adam Lechmere, news editor at Decanter magazine. “Consumers don’t care so much about whether wine is green or not.”

Stay tuned to see if this form of wine packaging catches on.

Pet Food Company Adopts Innovative, Eco-Friendly Packaging

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Steve’s Real Foodpet food company has adopted a new type of flexible packaging. NVIRO, developed by Eagle Flexible Packaging, is comprised of renewable and compostable materials and printed and laminated with low VOC inks and adhesives. Using materials derived from corn and plant starches, NVIRO packaging can be composted in a municipal composting environment.

Steve’s Real Food is a raw dog food manufacturer. They have committed themselves to holding rigorous environmental standards in regards to packaging. They chose NVIRO flexible packaging because they wanted to be a leader in sustainable packaging. Looking for green packaging can be tricky these days, as so much out there sounds green but ultimately lacks the backing of a misleading marketing message.

The packaging Steve’s Real Food has adopted isn’t just eco-friendly, it’s also quite innovative. They have incorporated a ZIP-PAK Press-to-close solution to make it convenient for their customers to use. The ZIP-PAK is made from the same compostable material as the pouch film.

Facebook Uses Arctic Air To Save Energy

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Facebook announced another eco-friendly effort to continue greening up its empire. They will have a new server farm located in Luleå, Sweden. Because this location in Sweden sits in the freezing cold (the Arctic to be exact), the servers will be cooled naturally saving tons of energy.

With all of the activity on Facebook, its servers are working hard around the clock and produce a lot of excess heat. Traditionally, server farms require expensive, complicated air conditioning systems to prevent over heating. But when your servers are sitting in the Arctic, cooler temperatures will naturally create a cooling system. Facebook’s server farms span 175,000 square feet. It costs $75 million each year to run the servers in the Arctic. Imagine the costs of having a server farm in a warm climate- yikes! The Swedish server farm will also enjoy the benefits of the nearby Luleå River, which provides green and affordable hydro-electric power.

Luleå is in Northern Sweden and is as close to the North Pole as Siberia, and averages a chilly 35 degrees Fahrenheit year round.

Nest Thermostat Will Blow Your Mind

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Check out this brand new gadget designed by the fathers of the iPod. The Nest Learning Thermostat is a cutting edge thermostat designed to help cut your energy bill. This smart little device learns your behavior and creates a heating and cooling schedule based according to your lifestyle. Over a period of time it learns when you wake, when you go to work, when you come home, etc. By adjusting the heating and cooling output to your schedule, you can save cash on your utility bill.

Like the iPod, this thermostat is controlled with a simple wheel that helps you program temperature and length of heating and cooling cycles. The thermostat makes a note every time you turn the wheel and compiles data on how you like the temperature of your home. You can also control the Nest away from home with your smart phone.

The Nest costs $249 and will go on sale in major electronics stores next month. It starts to learn your behavior in just a week and has six different sensors that keep track of things like motion, light, temperature and humidity. It knows to change the temperature of a room when you are staying in it, but it also knows when you’re just passing through by detecting motion. These features are great for saving energy and money.