Archive for October, 2012

Herman Miller Awarded for Sustainable Solutions

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

At PACK EXPO in Chicago, Herman Miller was announced the first winner of the Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award. They won this award with their use of reusable packaging for their shipping and handling of a component of a chair for and assembly line. This adaptation saved the company $46,000 annually in material and labor. Herman Miller has been utilizing sustainable packaging solutions within the company for over 20 years and is actively exploring these eco-friendly alternatives that saves them money and more importantly, the environment. The part was being shipped into Herman Miller Greenhouse in corrugated boxes that would be re-used several times before being recycled.




By switching to the reusable solution, the company has gained the following measurable outcomes:
• Saved 63 minutes per day in handling of the parts; this equates yearly to 266 hours
• Using 4,300 fewer boxes saving 24,645 pounds of corrugated per year
• Achieved a combined material and labor saving of $46,000
• Eliminated the need for two warehouse skid locations
• Eliminated movement of heavy boxes from skid to roller conveyor by a material handler, and eliminated need to cut them open with a knife
• Eliminated handling of boxes by part supplier

Paperboard Packaging Awards 2012

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

143 entries from 34 Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) members were honored in a special awards ceremony at PPC’s Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference on October 18, 2012 in Las Vegas. All entries in the General category were first evaluated by considering the package’s development objectives and the types of materials used. The judges then considered the success of each entry’s structural design and how well the printing and converting processes helped achieve the stated objectives. The judges also measured the package’s impact on production, manufacturing, distribution, storage, and warehousing; economics, brand enhancement, and marketing. Finally the package’s impact on the retail store shelf was carefully considered. For 2012, the top Paperboard Package of the Year award was presented to Graphic Packaging International for their new package design for the ten count CapriSun carton for Kraft Foods. The Eco Award went to Beresford Box Co., Inc. for their “Lids-in-Motion” cup for Cup Techniques Ltd. This eco-friendly disposable cup features a paperboard lid that for the first time eliminates the need for plastic lids.




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Geoengineering Experiment in the Pacific

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The Guardian, a British daily newspapers is reporting a large plankton boom in the Pacific Ocean of up to 10,000 square kilometers due to a large dump of 100 tons of iron sulfate off the coast of British   Columbia. This act was done as a part of a geo-engineering experiment to demonstrate that fertilization of the ocean can draw carbon from the atmosphere in order to combat climate change. This act was spearheaded by California business man  Russ George who was acting on the theory that iron stimulates the growth of phytoplankton, or algae. When the phytoplankton die and the organic material sinks into the ocean, the carbon of the organism goes with it where it can be held for centuries. Some have claimed that this effort violates two international resolutions made at the Convention on Biological Diversity and the London Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping Wastes and Other Matter. Although these claims were made, George still says that the efforts made to increase phytoplankton are not applicable to these resolutions.


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Sustainable Packaging Solutions– PackExpo 2012

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

To become a reputably sustainable manufacturing business, a lot of planning and research goes into what decisions to make to lead to the transformation. Packagin manufacturers interested in making these changes should be aware of the upcoming Pack Expo held in Chicago October 28-31. Not only does this event show examples and give networking opportunities for those striving for sustainability, but the expo provides infinite resources for environmentally friendly materials and energy efficient equipment. The event is for general packaging, however with the growing need for green solutions the companies that implement green initiatives are denoted in the exhibitor list, on the website and at the show itself. The conference that is being held also addresses the issue of sustainability and focuses on green initiatives that organizations can take. The industry partners helping to organize the content of this conference include: The Alliance for Innovation and Excellence, The Institute of Packaging Professionals, The Packaging Association of Canada and the Reusable Packaging Association. To learn more about the event and the full conference schedule, visit


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“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”.


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