Posts Tagged ‘environment’

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

Limited Packaging

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

green-packagingEco-friendly packaging characteristics like biodegradable, recycled, and reusable all strive toward the same goal of having the least affect on the environment. In reality, less is more. Next time you search for a “green” product, or environmentally safe packaging options for something you sell, keep limited packaging in mind. Sounds a little crazy coming from a packaging company, right? Well in all honesty, limited or no packaging is really the most environmentally friendly option there is. We are so concerned with the reusablity and recycled content in our packaging products, but if we didn’t use them in the first place we would need to justify using them again. Realistically, you are going to need some form of packaging to protect products in shipping, on the shelf, and even in your car on the way home- so eliminating packaging entirely isn’t necessarily an option. Instead, try to choose packaging that is more frugal with its resources. For example, buy products that are not individually wrapped, bring your own reusable bag to the store, even choose beverage bottles that use less plastic. Incorporating these habits in your shopping and business will save resources, cut costs, and save you the hassle of having to determine which products with “green” claims are really the best choice.

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.

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.

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

Extended Producer Responsibility

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Extended Producer Responsibility is gaining favor among environmentally conscious brands. For example, Recycling Reinvented recently announced that is has received a pledge of support from New Belgium Brewing Co. a brewery based inFort Collins,CO that produces over 25 varieties of craft beer. The director of sustainability for New Belgium states, “I believe that if the producers were held accountable for the end of life of their packages, more efficient and effective systems would be created to promote landfill diversion.” Going along with one of the company’s core values of “honoring nature at every turn of the business.” Through Extended Producer Responsibility, brand owners and manufacturers will help communities increase access to curbside recycling and recycling away from home for all product packaging. The program is pleased to have this pledge from New Belgium, and recognizes their long standing commitment to environmentally friendly production and packaging practices.

Source: Packaging Digest

Sustainable Packaging in the Spotlight

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Sustainable Packaging takes the stage as PBS’s In Focus educational program spotlights this growing industrial trend. In this program, Martin Sheen will look at the various ways that companies save money and help the environment by reducing the amount of packaging on their products. Companies that produce anything from electronics components to automobiles, companies are using less packaging material- especially for internal use. These cut companies’ costs and lead to less waste, meaning less garbage ending up in landfills where it will take years to decompose. This show will travel across the United States and profile different companies that have taken the steps to embrace sustainable packaging efforts.

Source: Packaging Digest

Recycling Program Backed by Coca-Cola

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

On January 28th, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the Coca-Cola Foundation announced a call for applications for the 2013 Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program. Through a $300,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation, the program is designed to expand and support recycling in American communities. 29,000 recycling bins have been distributed since 2010 under this program, reaching 4.3 million people. The end goal is to provide local organizations with recycling bins and increase recycling rates across the country. Grant applications can be found online through March 4, 2013. Eligible recipients include government agencies, civic organizations, schools, nonprofit groups and all colleges and universities will be eligible for a college specific grant.