Posts Tagged ‘green’

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.

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Increase in Carton Recycling

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

The Carton Council, which is a group of carton manufacturers committed to reducing the environmental impact of cartons, has increased carton recycling by 128%. Due to their efforts, more than 47.9 million households can now recycle cartons. This is a dramatic change compared to 2009 where recycling access was only at 18%. The Carton Council has found that cartons are a fast-growing packaging solution. They are made of high value material and are very recyclable.

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Recycling Rates Rise Overseas

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

For the first time inEngland, local authorities report a substantial reaction to recycling efforts. Recycling has overtaken the landfill with 10.7 tons of waste recycled, composted or reused compared to the usual 9.6 tons being sent to general waste. Household recycling bins are collected every two weeks. The Runnymede Borough Council of Surrey has seen a tremendous response increasing from 29% to 47% recycling rate. West Oxfordshire District Council’s rate has risen to over 60%.

Source: UK Packaging News

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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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.

 

 

Source: siliconrepublic.com

A Grocery Store Opens that Produces NO Waste

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

In.gredients recently opened their doors in Austin, Texas. Their idea with opening this grocery store was to bring back the neighborhood grocer. In.gredients is a zero waste, packaging free, microgrocer, selling local food with pure ingredients.

How do they do it?

They sell locally grown food. They have cut out all the processed junk you can buy at a regular grocery store and only offer the good stuff. Products, such as dairy items that need to be packaged are done so by teaming up with partners that know how to recycle and pre-cycle. They also allow you to bring in your own containers to package your food so you can bring it home.

“Together, we can change the way we eat, shop, and live for the better.”

What they are doing with this new (or should I say old) style grocery store is something that needs to happen more often. A lot of waste would be saved if more companies went to the caution they achieve. Would I shop here? Definitely.

 

For more information, check out their website: in.gredients.com

True or False: Can Eco-packaging Influence Purchasing Decisions?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

 

True.

 

 

 

Green UP Street LLC conducted a study for a nationally distributed breakfast cereal brand. What the study uncovered were some interesting results regarding consumers’ decision when it came to decided a “green” box or a box that was normally made. What it uncovered was that consumers do choose the green option, as long as it does not cost more.

 

For the study, consumers were told that each box contained the same product and it was exactly the same price. Consumers chose the eco-packaging 6 to 1. The eco-packaging of the cereal box had a USDA BioPreferred seal on it. Females ages 25 to 45 were the test subjects on this study.

What this study shows is that there is a correlation between a eco-packaged product and the purchase decisions of a consumer. When there is a chance for someone to chose a “green” product with no penalty to themselves, they make the right choice.

 

Source: packworld.com

Sustainable Packaging Turns to Renewable Resources

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Sustainability and environmental are two words that are appearing more often in concerns for businesses ethics. Beliefs the business has and the customer needs are the driving factors behind the push to expand the sustainable packaging market. With the evolution of sustainable packaging, questions arise in the safety, effectiveness, affordability and standards involved regards to the renewable packaging. Understanding renewable packaging options and the choices involved help answer these questions.

Renewable materials come from a variety of places. One of the main materials used in renewable resources for packaging is pulp from managed pine plantations. This fructose-based plastic is rapidly changing the way packaging is done. This plastic is 100% biodegradable because it is made out of plant materials. Just like non-degradable plastic packaging, this biodegradable packaging is turned into a vessel that holds air and protects the contents of the package from damaging. Tape can also be made from this plastic.

The performance of the packaging is always the main concern. If the biodegradable plastic holds up to its expectations, the sustainable packaging will completely turn to renewable resources.

Source: wasterecyclingnews.com

Starbuck’s EarthSleeves Projected to Save 100,000 Trees

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

 

Starbucks accounts for about roughly 50% of the US coffee market. With this large percentage of the market, they also account for a large amount of disposable packaging. EarthSleeve was developed with the hopes of eliminating some of the waste they produce. The manufacturing process is what is changed for their EarthSleeves, which reduces waste. In result, they will be saving a lot of trees.

LBP Manufacturing is the company that developed the EarthSleeve. Raw fiber material is reduced by 34% and recycled materials increased by 25%. This change of materials is all done without the sacrifice of the product and how it functions. With 3 billion hot cup sleeves produced yearly in theUnited States, the EarthSleeve has the potential to make a big change.

“At Starbucks we are constantly looking to innovate in ways that make our world a better place,” said Cliff Burrows, president of theAmericasfor Starbucks. “This product represents how the integration of our environmental values and collaboration with like-minded organizations can create significant impact.”

 

Source: inhabitat.com