Posts Tagged ‘green packaging’

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

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

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

Sustainable Packaging curriculum gives insight to decision makers

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition, a project of GreenBlue offers a comprehensive curriculum introducing sustainability considerations for packaging called the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging. The program offers insight into the entire packaging life cycle: material sourcing, packaging design, manufacturing, transportation and the final disposal of the product. Corporate decision makers that attend will learn how a holistic view of sustainability can apply to all of their daily operations. Attendees will learn about the following categories: sustainability and balancing tradeoffs, tools for measuring and reporting sustainability, sourcing and recovering materials, communicating initiatives for sustainability, and finally understanding environmental and human health impacts. The Essentials of Sustainable Packaging have been attended by hundreds of professionals  from leading companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations and educational institutions.

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GreenBlue Appoints Nina Goodrich Executive Director

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

GreenBlue is a nonprofit that equips businesses with the science and resources to make their products and packaging more sustainable. The organization is excited to announce that the GreenBlue Board of Directors has appointed Nina Goodrich as the Executive Director. Along with the newfound responsibilities, Goodrich will continue in her current role as the Program Director for the GreenBlue flagship project, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. The Board is thrilled that Goodrich is taking on this role and looking forward to the expertise and innovation she has to bring to the table. Nina Goodrich is an internationally recognized leader who has specialized in sustainability, innovation, and organizational development. She was previously Program Director for PAC NEXT inTorontowhich is an initiative of the Packaging Association that strives toward a “world without packaging waste”. Goodrich is working towards a world where business leaders are environmentally conscious- where products are design with sustainability in mind from the get-go. GreenBlue has earned a scientifically credible reputation through successful projects such as SPC, CleanGredients, the Forest Products Working Group, and Advisory Services. Nina Goodrich sees the new position as an opportunity to work towards the GreenBlue vision of making products more sustainable and share the vision of developing sustainable strategies in the production process.

Source: GreenBlue

Ecovative “Breaks it Down” with Mushrooms

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The majority of packaging materials are made from polystyrene and other synthetics. These materials are made from petroleum and also use up a lot of energy in the production process. Although many Americans do not take this into consideration, Ecovative Designs is a company that takes this issue quite seriously. Ecovative is currently working to develop a line of environmentally friendly packaging materials. These materials are made from mushrooms and other agricultural byproducts. The company was founded by a pair of engineers. They are not only trying to replace the traditional styrofoam packaging “peanuts” but also home insulation and kitchen counters. Sue Van Hook, Ecovative’s resident mycologist, shows that mushrooms and other fungi that grow in the wild can be adapted to grow into packaging materials. In nature, fungi’s primary role is decomposition. Break down fallen leaves and twigs so they do not overrun the forest. Ecovative is working to capture this natural process. They need less than one square centimeter of organic material to jumpstart this process. Therefore, they clone the material so it can continue to multiply as needed. Ecovative also demonstrates their value to the packaging industry by comparing a piece of plastic trash to their mushroom-based materials. The plastic takes decades to decompose while Ecovative material will vanish in 3-4 months.

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Fast Food Gets Eco-Friendly

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

In the late 1980s, McDonald’s, the iconic American restaurant chain, was facing mounting pressure for their ubiquitous Polystyrene packaging that housed the fast food giant’s burgers and sandwiches. Seeing an opportunity to do right, McDonald’s partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund to clean up their packaging act. Today, McDonald’s continues to work with EDF to find ways to lighten the packaging load. The report (pdf), “Greening Fast Food Packaging: A Roadmap to Best Practices,” published by North Carolina-based environmental group, the Dogwood Alliance, identifies a framework for evaluating packaging sustainability, highlights examples of industry best practices and offers guidelines for improving sustainability in packaging. The report highlights several positive steps fast food restaurants have taken to improve sustainability in packaging, from Quizos’ embracing of recycled materials to Subway’s unprecedented national in-store recycling program.

 

Source: Earth &Industry

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