Posts Tagged ‘sustainable packaging’

Education in Sustainability

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

sustainable manufacturingThe American Institute of Chemical Engineers Institute for Sustainability offers specialized credentials for sustainability professionals as a response to the growing demand for specialized knowledge in sustainable industrial practice. The chair of the Institute and president of Sustainability Solutions LLC, Deb Grubbe, has noted that the credentialing effort has shaped a program built on existing curricula that includes real world case studies from companies. The body of knowledge that students will learn stems from the Institute’s Sustainability Index. The index focuses on seven areas that are critical to a sustainability effort. They are: strategic commitment, innovation, environmental performance, safety performance, product stewardship, social responsibility and value chain management.

Blog Source: Packaging Digest

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.

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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, 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.


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.

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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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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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Using Packaging as the Product

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Lite2Go’s new product uses smart packaging to its advantage. For eco-friendly innovation, this product eliminates the need for wasteful packaging altogether. The packaging that the product comes in plays  an integral role as its external package doubles as the lamp shade itself. The only part of the product that would be considered waste are the instructions and label- which of course are made of recyclable material and use environmentally friendly inks. By using product packaging as part of the product, this emphasizes the importance of a signature and classic look that will last as long as the product itself and not head straight for the garbage can.




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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.