TAG: Packaging

A Water Bottle You Can Eat

A Water Bottle You Can Eat

Move over plastic water bottles – there’s a new blob in town. Ooho! is an innovative concept design for holding liquids from Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier and Guillaume Couche that surfaced last year and has been getting a lot of attention at design competitions. It is a completely edible, biodegradable container capable of holding water without leaking. This award winning idea yields an all-natural, fully consumable product that is not only inexpensive to produce, but could possibly eliminate the whole concept formed around plastic packaging. Intended as an alternative to the plastic water bottle, it is a membrane-like object that… read more

Can Product Labeling Alter Taste?

Can Product Labeling Alter Taste?

Food and beverage packaging are scrutinized and marketing tactics are fully employed long before the products hit the shelves. It is not a secret that product packaging can impact sales decisions, but can it make a difference in the way your cup of coffee tastes? According to a study investigating the subject, it may actually be a possibility. Published in PLOS ONE, results from the article titled Who Needs Cream and Sugar When There Is Eco-Labeling? Taste and Willingness to Pay for “Eco-Friendly” Coffee showed some interesting consumer behavior. The study looked into whether or not coffee that was labeled as “ecofriendly”… read more

Coca-Cola, In the Rocks

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Beverage containers are one of the most common littered items found at beaches. Last year, over the span of one day alone, approximately one-half million volunteers worldwide collected 521,730 glass beverage bottles and over a million plastic beverage bottles from beaches across the globe. While there are many biodegradable packaging alternatives in the works, they are far from accessible to the every-day consumer. And those that have surfaced still pose the threat of releasing nitrogen, a substance more potent than CO2 emissions, if tossed into an anaerobic pile of waste. Still, plastic containers, should they degrade, will only break down… read more

Edible, Dissolveable or Biodegradable

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There is no waste in nature, as at the end of every living thing’s life it serves as a source of nutrients once it returns from where it came. Thus, waste in a modern sense is a human creation – and modified materials like plastic, a mutation of nature. While many companies have introduced “green packaging”, and certainly the efforts have been impressive, it would be incorrect to herald them as sustainable. For a package to be sustainable, its existence must create zero waste. It also cannot rely on finite resources for its manufacture and use. This is because sustainability… read more

If Only Packaging Could Imitate Fruit..

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Better than any other food, including vegetables, fruit is by nature the embodiment of sound packaging. Imagine the last time you went to a farmer’s market or grocery store – perhaps your own backyard even – and saw fresh apples at their peak. Aesthetically, they command your attention. With bright, shiny coats and a pleasingly simple silhouette. You may, too, be lured in by their light fragrance, a by-product of their elevated sugar levels – letting you know that they are ready to be eaten. The fruit’s peel, and natural wrapper, provides protection but is easy to remove. As a… read more

WikiPearl’s Edible Packaging Eliminates Waste

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As efforts continue to create sustainable, edible packaging, we are now presented with WikiPearl, one of the more recent packaging endeavors  to use bio-mimicry, which can be defined as drawing from the designs of nature to solve the problems of humans. Having already launched Aeroshot, a company that offers inhale-able coffee and chocolate,  David Edwards, a bio-engineer at Harvard University, has partnered up with renowned designer François Azambourg and biologist Don Ingber to further develop WikiPearl, an idea he conceived whilst in a classroom at Harvard. Inspired by the way biological cells, like those of grapes, transport water, WikiPearl offers… read more

Do You Like Ramen Noodles?

Do You Like Ramen Noodles?

If so, you may have hungrily indulged in the hot noodles and not really thought too much about the packaging that they came in. Sometimes this meal for one can come in the not so earth friendly Styrofoam or unrecyclable waxed paper containers. When heated, Styrofoam and some plastic packaging can unleash chemicals from the containers into the food, serving up a bit of unintended contaminant along with your dinner. Tomorrow Machine, a company ran by package designers Anna Glansén and Hanna Billqvist, along with an eco focused research facility named Innventia, have conceptualized a redesign of an old standby,… read more

New Green Packaging is 100% Recyclable and Carbon-Positive

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If we’re going to get a handle on dealing with the huge amounts of plastics and other materials that make up product and materials packaging, we need some greener alternatives, and one UK company believes they have one of the solutions. The company, Polythene UK, is offering a bio-based product called Polyair, which they say is not only 100% recyclable, but is also “carbon positive”, and when included in films at just 60%, is capable of offsetting the CO2 emissions of the product, even after accounting for the energy consumed in shipping and manufacturing. In fact, the company’s managing director,… read more

Reuse Bulk Packaging

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Constantly we express to people to recycle cans, plastic, cardboard, paper and even our fast food drink cups. Instead of recycling these materials why not make use of them in our homes. Bulk packaging is a major source for reusable containers. Do you shop at Costco, Sam’s Club or Price Club? Many of the containers you buy with the products in them are perfect for pantry storage. Besides, who does not like saving money on storage containers. There is probably 101 ways to organize your pantry with reusable bulk materials but these are a few of our favorites. Large popcorn… read more

Wasteful Over-Packaging

Unnecessary extra packaging

Surely everyone has experienced the bafflement of packaging. Why companies continue to over-wrap, over-cover, over-layer, their products is beyond me. Below are some culprits that should perhaps be avoided or found alternatives too. You could always write in to the brands and voice your concerns. Tea Bags – If you buy in bulk, tea-bags are a lot more environmentally friendly. This way you get more tea bag and less packaging. I find the smaller the package the more layers they tend to use. Outrageous! I bought a pack of 10 bags the other day and not only did it have… read more