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Why Nestlé, Unilever & PepsiCo are Banning Oxo-degradable Plastic Packaging

by Bridget O'Donnell | February 1, 2018 | 2 Comments |

Originally marketed as an eco-friendly packaging material, new evidence regarding the potentially negative impact of oxo-degradable plastics has led a number of companies and governments to restrict their use.

More than 150 companies and global organizations, including Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo, have recently endorsed a total ban on the material in light of its potentially negative environmental impact.

Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, which includes select plastic pouch bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution because it claims to degrade into harmless residues within a period ranging from a few months to several years. However, oxo-degradable plastics do not degrade into harmless residues, but instead, fragment into tiny shards of plastic that actually contribute to plastic pollution.

Often, consumers think that because a material is biodegradable, it can be composted or even littered on the ground, because, it is thought, the material will break down into nothing over time. This actually ends up leading to an increase in pollution, since consumers don’t end up recycling or repurposing the material, and misconceptions about how the plastic will degrade leads them to end up putting it back into landfills.

What is important to note in this case is that although oxo-degradable plastics are biodegradable, being biodegradable does not necessarily mean that a material is eco-friendly. Although these plastics do break down over time, the tiny pieces they break down into are still plastics that contribute to pollution — they do not degrade into nothing or into another usable substance.

For companies looking to make the switch to sustainable packaging, it is important to consider that sustainable packaging does not necessarily mean biodegradable packaging, and vice versa.

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Why New FDA Guidelines Could Bring Big Changes to Pet Food Packaging

by Bridget O'Donnell | January 26, 2018 | 1 Comment | Pet Product Packaging

Today’s consumers are demanding transparency and accountability from all types of products, and pet food is no exception.

Greater scrutiny over pet food ingredients, and an increasing demand for responsibility, sustainability and complete transparency from pet food manufacturers is driving change within the industry. As the consumer demand for “clean” pet food labeling evolves as a major topic within the world of pet packaging, FDA guidelines are shifting.

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What California Cannabrands Must Know About New Exit Bag Requirements

by Bridget O'Donnell | January 23, 2018 | 0 Comments | Non Food Packaging

With sales that began Jan. 1, the cannabis industry in California is in the process of transitioning to a state-regulated cannabis market, which brings with it a number of new rules and regulations for cannabis retailers.

Under the state’s new rules, all cannabis purchases must be packaged in child-resistant exit bags and opaque containers. The burden of this change in standards is falling largely on retailers, many of whom are struggling to stay compliant in the wake of the state’s rapidly changing regulations. The new rules require all retail cannabis that leaves a store to be contained in these opaque exit bags, a requirement also enacted in states like Oregon and Colorado.

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Product Packaging Design Trends: 2018 Forecast

by Bridget O'Donnell | January 17, 2018 | 1 Comment | Custom Printed Flexible Packaging

As 2018 begins, many in the packaging industry are wondering what retail packaging trends are set to be popular this year, and equally, what trends we’ll be saying goodbye to in 2018.

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From Capri Sun to Cabernet: Alcohol Packaging Design for the 21st Century

by Bridget O'Donnell | January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments | Liquid and Spouted Packaging

Many people are familiar with Capri Sun, a juice drink packaged in a foil pouch that includes a straw for drinking the product straight out of the package.

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REVIEW: Kim Kardashian’s KKW Beauty Packaging Fails to Communicate Luxury

by Bridget O'Donnell | January 2, 2018 | 3 Comments | Non Food Packaging

With the launch of Kim Kardashian’s recent cosmetics line, KKW Beauty, many consumers are taking to the internet to vent their frustrations over Kim’s lack of attention to detail.

Carrying a price tag that should put them more in line with luxury beauty products, the KKW Beauty line falls short in a number of ways, packaging being a major one. Besides being expensive, difficult to use and low quality, consumers are calling attention to the brand’s lackluster beauty packaging, which is a problem that could easily have been avoided with some careful attention to detail and a better packaging partner.

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Adding Convenience to Busy Mornings with McCormick's New Custom Printed Pouches

by Bridget O'Donnell | December 26, 2017 | 1 Comment | Food Packaging

The familiar spice retailer McCormick has recently introduced a series of new breakfast slow-cooker seasoning packets to their offerings.

Packaged in brightly colored custom printed pouches, the seasoning packets also include recipes for their use. The seasoning packets are directly in line with McCormick’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint, while also creating innovative new solutions for flavoring food in today’s fast-paced world.

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Why Natural Food Packaging Can Help Local Brands Get Into Kroger

by Bridget O'Donnell | December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments | Food Packaging

Ohio grocery brand Kroger recently turned heads in the grocery world by hosting a first-of-its-kind Natural Innovation Summit at its headquarters in Cincinnati.

The summit is a new food marketing strategy that brought more than 50 natural food brands directly to Kroger category managers as part of a larger set of the grocery chain’s initiatives to integrate more natural foods into its stores.

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Pointless vs. Purposeful Product Package Designs

by Bridget O'Donnell | December 14, 2017 | 0 Comments | Custom Printed Flexible Packaging

Innovation is a key part of any brand’s success, especially now, as the world moves toward a more complex, global marketplace that demands sustainability from companies of all kinds.

Product packaging is just one facet that companies looking to stay current will need to consider as they navigate consumers' rapidly changing expectations. Buyers today demand packaging that is convenient, eco-friendly and well-designed, which means some traditional packaging methods are starting to look more problematic than they are practical.

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What the Future Holds for Cannabrands and Child Resistant Packaging

by Bridget O'Donnell | December 12, 2017 | 0 Comments | Non Food Packaging

There’s no doubt the cannabis market is currently experiencing a major boom, which is set to continue to the tune of around 20 percent per year.

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