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What LEGO’s Sustainable Packaging Teaches Us About Overseas Innovation

by Brittany Nader | February 7, 2018 | 0 Comments | Non Food Packaging

Since 1949, children across the globe have fawned over tiny, plastic, interlocking bricks.

LEGOs are a not only a classic toy but a staple in many households. Many kids beg their parents to take them to the majestic LEGOLAND, an amusement park where all their wishes and dreams could come true.

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

by Bridget O'Donnell | February 1, 2018 | 1 Comment |

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 | 0 Comments | 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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Why You Need to Rethink Your Product Packaging NOW

by David Marinac | January 5, 2018 | 0 Comments | Supply Chain Management

CPG companies in North America (the United States, in particular) need to take a long hard look at their success at the retail store level and, for once, consider the effect their packaging is having on that success (or lack thereof).  

Just one walk down a local grocery aisle, or even a major retailer like Walmart, and we are overwhelmed with The Sea of the Same™ — the same folding cartons, cereal boxes and yes… stand up pouches, just printed differently, of course.

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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 | 0 Comments | 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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Reduce Packaging Waste This Holiday Season with Stand Up Pouches

by Brittany Nader | December 23, 2017 | 0 Comments | Non Food Packaging

The winter holiday season is in full swing, and it’s no secret that excess is the name of the game this time of year.

Consumers — young adults in particular — are increasing their gift purchasing this holiday season, with a reported 46 percent of shoppers 18-24 years old saying they plan to spend more on presents this year. Retail sales through the end of the year are projected to increase to roughly four percent, totaling approximately $679 billion dollars.

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