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Foam Corps

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg has—as with any such initiative—incurred the plaudits of some, and the ire of others for his proposed phase-out of foam food packaging. (Personally, I would be all in favor of banning those packing noodles, but for reasons that have nothing to do with the environment.) This ...

Consider the Box

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Over at Packaging World, a consideration of the pluses and minuses of the use of recycled paper fiber in corrugated boxes. First of all, as the author points out, corrugated boxes made from 100% virgin fiber are pretty non-existent, but what is the optimal percentage of post-consumer fiber? It could be ...

Brazil Fast Food Chain Debuts Edible Packaging

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

What is one food way of solving the problem of discarded fast food wrappers and other packaging materials? Why yes: make them edible. Via Two Sides UK, this is exactly what Bob’s, a fast food chain in Brazil has done. (Wait: there is a fast food chain in Brazil called ...

NJ to Charge for Shopping Bags

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

New Jersey has become the latest to either ban or charge a fee for paper and plastic bags. Like other places (like Washington, DC, to name one) stores will add a five-cent surcharge to purchases if the customer requests a bag, but will grant a five-cent rebate if they bring their ...

Student Packaging Design Competition Now Open

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

That is, packaging designed by students, not packaging designed to put students in. Anyway, the Southeastern Chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) has announced that their 4th Annual “48 Hour Re-Pack” Student Packaging Design Competition is now open. The competition “was created as a forum to highlight the skills ...

Survey Says! Sustainability Is Top Trend in Packaging

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

A new study conducted by Packaging World and DuPont, 2012 Survey of Packaging Trends, surveyed 500 industry professionals to find out what the driving forces, emerging and longterm trends in packaging are, and, according to 59% of respondents, “cost” is (shocking!) the primary factor driving the industry. That said, via ...

The Mariners Go Nuts

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

If you’re a baseball fan—or, more specifically, a Seattle Mariners fan—you now have something else to cheer: the team has started selling peanuts in fully compostable packaging. Last week, the first 10,000 fans to arrive at the game against the Red Sox received a free packet of peanuts in the ...

Unisource Acquires Pakit

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Unisource Worldwide announced late last week that its Unisource Global Solutions division has completed the asset acquisition of Pakit Sweden AB, which is a leading international developer of molded fiber solutions for the packaging industry. Says a company press release, via the Mother Ship: The acquisition by Unisource includes the purchase ...

There’s a Fungus Among Us: Dell’s New Packaging Options

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Back in the early 1990s, when your blogger was working as a research assistant to a popular math and science question-and-answer columnist, one reader wrote in and helpfully asked, “Why can’t we dump Styrofoam packaging peanuts into the San Andreas Fault to help prevent earthquakes?” (My response would have been, ...

A Tale of Two Packages

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

From across the pond, Printweek reports the results of a study commissioned by SIG Combibloc and conducted by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) that comprised a life cycle analysis of 1,000 milliliter (mL) cartons vs. high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles to gauge their respective ...