As Seattle became the first city in the US to ban plastic straws this summer, the concern over single use plastics and non-biodegradable packaging is growing fast. Social media feeds are inundated with scenes of marine animals struggling through debris, and islands made up of trash are swirling in the oceans. It’s pretty hard to change habits once they are formed, and in a busy world convenience usually wins out over concerns for environmental sustainability. But these 7 products are leading the way to innovate eco packaging, and maybe reduce some trash in our landfills while they’re at it.
1. Seaweed based packaging
This slippery green stuff is an extremely versatile material and can be used for more than just the wrapping for your sushi. Evoware is a company that takes advantage of this substance, and by collaborating with seaweed farmers they have been able to develop a packaging material that is 100% biodegradable. The packaging dissolves in warm water, leaving behind no trace (and can even act as a natural fertilizer for plants!). Without any preservatives their material has a shelf life of two years, which is pretty good for a packaging solution that is completely organic.
2) Biodegradable rice fiber utensils
Next time you host a birthday party or family cookout, take stock of all of the paper and plastic materials that get thrown into the trash. When organizing big events like these it’s always easier to simply throw things away then spend hours washing plastic utensils. Luckily, this scenario finally has an eco-friendly solution. “Free The Seed” utensils are created by Australian based DB packaging and are made from organic materials. The materials dissolve naturally when they are disposed, regardless of soil conditions. The packaging is 100% organic and is made from post- harvest rice fiber, which makes use of a substance that would otherwise be discarded. The cost saving materials are inexpensive to make and are the perfect solution for those concerned with waste.
3) Paper soap bottles
When we think of a liquid item like hand soap or shampoo we usually imagine it to be in a plastic container. It's only logical- isn’t it? But new innovators have developed a way to make bottles out of recycled newspaper and cardboard, lined on the inside with a layer of very thin recycled plastic to hold the liquids. Lots of companies are catching on to this new design, including L’Oreal who created a water resistant paper bottle that uses an interlocking design rather than glue to hold it together.
4) Newspaper egg carton
Nasty Styrofoam egg cartons can never be broken down once they are introduced to the environment, so it’s better to avoid them when possible. Marian Obando did just that when she developed a method to hold free-range eggs with one strip of newspaper. The paper is folded into a way that secures the eggs and prevents them from cracking against each other, and a strip of cardboard in the middle holds everything in place.
5) Soap packaging you can plant
Organic soap is a real treat, but one that can sour when you throw away the packaging only to realize that it is made from plastic or other materials that don’t biodegrade. That’s why Pangea Organics developed a way to incorporate organic seeds like thyme or basil into the boxes of their 100% plant based soaps. All you have to do to plant your own herb garden is slip off the label, soak the box in water and plant it in the earth.
6) Bag-free takeout
The next time you order late night hot wings to the house during a midnight craving, imagine it arriving in these neat to-go boxes! Joann Arellos invented these boxes in an effort to create a sustainable and efficient way to transport delivery food. No need for plastic bags and Styrofoam containers, these boxes are made from cardboard are held together with a series of cords.
7) Edible coffee cups
Are you the type of coffee drinker who craves a bite of something sweet alongside your morning brew? This edible cup from KFC might be the perfect packaging for you. The cups are made from sugar cookies, with a coating on the inside of heat resistant chocolate. The paper on the outside is also made from sugar, and is printed with edible ink. The idea is that as the chocolate coating melts the customer can eat the cup, enjoying their coffee and their sweet treat all in one (and leaving zero waste behind).
We love to see the many ideas that are out there, and the changes that are being made to the packaging industry! At SSI packaging industry, we are always thinking about the future. Our experts can guide you towards making the right choices for your packaging needs, and help you increase your eco-friendliness by streamlining your process.
For any questions feel free to contact at (804) 649-1111 to speak with a representative or view our products to find out more.
SSI Packaging Group has joined with Sealed Air to celebrate National Bubble Wrap Day, 2019! That’s right, today is the day you can be free and pop all of those little bubbles 1 by 1 and not annoy your co-workers. Well, ok, maybe not. Plus, with the great products from Sealed Air, you may not even be able to pop them at all. Bubble Wrap has improved throughout the years. Product protection is serious business, especially when you’re product needs to be delivered safely to your customers. SSI Packaging Group has all kinds of Product Packaging solutions utilizing Bubble Wrap and other various packaging materials. The product packaging solutions by Sealed Air and SSI Packaging group help you save money and protect your products.
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Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day, first celebrated in 2001, is recognized on the last Monday in January each year. In recent years, Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day has reached new heights, from setting the Guinness World Record for "the most people popping Bubble Wrap® at one time," to unveiling the Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day Hall of Fame and inducting first-ever Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day Hall of Famer Eric Buss and his Bubble Wrap® Bike.
This iconic packaging material, invented in Hawthorne, New Jersey back in 1957, has become a cultural icon celebrated by millions around the globe. The originally intended use for Bubble Wrap® was entirely different than how it is used today. Inventors Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding originally developed a plastic they hoped to market as textured wallpaper. When that idea did not take off, the inventors began to have some success marketing the product as a greenhouse insulator.
Chavannes then realized that Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning could be used as an improvement from paper and old newspapers for cushioning fragile items. Once the opportunity was identified, the inventors worked hard on the manufacturing process or Bubble Wrap® cushioning in an effort to create an ideal packaging material. After a lot of tinkering, they developed a special, proprietary barrier protection which prevented air from leaking and resulted in the crisp "Pop" that Bubble Wrap® brand is famous for.
SSI Packaging Group has provided Bubble Wrap® to small and large businesses throughout RIC. We have Bubble Wrap® in stock today for pickup or delivery. Just give us a call at 804.649.1111 to order your gigantic roll of bubble fun! (or a truck load for your warehouse operations). Our shipping and packaging experts
Have you ever found yourself struggling to open a plastic container, frustrated at the seemingly impossible task at hand? Or untwisting thousands of wire twist-ties from your child’s new toy while they wait impatiently in the background? This kind of packaging has cause headaches for decades, and for a good reason. Not only is it annoying to have to deal with the extra pieces of material that are included in your packages as a consumer, but also from a business perspective these parts are a needless expense. They require more time for assembly, and can cost your business more in the long term by complicating the shipping process. Recently, companies have streamlined their processes by switching to a method of packaging called frustration free packaging. In this article we break down exactly what this kind of packaging is, and how your business could benefit from the switch.
Frustration Free Packaging, or FFP, is any packaging at arrives at the distributor with no additional preparation required in order for the package to proceed to delivery. FFP’s do not require additional boxes, and the vendor gets to keep their brand on the outside of the shipment. This type of packaging was originally developed by Amazon in order to address the growing need for sustainable packaging. They hoped to create a type of packaging that could optimize the customer experience by minimizing environmental impact, while at the same time cutting the overall packaging costs. By reducing the sizes, excess materials and unnecessary components of packaging, Amazon has been able to eliminate more than 500 million boxes and more than 244,000 tons of excess packaging materials in less than ten years. In fact, the program was so successful in 2017 that they reduced their overall packaging waste by 16%, which is the equivalent of 305 million shipping containers. This reduction of waste is good not only for the planet, but also for the bottom line of distributors looking to reduce costs.
Frustration Free Packaging is more than a trend in packaging, and is quickly becoming an industry standard. If you are seeking to gain the many benefits of this method you can rest assured that it offers many benefits to both suppliers and customers. By shipping items in a box that is perfectly sized for the objects weight and shape, less damage will occur to items during transit. FFP also has the benefit of streamlining your logistics process. The smaller boxes will be easier and faster to construct, meaning smoother assembly for the distributors and the newly designed packages will be easier for the customers to deconstruct. The environmental impact of FFP’s is clear when considering how this style eliminates the need for extra materials like fillers or tapes. And these compact packages also have less volume, which is a great benefit considering most carriers price shipments based upon DIM weight (a shipping pricing technique that bases prices upon the weight and volume of a package). The boxes are stackable and are excellent shapes for bulk shipments, which simplify the supply chain and allows for more items to be shipped at once.
FFP’s is the cost effective and environmentally friendly wave of the future. Despite the initial costs that would be incurred from switching over to this type of packaging, the benefits seem to outweigh these costs in a big way. At SSI Packaging Group we are a select team of experts that are dedicated to personalized care. For more information on Frustration Free Packaging methods, or for any questions regarding your specific needs Call us at (804) 649-1111 to speak with a representative or view our products to find out more.