Inside Sustainable Packaging

17 Dec 2010 Green Packaging Group Welcomes Excellent Packaging & Supply

Green Packaging Group We are very pleased to be able to now include the terrific, biodegradable food service products Excellent Packaging offers on our www.greenpackaginggroup.com web site. The B2B product directory we are building is far from complete but we feel like we have taken a giant step forward by adding a quality supplier in this crucial area of disposable food service packaging. Excellent Packaging is a full member, so their president Allen King will now also be a featured author on the expert blog we provide our visitors. His first post is up and I encourage you to visit the site and learn more about Allen, his company and their products. You can also learn more about our new sustainable teammate on this press release.
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16 Nov 2010 Green Packaging Solutions for Fast Rising Plastics Prices

A few months ago, we warned you that the corrugated industry was attempting to push through their third price increase of this calendar year. The market softened, and enough customers complained that the third increase planned for 2010 was “postponed indefinitely.” Now we have a similar situation developing on most plastic packaging products. The “Plastics Are Made From Foreign Oil” Myth According to industry experts, more than 70% of plastic packaging products are made of resin that is made from domestic, natural gas, and NOT from foreign oil as many believe. Having said that, a little surge in winter resin pricing is considered normal, but this has been a steady, year-long climb. What is happening here is not related to the seasonal fluctuations of the same natural gas product used for heating many of our businesses and homes during the winter. To the contrary, in 2010 we have seen several increases on almost every plastic packaging product with no price downturn at all. The several increases we have seen this year appear to be related to “high feedstock prices, strong resin exports and unplanned outages.”  Translated into simple English, much like the paper and other industries, there is too little raw/base material manufacturing competition, creating an environment where price can be controlled by a handful of very large corporations. There is nothing illegal or perhaps even unethical about that; it is basic business 101 – control the supply and you control the price.
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09 Nov 2010 Green Solutions for Interior, Protective and Retention Packaging

Bi-fold die cut insertNo matter what you call it, it is the packaging that is inside the box being shipped. Its usual purpose is to immobilize and/or separate the product(s) being packed to prevent shipping damage. Today, we all have a wide variety of eco friendly material options including molded pulp, biodegradable air inflatable plastic products, a fast growing selection of renewable bio foams, paperboard and corrugated partitions, as well as die cut corrugated solutions. Over the course of the next few weeks I will be spotlighting some of the newest and most innovative ideas available to the green minded shipper. The Application Still Determines the Best Solution As you have probably heard me say before, in almost any possible area of packaging, it all begins with a good application review and analysis. Beware of any supplier that has only one solution to offer because they are obviously forced to make their one and only solution work, whether or not it is truly the best for your needs. An application review is typically fairly basic and usually begins with these five important questions: 1.    What is being shipped? Are we talking about one heavy retail display unit per box or a dozen glass bottles of an expensive health supplement? 2.    How is it being shipped? A case shipping individually via UPS, FedEx or USPS, or cases stacked on a wooden pallet shipping to major retailer’s DC? 3.     How many are being shipped? Is this a onetime need to pack 300 units for a promotion or are a million packages being shipped over the course of the next few months? 4.    Where and how is the product currently being damaged in shipment? Usually we are called in to fix a design that has already being proven deficient. 5.    How important is the green factor to you and your customers? Will they accept a plastic or foam solution, or do we have to work with paper based products?
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04 Nov 2010 Sustainable Packaging One Stop Shop

Air LiftsMost of our customers are familiar with our web store, Globe Guard Products.com, where they can buy a variety of green packaging products to satisfy their packaging and shipping needs. What many don’t realize is how good we are on custom packaging, how many different packaging types we offer and/or our design capabilities. A “Cool” Product and a Perfect Example Air Lifts is a new product created by our good customer and friend, Kingdom LED, Inc. Their simple but incredibly effective invention makes it possible for electronic devices to be raised, permitting better air circulation under the item, keeping the electronics from overheating and thereby improving efficiency and extending the life of the components.
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21 Oct 2010 Globe Guard Paper Mailer Envelopes – Now Reusable!

Reusable packaging in every form is more popular than ever, and now our paper mailers are reusable too. These heavy duty paper mailers are available gussetted and custom printed but now they can also be manufactured to be easily used a second time.Globe Guard paper mailers Why Globe Guard Paper Mailers? For green minded customers who will not accept plastic products, Globe Guard 50% recycled content paper mailers have been a very effective way to mail or ship relatively flat products such as books, photos, etc. The gussetted, three-dimensional mailer envelopes are ideal for thicker, bulky soft goods like tee shirts and reusable bags. Even though they are paper, they offer enough water resistance for most applications and are strong enough to hold up through USPS, FedEx or UPS shipping.
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19 Oct 2010 Can Packaging Aids and Dispensers be Sustainable?

Stretch film dispenserSome people are surprised to go to our green packaging web store and find a section devoted to a selection of packaging dispensers. After all, how does a piece of hardware fit into the whole idea of sustainability, eco friendliness or being just plain green? Different Packaging Dispensers for Different Jobs We are very experienced in packaging equipment, ranging from high-speed vertical and horizontal bagging systems to shrink wrappers able to run in excess of 100 packages per minute. However, on our Globe Guard products web store we focus on just a handful of low-cost, non-powered dispensers designed to make life easier, minimize labor and reduce repetitive motion or other injuries. They are also designed to use less of the consumable packaging product they are dispensing and that is green indeed. Here is a simple description and recap:
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09 Sep 2010 The New eBay Reusable Box – Not Perfect but a Timely Idea

eBay's new Re-useable Box The new box that eBay has created for their customers to reuse is an excellent concept and it could not come at a better time. People are more focused than ever before on all of the “three R’s” of sustainability,” but especially the one I often refer to as “the other R” or “the forgotten R,” which is “reuse.” Don’t be surprised however if it is not necessarily accepted and heralded in the packaging community as it already has been in green circles. Even though I agree it is a great idea whose time has come, it also is a perfect example of how difficult it is to create a truly green package. What’s Wrong with the eBay Reusable Box?
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