Sustainable Products

12 Mar 2009 Slash Box Sealing Tape Usage with a New Corrugated Box Style and L-Clips

Here's good news for a struggling economy - sustainable packaging should never involve spending more money. Quite often, making secondary packaging more eco friendly is simply a matter of taking advantage of old ideas. Box sealing tape is a good example. Most shippers use an RSC style corrugated box and use multiple strips of paper or plastic box sealing tape to secure it for shipment. Because an RSC box has two flaps that meet in the center of the box along its length dimension, a good deal of tape is required for the job. But what if, instead of an RSC, you used a full overlap (FOL) box or a tuck-in folder? Pictured below is a tuck folder. An FOL is similar in concept, only the flap doesn't tuck in. tuck-corrugated-mailers-from-globe-guard With these box styles, one or more "L-Clips" of filament tape can be used to seal the box for shipment. Not only does the L-Clip sealing method reduce packaging material use, it speeds up the case sealing process and is easier for the recipient to open.
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03 Mar 2009 Can Your Water Activated Tape Dispenser Make a Sustainable Difference?

Sustainability in packaging is not just about recyclability, recycled content or the carbon footprint left behind by the manufacturer of the particular packaging product. Especially in today’s tough economy it is increasingly about using less. People who follow this blog know we are big fans of paper - a prime example is water activated tape, because it is very recyclable and makes the corrugated box it is applied to even greener. In addition compared to plastic tape, it usually does a better job of securing the box closed for storage or shipment, with less tape used! We believe the selection of a water activated tape dispenser is a critical decision that has long term consequences both in terms of labor, and packaging material usage. Customers and prospects are often surprised by the cost difference between a good manual WAT dispenser and an electric one. We offer one of the best in each category, competitively priced at $395 for the manual unit and $995 for the high efficiency electric model. What’s the Difference?
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12 Feb 2009 Take Box Sealing Tape to Extremes for Sustainable Packaging

paper box sealing tapesThe standard width of pressure sensitive box sealing tape is 48 mm (2"). The standard width of paper box sealing tape is 72 mm (3").  These standards are both compromises, and as a result, they lead to an unnecessarily high amount of packaging material entering the waste stream. Extreme Pressure Sensitive Tape Solutions 1. For machine applied PST applications, use 36 mm (1-3/4") wide tape. Unless the box is particularly heavy and/or subject to rough shipping conditions, the reduced width will not compromise box integrity. When in doubt, test. It is worth the time to test, though - the payoff is a 12% reduction in the amount of material entering the waste stream.
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05 Feb 2009 Sustainable Packaging Update 2 – Cornerboard

cornerboard Cornerboard is that L shaped laminated paper board product usually placed on the vertical corners and or possibly on the horizontal top corners of a strapped or stretch wrapped pallet. Some may wonder why we chose that particular “ancillary packaging” product to highlight on a blog focused of sustainability but cornerboard is indeed functional, and offers benefits in several key areas. Even though it usually results in a better looking, “squarer” pallet of product, it is anything but decorative or excessive. We believe corner board can be very sustainable in its construction and in its use. Reducing Corrugated with Eco Friendly Cornerboard? Customers are often able to substantially reduce the thickness (and cost) of their boxes by adding cornerboard to their pallets. Board weight of corrugated boxes is usually determined by the “worst case” scenario, even though those challenging circumstances (for example, double stacking of pallets) do not always occur. Why not use a lighter board for your boxes and add the support with corner board when it truly is necessary?
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03 Feb 2009 Eco Friendly Packages through Packaging Automation

shrink wrap machineIf you are shipping any quantity of merchandise it all, packaging automation is worth taking a look at. Automatic corrugated case sealers, shrink wrappers, and stretch wrappers are excellent places to start. Besides the many sustainable packaging benefits of automation, you may find that equipment will -
  • Reduce labor and improve ergonomics
  • Increase throughput
  • Produce more attractive packages
  • Improve tamper evidence
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27 Jan 2009 Sustainable Packaging Update – Inflatable Void Fill Solutions

inflatable void fill The above photo from one of our best vendors, Automated Packaging Systems, is a personal favorite because so rarely does a picture truly demonstrate a product benefit as well as this one. The message of course is that the box of inflatable void fill is the equivalent to the bags of packing peanuts behind the model. Translate that into shipping cost and effectiveness, as well as carbon footprint and you have an overwhelmingly positive advantage for inflatable void fill. Sustainable Packaging Must Be Application Driven Readers, customers and vendors know we offer a wide variety of void fill products because the great range and diversity of applications demands it. What you ship, how you ship, where you ship, and how much you ship are all important factors to consider. I believe however that from a green packaging perspective, the majority of people would agree the most eco friendly void fill solution is probably any form of paper. What’s not to like? It is relatively low cost, dense for shipping and storage purposes, compostable, recyclable, and typically made from recycled materials. There are only three reasons why some customers avoid paper:
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22 Jan 2009 The Sustainable Case for Plastic Box Sealing Tapes

globe guard plastic box sealing tapesCan Plastic Box Sealing Tapes Be Eco-Friendly? From a sustainable packaging perspective, when you manufacture a packaging product made from plastic, you come to market with two - or maybe three - strikes against you. Still, polypropylene box sealing tapes continue to be popular, even if shippers are buying them reluctantly. Here are some key points from an article from the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council that makes the environmental case for its products. Source reduction - It takes less plastic tape material than paper tape material to seal a box, reducing shipping and disposal/recycling costs.
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20 Jan 2009 Sustainable Reasons to Use Paper Box Sealing Tape

globe guard printed paper box sealing tapes We have been very successful recently helping customers convert from plastic to paper box sealing tape, especially custom printed paper tape. These conversions are usually quite painless after the customer invests in a good water activated tape dispenser and concludes that 3” wide paper tape is NOT necessarily more expensive because it is wider, than the obviously narrower 2” plastic tape they are accustomed to using. How to Compare Radically Different Packaging Tapes The normal tendency when comparing paper to plastic tape cost is to determine a common unit of cost for easy comparison. Since plastic tape is sold in cases of rolls that usually specify yards per roll and paper tape is typically sold in cases of rolls that are measured in feet per roll, a little math is required, but very little. It is relatively easy to arrive at a cost per foot for both tapes but that is only part of the story. The real cost is yet to be determined because the person using the products rarely uses the same amount of both products.
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