Sustainable Products

27 Jul 2010 Green Packaging – A B2B Resource to Cut Through the Green Clutter Online

[caption id="attachment_1647" align="alignnone" width="425" caption="New! B2B Green Packaging Directory"][/caption] Most will agree that there is an incredible proliferation of green products and suppliers on the internet and this is especially true in the area of green, eco-friendly packaging products. Sorting through the results on any key word product search is overwhelming because you have located thousands of potential suppliers but are they: • Truly green? • Cost Competitive? • The best product option? • Available with any form of knowledgeable support? Find what you need while saving time and money! With the help of a few, exceptional sustainability focused packaging companies; we are very pleased to announce the launch of a new website at Our partners and charter members in this new venture are Nashville Wraps, the leader in sustainable packaging for the gift and retail packaging market, Eco Bags, one of the oldest and greenest packaging companies in America, and Distant Village, a pioneer and leading supplier of socially responsible, eco friendly handmade, custom packaging. Add these companies and products to the custom packaging products of Salazar Packaging and the stock green packaging products offered by Globe Guard Products, and you have the widest variety of green products and solutions available through one internet site. What you will find at What this site offers you as an eco minded professional buyer is: • An easy to use product index to help you locate and connect with affordable and authentic green packaging suppliers able to help you accomplish your packaging sustainability goals. • The start of a reference library of information in blog form, to guide you to the best product or process choice for your specific application. Each blog post is written by industry leaders able to provide you valuable “what to use and how to use it” advice for any business environment.
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16 Jul 2010 Packaging Equipment Activity – A Reason to be Optimistic

[caption id="attachment_1616" align="alignnone" width="375" caption="Shrink Wrap Sealer and Tunnel"][/caption] We are so focused on sustainable packaging and that is obviously what we are best known for, but we also happen to be one of the most experienced packaging equipment suppliers in the industry. Our products include shrink wrapping systems, pallet wrapping equipment, bagging and bundling systems, case closure equipment and a wide variety of conveyors, feeders, placers and other production enhancing hardware. The Economic Indicator We Look At I am glad to report we are having an excellent equipment month. We have multiple orders from multiple customers in different industries and that is extremely encouraging considering the spotty equipment sales we’ve experienced for almost two years. This is also significant because July is historically not a good month for equipment orders. If you believe (and I have for over 35 years) that equipment sales always precede and drive material sales, this is one of the most encouraging economic signs we have seen in a while. We have been doing this too long to become giddy over one single good month of equipment sales but here are a few more positive signs to consider:
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17 Jun 2010 Globe Guard Reusable Boxes Are Ideal for Reusable or Reprintable Banners, Posters and Signs

[caption id="attachment_1530" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="The Globe Guard Reusable Box"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1532" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Ideal for Banners"][/caption]Even in the day of electronic media, we are still constantly bombarded by printed promotional messages because they work. Our attention is caught by the window sign introducing a new product, a poster announcing a sale, or a banner proclaiming a grand opening of a new location. What all of these have in common is that they are temporary and unfortunately, usually discarded after their brief use. That is a tremendous waste of resources, including ink and substrate such as paper, plastic or even canvas. The Good Green News What is most encouraging is the fact that retail operations and printers are beginning to see this unnecessary waste and avoidable expense. The focus is shifting to “washable” inks and reusable substrates so that the same sign, banner or poster material can be used over and over with no deterioration of image quality. Neat stuff! Especially if your retail marketing plan includes a quarterly “Going Out of Business Sale” and you like a new look for each “Once in a Lifetime” event. How the Globe Guard Reusable Box Can Help Reclaiming and reusing that banner or sign is not difficult if you have a store or two. But what if your sale or promotion includes 2,300 retail locations scattered around the country? Think about all of the waste and cost that creates, as well as the potential confusion if they were returned to a reclaim or reverse logistics facility?
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11 May 2010 Mills Gone Wild or How to Play Safely in a Fast Rising Market

What may sound like a story about intoxicated college students on Spring Break is really not that at all. It is about a paper and corrugated box industry that has just announced a second, substantial price increase in less than four months. It’s definitely not fun and the only “wild and craziness” involved here is an effort to try to keep up and minimize fast rising product costs, while many of our customers resist increases and are simply working hard to survive.

Are the Paper and Corrugated Increases Justified?

My personal opinion is no, they are probably not but then again who knows. As a non-manufacturing distributor of corrugated products, our largest competitor is but a flea in the overall market and scope of an industry that measure sales in terms of tons and billions of dollars. There is a lot of industry talk about expired government subsidies, a shoot out between two major mills with the rest of us as innocent bystanders caught in the cross fire and of course the ability of the industry to control pricing by controlling output and production. The week of January 22nd Pulp & Paper reported an increase of $50 per ton on liner board and the end result was an increase on corrugated boxes that ranged from 6 to almost as much as 10% depending on the manufacturer. This most recent increase announced the week of April 23rd of $60 per ton, is likely have a similar impact in terms of increase percentage on box pricing.
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06 May 2010 Can Retail Packaging Be Attractive, Unique and Green?

[caption id="attachment_1428" align="alignnone" width="425" caption="Candle Packaging Designs for Every Need - and Budget"][/caption] Retail packaging can be attractive, unique and green - and we have helped many companies create packaging that is eye catching and eco friendly. For example, it’s not easy to stand out in a highly competitive market such as candles, where appearance is every bit as important as recycled content or recyclability, but we provide our customers with options and combinations that few other companies have to offer.

Green Packaging Must be Cost Competitive, Too

We understand that everyone has a price point they have to target depending on where and how they sell their product and of course, manufacturing costs, including ingredients. Packaging costs and appearance requirements differ greatly for products selling over the internet or at a green fair, versus products retailing at a high end boutique. That is why we specialize in designing to the acceptable cost and will usually offer our design clients a variety of options, different looks and varying costs. Everyone’s needs are unique as is our custom retail, eco friendly packaging.

Wide Range of Solutions because of our Wide Range of Products

Most suppliers represent a manufacturer and have one type of product to offer. Corrugated box suppliers rarely sell paperboard (folding carton) packaging and the opposite is true as well. Neither is likely to offer a paper tube design, even if it happens to be the best option for the customer and application. The benefit of working with a resource like us is that we are able to not only offer all substrate options, we can provide combinations of material that no one else will ever suggest. Different bases, bodies and lids can sometimes be used to minimize costs and create a truly unique package.

One Example of Unique Variety and Flexibility

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04 May 2010 Short or Single Run Packaging Solution – Think Digital Printing

We are very fortunate to work with many new companies or companies with new products requiring green packaging. In many cases however the initial run is relatively short and when or if the job will ever run again is unknown. We also have a number of clients who do promotional type work who know their job is never going to repeat. Biggest packaging hurdles and expenses – Plates, dies and set up costs It is not unusual for a tooling and plate cost to run into thousands of dollars depending on the type of print, number of colors and the design of the package being run. That makes it cost prohibitive for many companies, so they resort to labels or other ways of branding their products. The end result often times puts them at a competitive disadvantage in terms of package appearance when consumers are comparing their product to others on the retail shelf or over the internet. The other factor that comes into play is set up costs and that is what usually makes short runs so expensive. It is the combination of expensive plates, tooling and long set up times being amortized over smaller quantities. Keep in mind the set up time for two thousand printed shipping or retail display boxes is virtually the same as for a two million piece job. Unfortunately the end result is that the highest per unit prices are being paid by the companies who can least afford them. Digital printing on almost any packaging substrate Almost any grade or type of plastic or paper material can be digitally printed with virtually any copy and number of colors. Plastic substrates can include polyethylene, polypropylene and even foam board. Paper substrates can be any grade of paperboard or corrugated and they can be printed on white for sharper colors or on natural brown for a more muted effect and a greener end result. The image below shows the difference. While the poster version on the left is brighter, the softer tones on the right are very popular and desirable today for green products and consumers. [caption id="attachment_1423" align="alignnone" width="425" caption="Left: Printing on white board. Right: Printing on brown board."][/caption]
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29 Apr 2010 The Many Faces of Reusable Shipping Containers

It is great to see a surge of interest in reusable packaging in many different forms and faces; some very familiar and others, brand new. A few of the traditional containers include everything from drums, bins, trays and totes made from metal, plastic and even heavy wall corrugated configurations. At Salazar Packaging and Globe Guard® Products, we offer some of the newest reusable packaging solutions that are available in the sustainable packaging market. These include: [caption id="attachment_1410" align="alignnone" width="300"] Globe Guard 100% PCW Shipping Boxes[/caption]

Custom Globe Guard Corrugated Boxes

Many people have a difficult time thinking of corrugated boxes, especially 100% PCW boxes, as reusable but we are now engineering boxes for multiple use. Increasing the board weight from a standard 32 ECT to a single wall 44 ECT typically adds less that 10% to the cost but may enable the box to be reused many times depending on the application. We are also able to apply different eco friendly coatings to the inside and outside of the container to help it extend its useful life by increasing its resistance to oils, moisture, etc. These same coatings also help the box to hold up better cosmetically, improving the possibility it will be reused without negatively impacting its biodegradability, compostability or recyclability. [caption id="attachment_1411" align="alignnone" width="360"] Globe Guard Reusable Boxes[/caption]

Custom Globe Guard Reusable Boxes

If you have not seen the new patent pending Globe Guard® Reusable Box, it offers all of the above flexibility and advantages with one, additional, very unique feature of being able to easily provide two distinct looks with different printing on the inside and outside. When the box is inverted inside-out it not only provides a new life, the new look makes it easy to communicate a customized message with instructions, bar codes or other data, as well as routing or status information.
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21 Apr 2010 Custom Printed Water Activated Tape – Sustainability and Branding Made Easy

[caption id="attachment_1385" align="alignnone" width="425" caption="Communicate Your Brand with Green Packaging"][/caption] It is increasingly difficult today to make a lasting positive impression on a customer considering all of the competition and options that are available. Companies spend a lot of money creating and image and brand and...

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