blog    Plastic Ingenuity April 2013 Archive

Conversation Starters Part 4: Preventing Waste with Convenient Plastic Packaging

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 | 0 comments

When a packaging company designs for sustainability, it isn’t just the package itself that they need to consider—it’s what goes in that package. Plastic packaging should discourage waste of both itself and the product inside, or else it can create environmental problems far outside the landfill. A prime example of this is food waste. According to the Global Methane Initiative, food waste in a landfill produces methane gas. The methane produced from food waste alone is more dangerous than carbon dioxide emissions from every car on the road! Factor in that 1/4 of all purchased food gets thrown away, and you have a serious problem on your hands. So what’s a packaging company to do? Making the Most of Food What savvy packaging companies focus on now more than ever is convenience in their food packaging solutions. For example, airtight plastic packaging makes food last longer, whether it’s bought at the store or brought home from a restaurant in a takeout container. Sealing and resealing are both big priorities in the industry, including plastic packaging solutions like easy-open, resealable bags...

Conversation Starters Part 3: Defining Sustainability in Pharmaceutical Packaging

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 | 0 comments

Sustainability is one of the biggest concerns that a packaging company faces today, and in few industries can it be more problematic than pharmaceutical packaging. After all, pharmaceutical packaging has to be difficult for a child to open but easy enough for the elderly, it has to be strong while reducing material and it needs to generate recyclable waste, if possible. One recourse that a packaging company can take is to manufacture compliance packaging as opposed to pill-bottle packaging, and the increasing popularity of compliance packaging may make you ask: What does sustainability mean to you? Combining Eco-Friendly and User-Friendly Designs Compliance-prompting pharmaceutical packaging encourages users to take the doctor-recommended dosages—one example is a tray that holds each dose in an individual cavity, so users only remove one dose of pills at a time instead of accessing the entire package at once. This type of packaging uses several different types of material, including paper, plastic and foil, which may give the illusion of poor sustainability. When made responsibly, though, medical packaging like this can be eco-friendly—particularly by using recyclable plastic...

Conversation Starters Part 2: PET Recycling Still On the Rise

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 | 0 comments

Recent recycling data shows that PET packaging continues to be one of the most recycled types of plastic on the market today, especially when it comes to consumer products. While advances in the manufacturing of PET by packaging companies are making it lighter and less wasteful, the percentage of bottles being recycled continues to rise, giving this material considerable staying power when it comes to sustainable manufacturing. PET Packaging and Water: H2-Whoa In 2010, about 32 percent of all PET water bottles were recycled. According to recently released data from the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), in 2011, that number jumped up to 39 percent—a 20 percent increase. About 500 million pounds of PET plastic was recycled, and that’s just from water bottles. Consider also that packaging companies are finding ways to make PET packaging thinner and lighter all the time—recent data from the Beverage Marketing Corporation shows that the average weight of a half-liter PET water bottle went down more than 45 percent between 2000 and 2011. That adds up to billions of pounds of PET saved,...

Introducing New Blog Series: Conversation Starters

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 | 0 comments

We’ll be the first to admit it here at Plastic Ingenuity: We can’t help getting excited over the latest trends in plastic packaging. While other people are perfecting their fantasy baseball rosters and browsing the web, we’re reading up on the latest recycling statistics and innovative design awards. And sometimes we pick up on cool trends we want to share.  In our new blog series, you’ll learn about some of the hottest and latest trends in the plastic packaging industry, and how they have an impact on other industries, too. Part One: Study Shows Consumers Prefer “Clamming Up” Clamshell packaging is just one of the designs that we specialize in at PI, and apparently, we’re not the only ones that think it’s pretty special. According to a recent study, consumers enjoy clamshell package as much as we do—in fact, they like it a whole lot more than paperboard packaging. A behavioral study conducted by Klockner determined that when given a choice between a clear clamshell package and a paperboard package containing the same product, the clamshell was significantly more effective...

Packaging Particulars Part Four: Packaging for Retail

Posted by rhelmke on Plastics | Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 | 0 comments

No matter the value of what you’re selling, you want it to always look its best and be protected in a retail environment. That’s why the best plastic manufacturers have the same philosophy we do at PI: There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all packaging for retail. We always take the steps that any quality plastic manufacturer should, because success in the world of retail is highly dependent on how the products are presented to the customer in the store. See the klockner pntaplast eyetracking study report to see how different packaging options can make a difference to the bottom line. Packaging for Retail Takes Style and Substance Packaging for retail products has to be highly appealing and highly functional. This means showcasing the product visually, no matter the size or shape, while still making sure that the packaging is secure and fits efficiently on a shelf. While you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, consumers in a retail environment often associate quality packaging with a quality product, so it has to look good while doing its job. The Varying...