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Brilliant Sustainable Packaging

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By: Jurlique's new Biodynamic

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One of the greenest ways to do packaging is to incorporate it into the product. lite2go by knoend, San Francisco-based designers who effectively created a functional lighting system while practically eliminating any waste that would ordinarily come with unwrapping or opening the packaging. Open the box, and you have your lampshade, leaving just a cardboard band and some hemp twine for recycling or composting. It even comes with a 7 watt compact fluorescent light bulb.

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Steve Haslip’s HangerPak comes from a slightly different point of view; his packaging design turns in to something you can use with what comes inside (as long as that’s a t-shirt). Even if a cardboard hanger has a limited lifetime, it still gets an extra life cycle instead of going straight from package to recycling bin (or, worse, the landfill).
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Designer Tom Ballhatchet had his thinking cap on when he came up with his TV Packaging Stand. It's another one that does just what it says: The package your new TV comes in transforms into the stand for it; since most flat-screen TVs are roughly the same shape, just the white corners need model-specific designs, making it a good candidate for easy mass production, from a variety of (recycled, recyclable, biodegradable, even) materials.

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When it comes to green cardboard packaging, though, most everyone can learn a little something from the Chicago Paper Tube & Can Company, whose EcoPak can directly house beauty products.

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Most shoes aren't perfectly square, so why should their packaging be? That's the question answered by this slick package for Newton running shoes, which use molded recycled cardboard -- a material similar to egg cartons -- to create a size-sensible package for a pair of shoes. And, instead of stuffing them with useless paper packing, they put a pair of socks in one shoe, and a reusable shoe bag in the other.

This IT industry has a long way to go… But this is a nice start.

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HP came up with a radical new design for the packaging for its Pavilion dv6929; the resulting no-box, messenger bag-centric design cut the packaging back by a whopping 97 percent!

Worst Packing (Not Sustainable) See it HERE

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July 28, 2009 - Posted by | Ads, Business, Marketing, Packaging, Sustainability | ,

1 Comment »

  1. So right on. When it comes to presentation, we ecologically minded entrepreneurs need to have the same standards as nature itself .. what could be more spectacular?

    Comment by IVA | July 29, 2009 | Reply


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